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Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising (original 2000; edition 2002)

by Pam Munoz Ryan, Pam Munoz Ryan

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Title:Esperanza Rising
Authors:Pam Munoz Ryan
Other authors:Pam Munoz Ryan
Info:Scholastic (2002), Paperback, 262 pages
Collections:TED 255
Tags:Immigration, Family, Loss

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2000)


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One of my favorite reads, I felt sorry for Esperanza but loved her resilience and how she made a new life for herself outside of upper-class life.

Best Required Reading Ever. Very sweet. ( )
  knotbox | Jan 5, 2017 |
A wonderful story about a thirteen-year-old Mexican girl, Esperanza, from a well-to-do family who, after the death of her father, is forced to move with her mother and family servants to southern California. They must become migrant workers picking fruits and vegetables and living in a migrant camp. Through the eyes of this privileged child, the reader learns how it feels to "come down" in life, and also how it feels to be "looked down on" by others because of one's ethnicity and social standing, or lack thereof.

Esperanza also does a lot of growing up because of missing her grandmother who doesn't get to come along with them when they leave Mexico, and because of her mother's illness. She has to do a lot of growing up fast.

This story is based on the author's own grandmother's story, and it gives some of the history of migrant workers in the 1930's. It really is a story that includes several different issues that could be taught to younger children and middle-aged children. And even I, as an adult, was interested in learning of this era! Now I understand why it is on Amazon's Top 100 Children's Books List! ( )
  TerriS | Dec 25, 2016 |
Summary: Esperanza lived a wonderful life with her family in Mexico. That is until her father dies under more than suspect circumstances. When her mother refuses to marry her uncle, their house is burned and her family flees to America. Esperanza no longer lives in a big house with fine clothes, but works with her family on a farm. But perhaps she will learn that life is more than the material and happiness can be found even in the darkest of circumstances.

Critique: A beautiful book that offers a new perspective on Mexican-Americans living in the U.S.A. Many people have concrete preconceptions about immigrants, where they come from and why they are here. But this book offers unique insight into how hard it might be to adjust to a new country and how very much one might have left behind.

Lesson Activity/Craft Elements: Ezperanza means "hope" in Spanish. Why do you think the Author might have used that name? ( )
  lmguest | Dec 7, 2016 |
The story follows Esperanza, a 12 year old girl, who lives a blessed life in Mexico where she is very close to her father. The story weaves listening to your heart and the love of family as Esperanza escapes to the United States where her life is very different.
  Jennifer LeGault | Dec 3, 2016 |
Esperanza is a young girl who lived as a princess in her home in Mexico, but has had everything taken away from her and is forced to move. She comes to America and lives a very different life. Will she grow from adversity?

I think that this is such a great book with such a fantastic story line! This story will have readers captivated by the characters and the turn of events. This book is so relevant for what it is like to immigrate to America and how life can completely change.

I wouldn't have an activity with this story, but I would read it to the class around the same time that you teach about influential people that have helped whole races. ( )
  kmedwa4950 | Dec 1, 2016 |
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Aquel que hoy se cae, se levantará mañana.
He who falls today may rise tomorrow.

Es más rico el rico cuando empobrece que el pobre cuando enriquece.
The rich person is richer when he becomes poor, than the poor person when he becomes rich.

- Mexican proverbs
To the memory of Esperana Ortega Muñoz Hernandez Elgart, mi abuelita.

Baskets of grapes to my editor, Tracy Mack, for patiently waiting for fruit to fall.

Roses to Ozella Bell, Jess Marquez, Don Bell, and Hope Muñoz Bell for sharing their stories.

Smooth stones and yarn dolls to Ibabel Schon, PhD., and Leticia Guadarrama, Teresa Mlawerr, and Macarena Salas for their expertise and assistance.
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"Our land is alive, Esperanza," said Papa, taking her small hand as they walked through the gentle slopes of the vineyard.
Did you know that when you lie down on the land, you can feel it breathe? That you can feel it's heart beating?
"We are like the phoenix," said Abuelita. "Rising again, with a new life ahead of us."
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Esperanza grows up on a Mexican farm in a wealthy family. When her father is killed, she and her mother lose everything and must migrate to the US. There she must work and live as a poor immigrant. Finally, at the end, she and her family are reunited with her grandmother, who had to stay in Mexico due to injury.
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A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment.

Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

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Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.… (more)

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