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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 Muñoz Ryan (2000)


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This story would be very relevant in an Arizona classroom. After observing, I have seen that many students in Tucson know a lot about immigration as it hits close to home. I think this story would bring up many beneficial classroom discussions.
  emilyauer | Nov 18, 2015 |
Amazing book about a girl who deals with struggles and having to work at a young age after the death of her father. ( )
  leeneja | Nov 10, 2015 |
Summary: This story is about a girl named Esperanza who lived in the great depression time. This girl had a hard childhood she had to flee to California and stay in a Mexican labor camp. She traveled for days before making it there. She was determined as the time went by to do better and become someone in the world.

Personal Reflection: This book is a good book for people to reflection there lives and for children to learn bout the great depression.

Extension Ideas: I would use this when talking about the great depression but also how people lived in this time. This will teach children how other felt during the great depression.
  gm902470 | Oct 28, 2015 |
I liked this book because of the symbolism used. Each chapter is named after a fruit, which symbolizes an event in the chapter. The second chapter is named, “Las Papayas” which means papayas in English. In the chapter Esperanza had just found out her father had died and she realized that her father had ordered papayas for her birthday celebration. “Papaya, coconut, and lime salad was Esperanza’s favorite and Hortensia made it every year on her birthday.” The papayas were a reminder to Esperanza of her father and symbolized her fathers love for his daughter.
I also really liked this book because of the growth the main character makes throughout the book. In the beginning of the book Esperanza is a spoiled, very privileged girl. When Esperanza begins her journey to America she tells her mother, “We cannot travel in this car. It… it is not clean. And the people do not look trustworthy.” Esperanza didn’t even know how to sweep a floor, she stays determined to learn though and she never gave up even after her mother got sick and had to go into the hospital. Once her mother could no longer work, Esperanza took on the responsibility to work and pay for her mothers hospital bills. On page 165, she tells Miguel, “Please, Miguel, no teasing. I need help. I need to work so I can bring Abuelita to Mama.” Within one short year Esperanza goes from only caring about herself to taking on the responsibility for her mother and grandmother. Esperanza even gives her doll that her father gave her to Isabel when she didn’t get chosen to be “Queen of the May”. She tells Isabel, “Our Lady knew that being queen would not last, but that the doll would be yours for a long time” trying to comport her after she received her disappointing news.
I think that the main idea of this book is determination. Esperanza loses her father, is forced to move to a strange country, work for the first time in her life and provide for her mother. She struggles at first and has to face getting laughed at and judged by the other people in the community. She never gives up though. She stays determined to learn the necessary skills and she even gets a job so that she can help pay for her mother’s hospital bills and send for her grandmother. ( )
  kmurph30 | Oct 26, 2015 |
Munoz Ryan names every chapter after a fruit or vegetable. This is significant because it allows the reader to see how important symbolism is. The author also uses a lot of personification throughout the novel. Esperanza and her mother start their lives over, after the death of Esperanza's father, in America. This major change, along with many others, caused Esperanza to mature and accept responsibilities that she had never had to face before. ( )
  CasieBelaire | Oct 12, 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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