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...And Now Miguel

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  2,621 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
He wanted to be treated like a man, not a child.

Every summer the men of the Chavez family go on a long and difficult sheep drive to the mountains. All the men, that is, except for Miguel. All year long, twelve-year-old Miguel tries to prove that he, too, is up to the challenge'that he, too, is up to the challenge'that he, too is ready to take the sheep into his beloved San
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 4th 1984 by HarperCollins (first published 1952)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) If it's her first lamb, she might reject it. She might not have enough milk, or be too weak to feed it after a difficult birth. Sheep that have twins…moreIf it's her first lamb, she might reject it. She might not have enough milk, or be too weak to feed it after a difficult birth. Sheep that have twins may push one away, knowing there's not enough milk for both. Or she may be aware that there's something wrong with it, for example if it was born with a defect, animals can sense these things and she will drive it away rather than invest in caring for it.(less)

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Benji Martin
Mar 23, 2015 Benji Martin rated it really liked it
I was impressed with this book. I came into it expecting to dislike it. I mean how can a book about a shepherd family be that exciting? But there wasn't a moment of the book that I really didn't like. I totally got Miguel's desire to grow up fast and to be a part of the annual trip to the mountains. I was entertained by his constant scheming to obtain his desire. Things went well somedays, but somedays everything fell apart, like when he fell into the wool bag, and was too embarrassed to call ou ...more
Oct 10, 2007 Kimbolimbo rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: All ages
Shelves: read-in-2008
A friend told me this book was a must-read. I saw it on the library shelf one day while browsing and checked it out. Reading was kind of painful. I didn't really like it that much. Sure I learned all about sheep herding, never really gave sheep herding much thought before. I had a hard time with the way the book was written and how slow it moved along.
وقتی بچه بودم و هنوز مدرسه نمیرفتم میتونستم بخونم،این رو اولین بار قبل از مدرسه خوندم و یک بار هم چند سال بعدش شاید وقتی ۹-۱۰ ساله بودم
May 16, 2011 Jill rated it it was ok
I liked this more than I thought I would, but not much. It's by the same author as Onion John, which started off great and fizzled out. Joseph Krumgold was the first author to win two Newbery awards.

"The truth is, to get Pedro out of bed it is necessary to pull him by the feet, and let him fall on the floor, and then bend the mattress in half so there's no more bed anymore he can get back into."

"A secret of only one person after a while gets too hard to keep. To make it real you have to tell som
May 24, 2014 Kathi rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery

Cool facts listed about author Joseph Krumgold and the documentaries that he wrote and produced after a lucrative film career. Although And Now Miguel is certainly a worthwhile book, I believe it would not survive the competition of the 21st century. Also, the Newbery Board’s opinion might possibly have been swayed by admiration for facts noted in the first sentence above.

Things I liked about the book:
1. Miguel himself
----a. very good at heart, and also realistic (he lied just a little, an
Aug 21, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
This one hovered between three and four stars for me, but I finally decided it earned the last star because it really was well written. I consistently felt like I should have been enjoying the book more because it the sort of thing that I generally like and was well done at the same time. I guess sometimes one is simply not in the mood for a particular book, and you shouldn't hold that against the book.

For genre I marked both historical and realistic. The book was originally written in the '50's
Juli Anna
I'm giving this 3 stars because I somehow can't decide between 2 stars and 4 stars.

I really loved certain aspects of this book: the setting, the pared-down narrative, the archetypal symbolism, and some of the characters. I even loved the voice at certain points, the little asides and observations Miguel makes about his family and community.

However, I couldn't love this book all the way because I couldn't shake the feeling that the author was somehow mocking Miguel and his family. The super-collo
May 07, 2009 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: newbery
I have never, ever wanted to know this much about sheep...ever! This book is about Miguel, a young teenage boy who wants so badly to go with the men in his family on their annual trip to the Sangre de Cristo mountains with the sheep. I didn't really ever care whether he got to or not. I think I would have preferred getting a root canal to reading one more sentence about "will he or won't he?!?" The only good thing I can say about this book is that it's very authentic in terms of the way a child ...more
Carl Nelson
May 20, 2014 Carl Nelson rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-winners
1954 Newbery Medal recipient.

3.5 stars. Slow, thoughtful, and philosophical. I enjoyed it, even with its long descriptions of Miguel's life tending sheep. "…and now Miguel" ends very well, with the last 60 or so pages being quite good.

However, this is another example of a Newbery winner that adults think kids should read rather than one kids will actually read and get something from.
Feb 18, 2008 R.Friend rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the first book I found myself skipping through. I don't know why, but nothing about this interested me at all, and I had the worst time getting through it for a book report.
L Frost
Jan 15, 2017 L Frost rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-winners
This is a Newbery winner which was the only reason I chose to read it. We have spent a lot of time in the area where the book is set, so that made it a little more interesting. We have family from New Mexico who grew up there during this time period which was another connection. But that's where my interest ended. The plot is slow. The main character could be annoying with his redundant conversations and repetitive dialogue. I can see the lessons that the author was perhaps trying to convey, but ...more
Jan 11, 2017 Iantha rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Slow at times, especially in the beginning--but we demand too much action and stimulation from our books nowadays anyway. I like this type of book that is about being connected to the land, one's livelihood, and one's family in a positive way-like Little House in the Prairie Books-reflecting a way of life that has been lost for many of us. The grandfather's story about sheep and independence was beautiful and touching, and Miguel's thoughts felt real. I wish the real Miguel had writte ...more
Feb 14, 2017 Daniell rated it it was ok
Shelves: upper-elementary
I didn't finish this one as the main character was too flat for me and unrelatable. This might still be a good book for the right reader...Miguel see things very simply and wants to prove himself in rural New Mexico.
Dec 30, 2013 Debbie added it
54 1954: ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell) (checked out)

7/13/13 (245 pages)

This book was written by the same author as Onion John. As it turns out, the books were meant to be two of a trilogy of coming-of-age books for young boys. Knowing that added to the meaning of the book.

Miguel is a 12 year old boy living in New Mexico. His family are sheepherders and his goal is to be invited to go with the men and older brothers to the summer sheep camp. There, they spend the three months of
Jan 14, 2017 Dawn rated it did not like it
I was forced to read this in school and I absolutely hated it.
Dec 29, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, 2016
I've carried this book around with me since I was a child. It was a gift and I always meant to read it but never took the time. Now as an adult I set out to read it and what I found was so interesting I'm glad I rediscovered this gem. There's no surprise that the author won the Newberry Award for this book.

The over arching theme of the book is that young Miguel is trying to answer the big question "who is Miguel?" The author shows us the journey of a 12 yr old boy living on his parents sheep ra
Sep 15, 2016 Ginny rated it really liked it
I first read this book as a new, young children's librarian in my 20s. I read it this time as a retired librarian in my 60s for my Vintage Book Circle children's literature discussion group. Although as an adult reader I appreciate the book's positive portrayal of a Mexican-American family, its poetic and sometimes profound language, and Jean Charlot's line drawings influenced by his work as a muralist and proponent of the modern Mexican art movement, I know that as a child I would have consider ...more
Larissa Langsather
Feb 02, 2013 Larissa Langsather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: newbery
This book is about a boy named Miguel who has a wish to go to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with his father, brother, and uncles to take care of of the sheep during the summer.

Miguel is a very thoughtful, hardworking boy. He wants to be noticed. I loved his brother Pedro and little sister Faustina. For a little while his father and uncles seemed really tough for me to like but I warmed up to them at the end.

I liked this book. It started off slow and I wasn't sure what to think about it at fir
Feb 20, 2010 Carin rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Miguel is living in New Mexico, in a family of shepherds. Every summer, to give their pastures a break and to give the sheep a break from the heat, the men in the family drive the sheep up to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Miguel is twelve, and thinks he is old enough to go too, but his father disagrees. Miguel tries many times to convince him, coming up with plans and taking advantages of opportunities, such as finding a small bunch of sheep who had wandered away from his brother, to no avail. ...more
Dec 15, 2016 Avid rated it it was amazing
I loved it for the true to life humor and the way the author presented the thoughts of Miguel.
I'd really prefer to give this 2.5 stars, but as that's not one of the choices and it definitely isn't a 3, here you go with 2.

I'm behind on book reading, book reviewing, library fines, and work, so I'm not really going to write a review. I'm just going to say that this had the potential to be a great book. The story itself is good, and interesting, and sort of charming, and I could definitely relate to Miguel. However, the grammar choices were ... well, disturbing and possibly even offensive. T
Dec 15, 2008 Jon-michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The title of my book was and now miguel. The author of my story is Joseph Krumgold. this book or story is based on a true story. The main charecters of my story are miguel who is not patient and gabriel who is the totall opposite of miguel, he is patient and more reliable. i think the theme of my story was to never get your hopes up.
and now miguel is set during the 1950s, in those times it was lonely , a little later after the great depression. this story is based on a hard working family that w
Kevin cnca
Sep 10, 2008 Kevin cnca rated it did not like it
The title of my book was and now miguel. The author of my story is Joseph Krumgold. this book or story is based on a true story. The main charecters of my story are miguel who is not patient and gabriel who is the totall opposite of miguel, he is patient and more reliable. i think the theme of my story was to never get your hopes up.
and now miguel is set during the 1950s, in those times it was lonely , a little later after the great depression. this story is based on a hard working family tha
Apr 24, 2013 Christina rated it liked it
The first thing I noticed about this book was the sentence structure. The way the author arranges the words is in a way that one would expect to hear someone who spoke Spanish as a first language to speak English. I was surprised when I found out the author was a Jewish man from the East Coast, and I thought he did well with the consistency of the language patterns. However, because I am ignorant of the real speaking patterns of native Spanish speakers, I wonder just how authentic they are or i ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery, kids
Being the main character, the boy Miguel needed to be likeable or, at the very least, understandable. The best that can be said about his voice is that Krumgold probably intended his roundabout thoughts to be endearing.

They were not.

Summary of the plot: Miguel is the 12-year-old son of a shepherd who longs to be allowed to journey with the rest of the men into the mountains of the Sangre do Cristo range in New Mexico. It his most fervent hope. Which means that we as readers should care about whe
Apr 23, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it
I can see how this book was awarded the 1954 Newbery Medal. Joseph Krumgold didn't actually write all that many books in his life, but the ones he did were filled with a beautifully rare understanding of his characters, their world, and the world in general. His published works are marked by attention to minute detail in conversation, allowing the wonderfully rendered characters to carve out their own personalities for us, and work through their problems by talking to other people who might hav ...more
Adrian Hebard
Nov 24, 2015 Adrian Hebard rated it it was amazing
I believe this is a Newbury Award winner from the 1950's. I had never heard of it, but I saw it in the Newbury Award section at my local library. I honestly do not think I will see this on many middle school reading lists, because there are parts with long dialogue. This is a pity, because the dialogues are worthwhile.

There are two themes. The first answers a question: what is life like if I own hundreds of sheep? We read about the intensity of lambing season. We read about the frenetic pace of
Ever on the look-out for suitable books to read with my EFL classes, this one was part of a prize I'd won at a teachers' conference. Unfortunately, while this might be an interesting book to read with native English speaking children (assuming they're REALLY interested in sheep, which might be debateable)the language is a bit off for using with non-native speakers. If it were only the dialogue, it could be interesting to have the students correct the speech, but too much of the phrasing is non-s ...more
Apr 08, 2013 Gale rated it liked it

This story will appeal more to boys who identify with macho experiences; here the role of females is relegated to the superficial--not unusual in the Hispanic culture. Still--the book provides warm, family interaction. Narrated in the first person by Miguel himself, the book reveals the coming-of-age struggle and dreams of a Mexican-American youth. Readers will discover wry humor, bi-lingual slang and the value of faith. The pacing, however, is somewhat uneven,
Twelve-year-old Miguel Chavez has a secret wish, a wish that he wants more than anything. When the men in his family take their flock of sheep to graze in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, as they do every year, he wants to go, too. But Miguel is not yet seen as a man, and so he fears that yet again he will stay behind with the women and children. During the celebrations for San Ysidro day, Miguel makes a special day to San Ysidro, patron saint of shepherds and of Miguel’s village. He asks San Ysi ...more
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In addition to being a renowned author of books for young readers, Joseph Quincy Krumgold was a scriptwriter for several well-known movies, including "Seven Miles From Alcatraz" (1942) and "Dream No More" (1953). While he did not have a great number of books published over the span of his writing career, Joseph Krumgold became the first author to win the John Newbery Medal for two different books ...more
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