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Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising (original 2000; edition 2002)

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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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Esperanza lives on an enormous ranch in Mexico, with her wealthy Father, Mother, and Grandmother, in 1930. But when her father dies, and Mexican law prevents him from leaving his property to females, his wicked and selfish brothers inherit his money and land. Esperanza and her mother are forced to flee to California to work on huge company farms as low paid manual labor.
In the course of events, Esperanza, the self-centered privileged girl of wealth learns the value of family, friendship, hard work, and having skills. A beautifully told story... simple and elegant.
(It also gives a good introduction to Unions. Some of the workers want to form unions and go on strike, and explain logically why this is best. Other workers want nothing to do with the unions and explain logically why they shouldn't strike. It is very much left to the reader to decide where he or she would stand on the issue if in the same situation.) ( )
  fingerpost | Jun 27, 2017 |
A book that would make a good read with middle school students. That teaches about the struggles families have to go through in search for a better life and better opportunities. Even though the story was set during the great depression, still today we see racism, and deportatitions.
  EstefaniaL | Jun 8, 2017 |
Beautiful and sad. It's hard for me to read books that start out with a tragedy that can't be reversed. Death is the worst of tragedies. Even still, Esperanza's journey from little princess to field hand is full of small bits of beauty and a huge dose of hope. Quite lovely. ( )
  benuathanasia | May 17, 2017 |
This book was beautifully written and actually made me cry. I absolutely fell for esperanza's character and she made me appreciate the family that I have and the situations that I have been blessed with. This book is a winner and should be read to all students. ( )
  lpittman | May 4, 2017 |
Esperanza is a well-off girl, until her family has to go to California because of the great depression. She is not used to working but she rises above the circumstances.

I would read this book out loud to the class before a lesson on the Great Depression.

4th-7th grade. ( )
  alizadawn | May 2, 2017 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 043912042X, Paperback)

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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