Earlier, I reviewed the book Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. Today I found a neat video of the author herself reading a brief passage from the book. Check-out the link below, and it may help you decide whether or not this book is for you!
Esperanza Rising Video
08 January 2010
07 January 2010
As Jack's random thoughts enter his letters you learn a lot about him. He loves dogs. His mother is deaf. He hates cats. Even thought his letters are written to a teacher, they are funny and sound like you are listening to one of your friends. You will like this book if you like poetry, but you will also really like this book if you are afraid of poetry. This would be an easy book to read over a weekend, or maybe in just one night! I hope that you give it a shot.
(c) 2008 Publisher: HarperCollins Number of Pages: 160
06 January 2010
(c) 2002 Published by: Knopf Number of pages: 497
03 January 2010
Now wait a minute before you write this book off. I know that at this point you may be thinking, "Why would I want to read such a sad story?" This is why: Esperanza learns that fortune, riches, and beauty cannot be counted as you hold them in your hand or reside in the land beneath your feet. Fortunes, riches, and beauty must travel with you and in you.
In addition to having a back-wards fairy tale like story, there is also a good dose of action as Esperanza uses the lessons she has learned to save the lives of her family members and friends.
Though at times you want to feel sorry for Esperanza, I certainly think that she will leave you smiling in the end.
(c) 2000 Published by: Scholastic Number of Pages: 262 Awards: Pura Belpre Award
01 January 2010
(c)2004 Published by: Yearling Pages: 270 Awards: An ALA Notable Book