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Esperanza Rising
Esperanza Rising | Pam Muanoz Ryan
Esperanza Ortega possesses all the treasures a young girl could want: fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and the promise of one day rising to Mama's position and presiding over all of Rancho de las Rosas. Tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. There, Esperanza must confront the challenges of hard labor, acceptance by her own people, and economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression, while learning the value of family and community.
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amber_ldsmom
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Historical fiction riches-to-rags story about a Mexican girl and her family. Offers a glimpse into the life and treatment of migrant workers in the US. Day 20: #civilrights #auldlangreads

TheBookAddict I remember reading this when I was a kid. I know I liked it and it also made me sad. I don‘t remember much about it though. I may have to reread it. (edited) 2d
amber_ldsmom @TheBookAddict Half of my kids didn‘t like it because they didn‘t like Esperanza‘s snotty attitude for the first half of the book, lol. But it was important for them to learn the history. I enjoyed it. 😁 2d
TheBookAddict Oh yeah! I forgot she was supposed to be rich in Mexico and then something happened and they had to be farm workers in the states. Yep, I think I also didn‘t like her in the beginning. Lol, a good story. Another good one about the culture and history is Bless Me, Ultima but it may be more of a YA book, if I remember correctly. 2d
OriginalCyn620 That artwork is gorgeous! 2d
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Coffeymuse
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This weeks book stack... lets see how many I accomplish.

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taylorscalfaro
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“We are like the phoenix,“ said Abuelita. “Rising again, with a new life ahead of us.”

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taylorscalfaro
Esperanza Rising | Pam Munoz Ryan

I would use this in my classroom because it would keep students engaged with the character being close to their age and the setting being in their own backyards of the United States. Also, the language is engaging and would pull their interests.

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taylorscalfaro
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This book was a great book for historical fiction because it tells a good story blended with historical events. The story accurately reflects a young girl who has to move from Mexico to California to a Mexican camp during the Great Depression. This story accurately reflected the settings, dialogue, and feelings of the period.

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Mr Goku

What do you think this is from the reading candy: “Esperanza could hear them talking in English, the words hard and clipped, as if they were speaking with sticks in their mouths“ (100-101).

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wlpark7856
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“Esperanza Rising” is a beautiful middle school novel based on a true story of the trials faced by Mexican immigrants to California in the early 1900s. The book portrays the struggles in a way that is easy to understand for this age group. It‘s one weakness is that it assumes students understand the various migrations of people groups and why they were coming to California.

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Lf196117
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“Did you know that when you lie down on the land, you can feel it breathe?”

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Lf196117
Esperanza Rising | Pam Munoz Ryan

This book doesn‘t start too strong, which wouldn‘t be a great read for elementary students. I think this book has potential, but probably for more of a middle school classroom.

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Lf196117
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This book does an excellent job portraying the Mexican workers plights in this abundant and passionate novel. Esperanza rising gives a voice to those who historically have been denied one. This book values the norms and values of the time and it represents American and Mexican culture.

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Shannyblake
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#ucfLAE3414F19 Esperanza Rising is a Historical Non Fiction by Pam Munoz book about a young girl who lives on a ranch in with her family during the Great Depression. This book is a colorful and dramatic book about the twists and turns of Esperanza‘s life, and her struggles along the way.

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UDL Guidelines: Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships (3.2) I chose this guideline because since this book is geared more towards Middle School students, they should be able to use prediction and their ideas towards the book.
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Shannyblake
For this book, I found a read aloud version. I would read the book to the class, and when they were away on weekends or at home and needed to read the book they could access it and have it read to them if they struggle with reading independently.
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DrSpalding Wonderful resource again! You should read the book aloud and connect this to social studies. 2mo
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katiehamlin
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Esperanza Rising is a HF novel by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This novel would be best for a LC in a 5th grade class. It has won a few awards, including the Pura Belpré Award for Writing. This book follows the life of Esperanza and her mother as they were forced to leave their ranch in Mexico to go live in a camp for Mexican farm workers in California. Her and her mother learn how to navigate these hardships throughout the novel. #UCFLAE3414F19

katiehamlin The EL strategy I would use for this novel is 24 (incorporate the culture and the language of second language learners in your curriculum). If there are students of Mexican background in your class, you could have them share experiences or aspects of their culture with the class to help them relate to it more. 3mo
katiehamlin The UDL principle I would use is 3.1 (activate or supply background knowledge). I would have students with Mexican background share some of their culture so other students learn more about how they live, and I would give background on the historical time period of this book. 3mo
katiehamlin Here is a link to a teaching guide I would use while teaching this book in my classroom. The link includes a few different lesson plans and an activity. scholastic.com/teachers/unit-plans/teaching-content/esperanza-rising-teachers-guide/ 3mo
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maciforster This book seems great to bring some culture and diversity in the classroom!! Great pick 3mo
Alexush I read this in third grade! This post definitely brought back memories. It‘s a great read! 3mo
JennaMichelleCohn I‘ve always wanted to read this book. I‘ve been hearing good things about since fourth grade. 3mo
DrSpalding This is a beautiful book that truly can bring culture and diversity into the classroom. These award winners have value and should be a part of elementary teacher‘s classroom library. 1mo
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alisonrose
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Feel like a bit of a jerk for rating an MG book low, but this just had a lot of issues for me, the main one being that it seemed to waver b/t almost YA and MG. Esperanza is 13 but at times talks like an adult & others sounds very babyish. The messages were often heavy handed, & a lot of dialogue felt like Very Important Speeches. I appreciate the subject matter being discussed for younger readers, but it needed a little more finesse. 2/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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Thought it was time for some middle grade fiction. Love this cover! #nowreading

Jensol77 I read this as an adult. Good story 😍 4mo
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Tamra
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Daughter participated in a book tasting at school. She was quite definitive about this one! 😳 “Dislike”, “horrible”, “nothing good”, “NO!”.

She told me it seemed more like an adult book. 😆 She praised the graphic novel on the menu though, no surprise there.

Biverson12 I remember loving this book when I read it in school, too funny! 4mo
The_Real_Nani What a great idea!! 4mo
Tamra @Biverson12 I hear nothing but good things about it! It‘s just not the right fit for her yet. She still likes “fun” light hearted reads for read-to-self books. (edited) 4mo
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Cathythoughts Love your daughter‘s answers! Great idea 4mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts well, she knows what she wants if nothing else. 😄 It is a great idea and it would be a fun book club activity! 4mo
Reviewsbylola Love how honest kids are. 😆 4mo
Tamra @Reviewsbylola totally! Though she always apologizes when she doesn‘t like something, which I feel like I should discourage. It‘s ok not to like things. 4mo
GingerAntics Love the zero rating! I think you may have a book critic on your hands. 4mo
Tamra @GingerAntics 😂 Maybe! 4mo
Tertubotn Hahaha! A new Dorothy Parker! 🤣 4mo
LeahBergen 😆😆😆 4mo
Zelma Which graphic novel? 4mo
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Lchnessmnstr
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Esperanza Rising warms the heart like homemade tortillas on an empty stomach.

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thea-block
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This is one of those books I‘ve recognized my whole life, but have never actually considered to read! Finally picked it up to read while nursing. It is well-written, well-themed, and appropriate for these times. Though based at the beginning of the Great Depression, and middle-grade appropriate, the themes of the immigrant experience still ring true. I‘m thankful to be reminded of these experiences. And I‘m glad I finally read this one!

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Estradan
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This HF novel won the Pura Belpre award for young adult readers. It shows the struggle Esperanza faces when her wealthy family has to migrate to the U.S. and start a new life from scratch. This would be a great addition for Spanish students to relate to. https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans/esperanza-rising-learning-not-be-afraid-... provides lesson plan activities and guided questions.

Estradan One activity is after reading the first 3 chapters students can do a DR of Esperanza‘s birthday party and then students can write down any cultural differences or similarities they notice. UDL 8.1-increase importance of goals and objectives while working on the play. ESOL strategy 4 to have students connect their prior knowledge of birthdays to Esperanza‘s culture. #ucflae3414su19 6mo
DezireeLara 1 LOVE THIS BOOK! 2 LOVE the link! 3 LOVE that this can be relatable for our Hispanic students and those of families that have traveled to other countries/ places. 6mo
Stephanie5 This would be a great book for students that are coming from a different country! It could be something students can relate to. 6mo
Apeacock12 I read this book when i was in elementary school! Loved this book because that‘s my moms name. This is such a great book to have in your classroom! 6mo
DrSpalding This is a fantastic book selection. This would be an excellent option for literature circles. Consider using this book in an intermediate classroom. 6mo
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feminismandyoga
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I originally picked up Esperanza Rising as a Read Harder book but had it on my TBR for long enough that I went ahead and read it after I realized it didn't fit the criteria. It's an amazing book and I get what all the hype had been about. These days I tend to love a riches to rags story a little more than the other way around. I especially loved Esperanza's mother and Miguel. I loved her mother's spirit and Miguel'd outlook.

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StayCurious
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#wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB A young girl who is forced to leave home dreams of the life she had #downinmexico. She must learn that there is still hope to be found in her new life in the United States.

BarbaraBB Is this for children? The premise is sad but the cover doesn‘t look that way. Interesting! 7mo
phantomx @BarbaraBB Esperanza Rising is for Young Readers in grades 6-8. The premise is sad at first, but Esperanza learns about what is truly valuable and essential in life. It's a beautiful book, and I love the gold scholastic cover too. 7mo
Cinfhen This would be perfect for #booked2019 #middlegrade #shamelessplug 🥰 7mo
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megansimon
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“‘We are like the phoenix,‘ said Abuelita. ‘Rising again, with a new life ahead of us,‘”

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megansimon
Esperanza Rising | Pam Muanoz Ryan

This book is great at showing a way of life children may be unfamiliar with and has a great theme of sticking to it and working hard.

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megansimon
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Stories of strong females of different races is so important to expose young children to. This book shows strong characters, a great them of perseverance and hope. It‘s a great story with diversity and ways of life kids may have never heard of.

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claireherman
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When everything is you have is lost, you must find your way up! Esperanza Rising is a HF novel written by Pura Belpre winning author Pam Munoz Ryan. Use this story to inspire your students through either IR or LC! Because this story takes place during the struggles of the Great Depression, it would be great to connect to social studies lessons! #LAE3414sp19

claireherman UDL Principal that provides options for Self Regulation (9.1) Promote expectations & beliefs that optimize motivation
ESOL Strategy 30: Encourage the use of diagrams & drawings as aid
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claireherman Lesson Plan: Students write a journal entry as if they were living during the Great Depression which is the historical setting of the book! https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/journal-time-h... 9mo
LaGasseSam1996 I love using this book as a way to go more in depth on the Great Depression. I think I would use it toward the middle of the discussion so they students had some background to it. 9mo
DrSpalding HOPE RISING! Another excellent book selection with a high-quality resource. It looks like you enjoy finding books that include social studies content. Wonderful! 9mo
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sydneybrooks
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I am poor, but I am rich. I have my children, I have a garden with roses, and I have my faith and the memories of those who have gone before me. What more is there?

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sydneybrooks
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I can‘t see every kid enjoying this book, but I think there are definitely ones that would. I‘ve heard a lot of good things about this book.

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sydneybrooks
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I think this book would totally rock some kids world. This would totally give them a new outlook on some things in life. Some kids may be even able to sympathize and relate to the characters in this story.

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Simplykellyk
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What a beautifully told story about a girl who has everything and in an instant, everything is taken away.
Starting over in the United States as a peasant after living a life of luxury in Mexico would be so difficult. Esperanza faces many challenges and has to overcome so much.
I loved this story. No matter what happens, never be afraid to just simply start over. It makes my heart happy that this book is read in our 5th grade. ❤️

Mitch Hi Kelly...welcome to the wonderful world of Litsy! 12mo
Simplykellyk @Mitch thank! So glad to be here! ❤️ 12mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Love this #California girl! Great book!
🎤California Girls, we‘re undeniable, fine fresh, force, we got it on lock🎤
(Not my typical music but a California girl singing about Cali)
#nofemmeber

Billypar Beautiful picture! The EMA song is the complete opposite of Katy Perry's- not quite one to sing along to! 1y
Slajaunie I love this image! 1y
Cinfhen Haha!! Katy Perry!!! I do love this image💕💕 1y
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Bookjunkie57
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1. Ravenclaw
2. Mmm 80%
3. Esperanza Rising (tagged)during my college children‘s lit course which is the last time I can remember required reading
4. Monster by Walter Dean Myers, it was just so sad.
5. Harry Potter. I didn‘t read it until I was way into my 20s

#Book2School @Mandigolightly

Mandigolightly Harry Potter is SUCH a different and satisfying experience as an adult! 1y
Bookjunkie57 @Mandigolightly it‘s awesome as an adult. I‘m in the middle of a reread (via audiobook). I wish I had the magic of reading it as a kid though. (edited) 1y
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brandymuses
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Books I‘m Teaching This Year
Day 1: 5th-7th Grade Lit
Since school starts next week here, I thought I‘d share the books I‘m prepping to teach this coming school year. I‘m so excited about being back to teaching at our co-op. I‘ve missed it so much!

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JenniferMc
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A Pura Belpre award winning HF novel about Esperanza and her family that moved from Mexico to California during the Great Depression. It is the struggle about a family of migrant farm worker‘s and their proud heritage. #UCFLAE3414SP18

JenniferMc UDL 3.1, 9.3 EL 28, teaching strategy LC. A beautifully read read along is included in this link. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ed7ZT_45A4A. (edited) 2y
DrSpalding Proof your post and use the rubric. Now‘s the time to be sure you have incorporated all of the necessary elements. 2y
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carrceli
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#abbsgiveawayWonderland.
Thanks @abbsinwonderland
My motivation...I am motivated by the people that surround me; family and friends by my job and the people I work with and the community I serve. I am inspired by songs and books, movies, chocolate, pretty sunsets or sunrises and by books.

abbsinwonderland 💜💜💜 thanks for entering and good luck to you! 🎉📚😆 2y
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shadowspeak17
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You can really feel the #wind looking at this cover. This is yet another book I would like to reread at some point.

#NoteworthyNovember

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Juliemorell
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#ucflae3414f17 Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan is a HF about a girl named Esperanza who lived in Mexico during the Great Depression. She was a wealthy and fortunate girl, but when her father is suddenly killed, her world falls apart and she and her mother were forced to immigrate to the United States. The author does an exceptional job portraying imagery and character emotions with this book, which is why I feel this would work great as an IR.

Juliemorell The UDL strategy I would use is 7.2 Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity. The ESOL strategy I would use is #24; incorporate the culture and the language of second language learners in your curriculum. 2y
Juliemorell https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/esperanza-rising-learning-not-be-afraid-s... This link provides a plan that uses this book to teach compare and contrast, map skills, literary analysis, cultural analysis, online research skills, etc. 2y
MakennaK I remember reading this in Elementary School! I think your ESOL strategy is a great one! 2y
Juliemorell @MakennaK thank you! I think this book is great for ESOL. Anytime you can find a great book that EL of different cultures can personally relate to it's a win-win. 2y
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ismari212
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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan is a HF novel and it has the Para Belpre award. Esperanza lives with her family on their ranch in Mexico her family is rich so she had things like fancy dresses and servants. She lived very comfortably until one day when tragedy struct and it forces Esperanza to flee to California during the time of the Great Depression. This book would be good for DR or RA. UDL-3.1 EL-2

ismari212 https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/esperanza-risi... this website has 3 different lesson plans 1 activity and 3 reproducible. #UCFLAE3414F17 2y
DrSpalding I like the idea of reading aloud this text to encourage conversations regarding the topic. Your resource would help. 2y
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MochiiMocha
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I enjoyed "Esperanza Rising." To summarize it, it's about a girl who is treated like a princess who overcomes changes in her family as they move from her father's ranch in Mexico. She has to face hard changes in her life in order to adapt. It really is a soft story, and there was a lot of foreshadowing. However, I was fine with that because the foreshadowing presented symbols that embodied the book's morals and themes. It's a great book. 5/5

Kaylamburson I loved this book!! I read it in middle school for an assignment, and then I reread it as an adult and found it just as powerful and meaningful. 2y
MochiiMocha @Kaylamburson I agree! I read it in Elementary school while I was in fifth grade just so I can fill in an extra space for a writing prompt during the English hours. I'll be honest with you, I never understood it until I transitioned into my intermediate schools. That's when I REALLY began to like it; I was able to pick up a lot of context clues unlike before. 2y
Kaylamburson Yes, it's crazy how your understanding and views of a book can change in a handful of years! @Stargate 2y
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MochiiMocha @Kaylamburson It is! It unfortunately is me when it comes to most books! I usually read them and become stunned and confused once I finish them. Then, before I know it, I begin to like it more and more as the months pass by because that's when everything begins to sink into my brain. It's a very unorthodox method to find a love for books; however, it's just how I work! Funny, right? 2y
Kaylamburson That is too funny! It means it really intrigued you if you're remembering them and still trying to comprehend them months down the line. Honestly, I have the opposite problem where I forget almost all the details of a book a day or two after finishing it. @Stargate 2y
MochiiMocha @Kaylamburson I understand that feeling! It happens to me on a couple of occasions. Especially when I'm reading books that are categorized as fantasies because the supernatural phenomenons that occur in there can be very incomprehensible for me! It happened to me when I was last reading "The Spiderwick Chronicles", the Warrior Cats series, and "Wings of Fire". 2y
Kaylamburson I'm glad I'm not the only one! Although it happens to me after reading almost every book, unless I absolutely loved it! I probably just need to slow down my reading, but there are so many amazing books, it's hard to make time for them all!! 2y
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BennettBookworm
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Just as amazing as I remembered from my childhood!! Really want to read this with my fifth graders this year.

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This HF book tells the life of a young girl moving from her home in Mexico to California in the Great Depression. This book was an excellent read and can relate to ESOL children in your classroom who also miss their hometowns and are adjusting to a a new life in a new town. This activity can help connect kids to the book and today's world. #ucflae3414su17 http://pin.it/YxjsMPs

DrSpalding Seeing the award on the front, tells us all that this is a high-quality book. Excellent choice Angie! Please be sure to include a hyperlinked URL that provides classroom application ideas for this wonderful multicultural book. 3y
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And here are some of my beloved middle grade books that I'm finally ready to give away!! Special mention to "Eager" and the Konigsburg book for hitting me right in my 10 year old feels way back when. "Esperanza Rising" will make every kid woke to how latinx immigrants are treated in this country (see: very poorly) & humanizes them in ways kids will understand. "The Westing Game" introduced me to the WSJ, years later of which I am a loyal fan ?

TheNextBook My son and I will be reading Esperanza Rising this summer... 3y
queerbookreader @TheNextBook Let me know how he likes it!! 3y
enidkeaner I STILL love The Westing Game! 3y
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hes7
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I was a bit surprised to find this many #MexicanOrMexicanAmericanWriters on my shelves. A couple I've read, a couple are still #TBR. #MayBookFlowers

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sammisho
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Just ordered this one for my daughter and I to read together this summer!
#maybookflowers #mexicanwriters @RealLifeReading

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stacybmartin
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My #bookhaul from my son's Scholastic Book Fair - thankfully they have Family Nights! 🙌🏼

CrowCAH I remember the Scholastic book fairs! 😁 A highlight of the year! 3y
Chelleo I have an autographed copy of Esperanza Rising that I have yet to read. 😒#backtothetbrpile 3y
Vexingcircumstance Wayside books were my favorites!!!! 3y
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krismac I LOVE Wayside School books! I read them to my 4th graders every year! 3y
kspenmoll Wayside & Esperanza both great picks!!! 3y
stacybmartin @CrowCAH I know! I look forward to my son's fairs every year - something for him and something for me! 📚 3y
stacybmartin @Chelleo ooooh autographed! I'm jealous! I'm really looking forward to reading it. 3y
stacybmartin @Vexingcircumstance @krismac @kspenmoll I loved Wayside too! I couldn't resist - they had a bundle pack of all 3 for only $9.99! 3y
Vexingcircumstance I have two copies of sideways stories and can't find the other two cheap but I keep looking. 3y
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BookInMyHands
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Esperanza has grown up in Mexico with a loving family, a beautiful home, and servants to attend her. But it's 1925 and when her father is killed by bandits her mother is not able to hold their property.

Misfortune continues and Esperanza is soon headed to the U.S. where she will work for the first time in her life.

This is a timely story of immigration, privilege, family and love.

It was also a fantastic audio book.

#notawhiteprotagonist

TheNextBook On my tbr. I actually wanted to read this with my son this summer. He reads more nonfiction than anything so I thought this would break the mold nicely. 3y
BookInMyHands @TheNextBook Mine too, but he's planning to read it this summer for Oregon Battle of the Books! 3y
TheNextBook Nice! 3y
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Chessa
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You guuuuuys we neeeeed an intervention! We already have one amazing thrift store with crazy good books. Now we found ANOTHER thrift store that has a thing where you fill a plastic grocery bag of books for $5!!!!!! 😱😍😐😬😰

Send help. Or bookshelves. #thriftscore

Gayan I need that thrift store in my life. 3y
Beckys_Books I don't see what the problem is 😉 3y
Reviewsbylola Yeah I agree with @Beckys_Books 😂😂 3y
quanners In what city is this....would love to visit that store 11mo
Chessa @quanners Helena, MT! 7mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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5⭐️ my first experience in reading Ryan was Flying Freedom for a children's literary course in college. It was good but not amazing. However, after reading Echo and now Esperanza Rising, she is undoubtably a wonderful writer. A fast paced book but with wonderful characters and a universal theme. #LitsyReadingChallenge2017 #AboutImmigration