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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: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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HIST, Mexico, illegal immigrants, values, morals, migrant farm workers
  prichter | Jul 26, 2015 |
Esperanza is living a luxurious life, with a rich father and grand birthday parties every year with beautiful dresses and jewelry. However, in 1930 her father was killed by bandits and his evil brother comes to take over his house, land and family. When Esperanza's mother refuses to sell the brother the house he burns it down.
  Robinjhud | Jul 24, 2015 |
Historical Fiction discussion
  mefellers | Jul 23, 2015 |
Esperanza Rising I about a little girl who is living a luxurious life. With a wealthy father and grand birthday parties every year with beautiful dresses and everything she could ever wish for. However, in 1930 her father was killed by bandits and his evil brother comes to take over his house, land and family. When her mother refuses to sell the brother the house he burns it down. Esperanza and her mother decide to flee and Esperanza's life changes forever and while at first she has very little hope, things do get better and she becomes a better person as a result.

Personal connection: I felt sad for Esperanza that her life changed so drastically so quickly. However, she shows the strength and courage well beyond her years. I wish more people were as resilient as she.

Class use: Use this while teaching history about the Mexican revolution.
  M_Graham | Jul 7, 2015 |
As part of this specific paired text reading, I first read Esperanza Rising. Esperanza Rising is a fabulous fictional account of a young girl’s journey from experiencing material wealth and security in Mexico to becoming a migrant worker with all of its trials and struggles in California. Esperanza’s story is fictional one, but it is loosely based on the experiences of the author Pam Munoz Ryan’s grandmother. This beautifully written story brings its readers on Esperanza’s journey of discovery about what is truly important to her and remaining hopeful in the face of significant obstacles. The novel introduces its readers to many of the real struggles that migrant workers face such as poverty, language and educational barriers, and both the positive and negative impacts of striking for better wages and working conditions.

I think fictional accounts, like Esperanza Rising, that depict actual historical events, help readers make personal connections to the events and characters in the novel. Establishing these connections is an important step in helping readers develop empathy and compassion for people and life styles for which they have no direct background knowledge. Fictional stories with well-developed themes, characters, and settings help transport readers into the world of the story and create an emotional connection that serves as the basis for further exploration and discovery. ( )
  zsvandyk | Jun 7, 2015 |
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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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