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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:Your library
Tags:boy/girl stuff, girly, mexican revelotion, historical fiction, sweet

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (2000)


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This book is one that helped me to accept a whole new meaning for reading. I am not an avid reader, but this book made want to never put it down and stop reading it. It captured my attention and would not let go. It starts off with a father and daughter listening to the earth's breathing heart beat. Esperanza, the main character, experiences many ups and downs throughout the story which make her stronger in the end. She finds herself loosing her perfect life she claims she had. She escapes with her family to Los Angeles after the death of her father in search for a better life. She has to learn how to adapt to her new poor life after having it all. She learns what the true meaning of life and happiness is: Not about how much you have, but having your family together and the memories that come with having them together. She learns she does have all she needs, as long as she has the happiness of her family with her. ( )
  amartino1208 | Jan 27, 2015 |
Esperanza Rising is a great book for young adults of all kinds. For students going through loss of loved ones, economic struggles, or ethnic profiling this book gives them something to connect to. Esperanza faces a world of difficulties in the book but she learns to adapt, and more importantly overcome them. She is extremely relatable to young adults because she is often complaining, easily frustrated, and on a "high horse" until she grows from her experiences. Students ages 5th through 8th grade are going through many changes physically and emotionally in their lives. They are beginning to learn who they really want to be and their place in the world they are growing up in. Esperanza is continually growing from her experiences and figuring out what type of person she wants to be. As a teacher I would suggest this book to a student who needs someone to relate to in their hard times, or a student who feels they are put down because of their ethnicity. I would also suggest this book to students who are unaware of the troubles going on around them in the world and need their eyes opened. Overall, Esperanza Rising abrasively hits on ethnic and socioeconomic segregation in the world in a way that young adults need to be introduced to so they don't grow up ignorant of these problems. ( )
  crieder95 | Jan 25, 2015 |
This was a book about the adolescence and late childhood of a Mexican girl born to a well-to-do family. Near the beginning of the book, Esperanza's father is murdered. After her uncle burns down Esperanza's home in an effort to force Esperanza's mother to marry him, their family flees the country to America. Esperanza is forced to confront the fact that in her old home, she was often referred to as a "princess" and lived near the top of society, but now as an immigrant in America, her family has very little money and the fact that they are Latin Americans means that they are now second class citizens, at least in the culture of America at the time. I liked this book for a number of reasons, particularly the character development of Esperanza. At the beginning, one might be able to describe her as sheltered and even a little "stuck up," but by the end, she is caring and compassionate for those who are less fortunate, especially after being forced to live in the same conditions. I also liked this book because of it's messages about love; Esperanza's mother was willing to give up her entire way of life so that she didn't have to marry a man she didn't love. Additionally, Esperanza has a romantic interest of her own, which many children would be able to relate to in some way. The central message of this book is acceptance and understanding; Esperanza herself goes through somewhat of a transformation, while simultaneously the reader is exposed to a large number of injustices that immigrants were (and still are in many ways) subject to after moving to America.

Reading Level: 4-8 ( )
  AdamLarson | Dec 9, 2014 |
This story would bring up many discussions and topics. The story may be close to home for some students if they have moved from Mexico to come for the "American Dream" and talk about strength and never giving up hope.
  Madison_DeWeerdt | Dec 8, 2014 |
This historical fiction story is a great one to use a in a classroom to help students better understand the Great Depression. This book is about a young Mexican Immigrant who is forced to move to California with her mother. They must work at a labor camp during the Depression. This book is a great one for helping students understand that the Great Depression affected people of all types, not just lower class families.
  manemeth | Dec 8, 2014 |
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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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Curriculum Connection:  3rd Grade Social Studies Std. 1 History:

Concepts and skills students master:2. People in the past influence the development and interaction of different communities or regions
d.  Describe the history, interaction, and contribution of the various peoples and cultures that have lived in or migrated to a community or region (DOK 1-2)
Esperanza believed her life would be wonderful forever. She would always live on her family's ranch in Mexico. She would always have fancy dresses and a beautiful home filled with servants. Papa and Abuelita would always be with her.
But a sudden tragedy shatters her world and forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California, where they settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Experanza isn't ready for the hard labor, finanacial struggles brought on by the Great Depression., and lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick, and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances - because Mama's life and her own depend on it.
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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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