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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
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Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (2000)


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Summary: When Esperanza is forced to leave her comfortably luxurious lifestyle to immigrate to California, she is tested beyond all means, and must come to terms with her past to make a better future for herself.

Personal Reaction: This is really a touching story that I believe inspires the reader to look beyond the pages and see that even in todays society, people are struggling and need help. I think this is an inspiration for young readers.

Classroom extensions: I believe this would be a great way to talk to students about different cultures, and how many people have struggled due to immigration and even due to circumstances beyond their control. ( )
  CelesteJoy | Sep 19, 2015 |
This chapter book set in the 1930's, is about a young girl who is forced to leave her life of wealth and luxury and immigrate to California to work in the fields after her father is killed. Esperanza and her mother have to learn a new way of life and work hard but it is difficult for Esperanza at first. Esperanza has to learn how to do simple tasks such as sweeping and changing a baby's diaper and she is embarrassed by her lack of skills. Along the way she learns a lot about privilege and racial differences between people from Mexico and the United States. She learns to overcome adversity. The story has many great themes that can start great discussions such as race and class differences in the 1930's and present day. There is also the theme of overcoming obstacles, not losing hope and persevering when things get tough. The language in this book is beautiful as the author uses vivid description and flawlessly weaves Spanish vocabulary into the text. There are no illustrations except for the front cover which features Esperanza who seems to be floating or jumping and is holding a rose, a symbol that is prevalent throughout the book. A teacher might use this book in their classroom to talk about diversity and the struggles that people of other races and ethnicities have faced and are facing today. Teachers could also use this book to talk about strength and hope in hard times. Teachers could have students read this and write a paper about a time they had to overcome adversity. ( )
  cpaavola | Sep 13, 2015 |
I loved Esperanza Rising! It really shows how hard life can be for a lot of people around the world. It made me more aware of the world and what is going on in it. After I read the book it led into a big conversation about immigration with my mom. ( )
  Rhea2007 | Sep 8, 2015 |
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 |
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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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