Esperanza Rising Author:Pam Munoz Ryan Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, & 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 str... more »uggles, 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.« less
This is a beautifully told story of a young girl and her family who are forced to emigrate to the United States and take migrant farm work in order to escape an unacceptable fate back home in Mexico. Esperanza must grow up quickly as her pampered childhood is replaced by one in which she must take on adult responsibilities in order for her family to survive. Serious, yet full of youthful optimism, this is a great book for readers in grades 3 through 6.
Any book that makes me cry by the end of the second chapter has got to be good. This is a beautifully written story exposing parts of US History that few of us recognize (ie the Mexican Repatriation of the 1930s). Highly recommend.
Heartwarming book about Mexican immigrants and the challenges they faced during the depression. Esperanza learned a lot about how her actions affected others. I read it aloud during a car trip and all five us enjoyed the story.
My daughter and I read this together when she was 10. It was one of those books that she will remember when she reads to her kids. It was a very insipring story about love and loss and life. Riches to rags to understanding how life is. A great family a great story. I also think it was based on the authors life.