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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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This story deftly chronicles the escape of a young girl, Esperanza, and her mother to the United States after her father is murdered and her home is burned by greedy uncles. Esperanza has led a privileged life and is not prepared for life as a "peasant." They flee Mexico with their former servants and find refuge on a migrant farm in California. Esperanza has never bathed herself or had to do any chores, but she learns to cope in this unfamiliar environment. After her mother becomes deathly ill, Esperanza works hard to raise money to have her grandmother brought to the U.S. It is a story of new beginnings and hope in the face of adversity. It also shows the plight of the migrant farm workers and their struggles. It is a great book to use to talk about immigration, forced deportation, workers' rights, and class systems. I liked it even better because the author's grandmother was the inspiration for the novel. ( )
  SuPendleton | Jul 9, 2014 |
Esperanza Rising tells the life story of a young girl who lives with her wealthy family. After the death of her after they are forced to move due to complicated circumstances. Esperanza learns to deal with the drastic changes from one life to another. Her highs and lows teach Esperanza to to never give up.

This book can be used to teach several different things. My favorite this to teach with this book would be he aspect if it's historical events. This need could also be used to teach others about the different themes that are encountered throughout the novel.

I really enjoyed reading the novel. Everything about Esperanza's journey kept me on my toes. Starting with the house fire to the wagon ride to the deportations and more this novel is a page turner. Although he endnotes the novel is touching, I was expecting more from the author. ( )
  meriabell | Jun 24, 2014 |
Esperanza Rising teaches children that their self perception speaks volumes to perserverence. The environment and materialism doesn't have to form your character by assimulation, but by the values and sense of purpose that you were born to make a difference. It demonstrates that caring about people and seeing people regardless of their position in society is what really matters. Life is a roller coaster and flexibility is required to survive the ride. ( )
  Dr.LDaly | Jun 22, 2014 |
This would be a fantastic book to use with middle schoolers about challenging assumptions and stereotypes. Esperanza Ortega was the daughter of a wealthy Mexican plantation owner. Due to an unfortunate series of events, she ends up being forced to relocate to the United States as a poor peasant farmer. In one particularly interesting moment in the book, Esperanza laments how people in the United States assume that all Mexican immigrants are uneducated when in reality she has a much better education than many children in the United States. I could see this being a great book to use in a book club format.
  cseiger | Jun 12, 2014 |
This was a moving story about a girl from Mexico who is forced to move to California after a number of unfortunate circumstances, including the murder of her father and the arson of her family home. She had wealth in Mexico, but is forced to learn to live with nothing, and even though she is living in the "land of the free," given the status of migrant workers and the treatment of immigrants she's witnessed, it doesn't seem very free to her. I didn't have the highest expectations for this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is from the perspective of a young female immigrant from Mexico living in California through discrimination and labor strikes. ( )
  alarso2 | May 18, 2014 |
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Epigraph
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
Dedication
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.
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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)
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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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