Esperanza Rising Historical fiction , Trade Book. Esperanza has grown up with luxury-- elegant dresses, a beautiful home, servants. Then tragedy strikes when her father is killed by bandits and she and her mother must journey to California to escape her cruel uncle. Esperanza finds herself plunged into the life of a migrant farm worker, with all the challenges and pain that work brings. She can't help but rail against her fate, but when her mama gets sick, Esperanza must find the inner strength and hope to rise above her situation and hold on to what truly matters. Subscribe You may unsubscribe at any time. Member Login Username.
Esperanza, the main character, enjoys her life of servants, parties, and fancy dresses. Her story quickly changes as her family flees to California and settles in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza is not ready for the tough challenges ahead as she adjusts to the change of scenery and lifestyle. Esperanza finds strength when the farm workers call a strike during a time when her Mama is sick. Esperanza must help the family survive in tough working conditions and in a community of people who are refusing to work. The book engages students with the seasons, the growth of fruits, nuts, and vegetables, and the harvesting of each crop in a cultural and historical context. Through the use of crop fact sheets and the development of a poster, students will become "experts" on a crop discussed in the text and share their knowledge with other students in the class or school.
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