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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
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Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (2000)


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Esperanza is the daughter of a wealthy vineyard owner in Mexico, and lives a privileged life. When disaster strikes, she and her mother flee to the U.S., and must live in a migrant camp and work on a farm. Her life changes drastically, and she faces many challenges.
  mlbailey77 | May 1, 2015 |
Summary: 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. Esperanza and her mother decide to flee with their former servants. Esperanza' life changes forever and while at first she has very little hope, things do get better.

Personal connection: This story at first reminded me of kind of a modern version of Cinderella. I felt sad for Esperanza that her life changed so drastically so quickly. however, she shows the strength and courage well beyond her years.

Class use: Use this to teach the issue of immigration and about the Mexican revolution in the 1930's. ( )
  allisonpollack | Apr 30, 2015 |
A heart felt story of a young girl whose family is forced to leave everything behind in Mexico and head for a work camp for Mexicans in California. Set during the Great Depression, "Esperanza Rising", serves the plight of a growing race in the community, Hispanics.
This book would be great for classroom discussions and labeling the elements of a story. ( )
  RachelBowers | Apr 30, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book! There were a lot of rising action that made me want to keep reading. This novel was filled with symbolism and imagery. This novel would work well in a 5th grade class. It was easy to read but still interesting. ( )
  sottallah | Apr 27, 2015 |
I somewhat enjoyed Pam Munoz’ story “Esperanza Rising”, because although it was very descriptive, and the characters and the struggles they faced were realistic, the story was slow in some areas making the story less interesting. Munoz uses descriptive language when she describes the emotional strain the death of Esperanza’s father, but on her and her family, and the difficulties they faced struggling to survive in a new country and avoid deportation. The descriptions Munoz used to describe these events helped the reader paint a mental picture of what life was like for Esperanza and her family. The characters in the story are very realistic and represent many households where the father is absent (due to death or other insinuating circumstances), and the mother becomes the head of the home. It is also realistic because in many homes where the parent is sick the children have to take on adult responsibility on behalf of their ill parent, which is what Esperanza had to do. Although this story contained many positive elements, there were portions of the story that were very slow and caused me to become disinterested and bored. The flow was not consistent throughout the story. The overall moral of this story is to remain humble, and that the obstacles we face make us stronger. ( )
  Mchapp1 | Apr 26, 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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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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