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I read and lesson planned this book when I student taught Spanish I to 7th and 8th graders Any review I write will not do the book justice because it s been a long time and deserving of a reread Definitely a great learning tool and Hispanic historical novel to read to middle school students. 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 What a wonderful bookRTC English 425 Submitter s name Whitney Price Book Bank Book Bank subject Group 3BookReference information Title Esperanza RisingAuthor Pam Munoz RyanPublisher Scholastic Press Year 2000 of pages 253 Genre FictionReading level Interest level 13 15Potential hot lava racismGeneral response reaction My first response to this book was that I wanted it to be longer I wanted to read about the relationships Ezperanza makes and to see if anything evolves between her and Miguel I really enjoyed this book It would be an amazing multi cultural book to use in the classroom It uses Spanish words and phrases but also tells you what each one means It shows how racism is bad and how it hurts people It shows how people should not be treated a different way just because of their background It is not only a great story, but it teaches a great lesson I think this book would most likely attract teenage girls The themes seem to be girl orientated I also suggest this book to children who understand racism and how it is bad A good way to introduce this book could be during a social studies lesson about the Mexican culture or about how Hispanics come to the United States and how hard they work for a living.Subjects, Themes, and Big Ideas Family is a huge theme in this story It shows how much one needs their family Esperanza almost became the mother once her mom got sick She had to take care of two babies She had to rely on another family to help her get through it all Growing up is a big subject Esperanza has to grow up fast once she reaches the United States She had to take care of babies, do chores, watch over her mama, and she eventually goes out and works the fields Her character developed greatly throughout the story and by the end, you realize how much she does care for those people around her.Characters Esperanza is the main character She grew up as a very rich girl in Mexico, then after the death of her father, she is forced to move to the United States and live as a poor girl Romona is her mother who has a heart of gold Even after she is forced to live the poor life, she still treats everyone kindly and respects everyone Abuelita is the grandmother, and cannot go to the United States at first due to a swollen ankle she sustained in the house fire Miguel is the son of Alfonso and Hortensia He was a couple years older than Esperanza and they grew up together Alfonso is an old friend of Esperanza s father and was in charge of all the field workers Hortensia was the wife Alfonso, and the care taker of Esperanza Senor Rodriguez is an old friend who helps them escape Mexico Isabel is the cousin of Miguel and quickly becomes Esperanza s friend in the United States Josefine and Juan are Miguel s aunt and uncle and arranged for them all to come to the United States and to have a place to live Marta is the trouble maker of the camp, who wants to strike, and makes fun of Esperanza Irene and Melina are two women who live on the campsite who end up befriending Esperanza and helping her with the babiesPlot summary Esperanza lived a very rich life style in Mexico until her father is killed They run away to Mexico with the help of their friends, but Esperanza is afraid she will not be able to adjust to the life style of being poor and does not know how she will live without her Abuelita Her mama gets sick and Esperanza must work to earn money to pay the bills and to save up for Abuelita to come to the United States Her mom ends up surviving and her Abuelita finally comes to the United States with the help of her friend Miguel.Strengths including reviews and awards Pura Belpre Award, 2001 ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults Smithsonian Best Books 2000Publisher s Weekly Best Children s Books 2000 L.A Times Best Books of 2000Drawbacks or other cautions A huge caution could be the use of racism throughout the book It shows how Hispanics were looked down upon and how people did not care It also shows how other minorities were looked down on and how they were treated unfairly and place d into crowded camps Teaching ideas One idea could be based around teaching about Mexico and their different customs One could teach about the Mexican revolution and how it affected the country and all the people Since fruit is a huge part of the story, you could bring in the different types of fruits and vegetables mentioned in the book They could discuss how illegal immigrants cause a strain on the economy but how helpful they can be at the same time One could have the students write a different ending to the story Since family is a huge part of the story, each student could do a little presentation on their family and why they are so important As a class, you could discuss different types of strikes that have happened throughout United States history A teacher could lead a discussion about racism and how it affected the United States and why it is wrong. I adored Esperanza, her family, and their story 3 An inspiring story of struggle, hardship, and hope, Esperanza Rising gave me and my children much to discuss This is a great work of historical fiction for children based on the life of the author s grandmother.Esperanza, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, and her mother must leave their home in Mexico and start over as farm workers in California after the death of her father Set in the early 1930 s, this book gives you a feel for the struggles of the Great Depression as well as California History Filled with Spanish phrases and words, it s a great introduction to learning Spanish and shows many cultural aspects as well.This book is rich with ideas for great discussions on empathy, economics, labor unions, race relations, prejudice, rights, family, choices, hope, attitude, work, pride, and kindness Make sure you keep tissues by as you read I don t usually cry when reading, but this book brought my tears to the surface again and again making it difficult to read aloud to my kids It s a sweet book about hard work, love, and hope. A wonderful story I listened to the audiobook but I want to read it again with a paper copy at some point. This book was, I suppose, a good educational read rather a beginner s Grapes of Wrath from a Mexican perspective It covers very difficult issues of race, class difference, child labor and death with tact and a certain amount of gentleness.But overall after I was finished I could not help but be faced with the difficult feeling that Esparanza, while being an incredibly strong young woman and a good role model in that sense, often overlooks the immorality and unfairness of her situation in order to continue living and doing what she has to do I mean, that s a totally valid theme and it s in many ways honorable of her but given the horrible situation she s in, there are a lot of questions that arise Esparanza is a 13 year old pulled out of school, subjected to backbreaking and agonizing child labor and essentially orphaned This is a terrible situation for a child to be in, but the close of the book lauds Esparanza for the great, strong person that she has become for her hard work Look She knows how to cook now Look She knows how to work hard instead of being pampered Look She no longer has any selfish wants or needs If Esperanza were 18 or even 16 that sort of might fly, but the fact of the matter is that she is 13 She should not be in that situation and there is very little outrage towards the fact that she s in it What makes it so especially questionable is the way that the strikers were portrayed They were demonized Marta, the main girl who attempts to lead the strikes and revolts I think that s her name is looked at as Esperanza s opposite Lazy, mean spirited, angry, and violent And later she is punished for her sins All of the strikers are For standing up and saying that children should not have to work, that humane housing and sanitations conditions should be met, that everyone should be paid a living wage They are all arrested and deported, and afterwards Esparanza and her family are safe, saying, We are loyal to the company, so the company takes care of us Oh, is that so Where is the company when the dust storms happen and the workers are trapped in the blistering wind Where is the company when the children have blistered hands form peeling starchy potatoes Where is the company when Esperanza s mother nearly dies because of horrible working conditions and Esperanza is forced to pay for her medical bills In fact, every time that there is a fight in the book and the battle between working and dealing with unfairness vs fighting for a better world, working always wins out I m really not comfortable with the fact that the main themes of the book seem to be Life sucks plug on and deal with it, rather than Enact real, lasting social change so that life doesn t quite suck so bad for future generations Esparanza in the end realizes that she essentially has no future and will never return to an education it tops out at if she s lucky, she might be able to buy a very small house And yet she has learned to be happy with that I m sorry, but I m not. Though Esperanza comes from a privileged background, she and her mother are forced to flee Mexico after her father dies She must work as a farm laborer despite her upbringing and education in southern California during the Great Depression The characterization is lovely they are well rounded with realistic concerns and struggles This novel illuminates the unique plight of Mexican American laborers during the Great Depression, including forced deportation, labor strikes, competition from the Dust Bowl Okies, profound discrimination, and horrific living conditions Marvelous historical fiction Booktalk this 10 14 year old girls. What a beautiful and beautifully simple story I love the angles of perspective, the rich culture and largely ignored history of the Mexican repatriation, that the author explores It s even better to learn that the author based the story largely on very true events of her grandmother s time Esperanza is a lovely young heroine who matures so believably and admirably I really like that she started as a pretty ignorant, hot tempered and slightly spoiled child, so we can see that the Mexicans don t all suffer and have tragic pasts, they also have wonderful memories of comfort not luxury but happy times The Spanish in the book didn t hurt at all too, helped me to learn a bit Can t wait to read from this author