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"Seven-year-old Juan lives in Guatemala, a place of stunning beauty and grim economic reality. Abandoned by his mother, Juan lives with his grandmother and shines shoes. He passionately wants to attend school, but fears Grandmother will say no. Finally gathering his courage, he is surprised when she not only agrees to send him to school but also chides him about the import ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 25th 1993 by Yearling (first published January 1st 1988)
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Getsemani Alvarez
Jan 31, 2014 Getsemani Alvarez rated it it was amazing
Belleza, sensibilidad y humanidad en muy pocas páginas. Muy recomendado para todas las edades, especialmente para docentes.
Ellie
Jul 13, 2011 Ellie rated it really liked it
The Most Beautiful Place in the World by Ann Cameron (of the Stories Julian Tells series) is written for children ages 8-12. I discovered when looking for books for my students to read this summer. I not only found it an appropriate read for them, I was personally touched by Juan, a young Guatemalan boy abandoned by his father and then mother. His greatest dream is to go to school. To say more would give away the meaning of the story but I will say that I found the writing clean and clear and th ...more
Marie Neuner
Jul 15, 2014 Marie Neuner rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 830L
Shelves: young-adult, esl
Snapshot: Juan, a seven-year old Guatemalan boy is abandoned by his young mother; she lives nearby with a stepfather who has disowned the young boy. Juan lives with his grandmother and his uncles, but always questions their love and loyalty--after all, his own mother has rejected him and started a new family to which he does not belong. Eventually, Juan begins to feel valued as he starts working and earning money for his grandmother, but he longs to go to school and get an education. While worki ...more
Lisa the Librarian
Dec 22, 2008 Lisa the Librarian rated it it was ok
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Scarleth
A la verdad cuando leí este libro a mis siete u ocho años lo encontré aburrido, y siempre que era mencionado en alguna conversación yo simplemente acotaba que no me había agradado del todo.
Ahora, siete años después, lo he vuelto a leer. En menos de una hora ya lo tenía completamente leído. Entonces fue que me dí cuenta del gran valor cultural de este pequeño libro. A través de la dura y sufrida vida de un niño, nos enseña que con esfuerzo, convicción, deseos de lograr algo, y la actitud de empre
...more
Cindi
Oct 19, 2010 Cindi rated it really liked it
Our first read-aloud in a long time. This goes along with our Guatemala theme as it's about a little town in the mountains there.

This is a sad story about a little boy abandoned by father and then later, mother. But it is a story of triumph as he is motivated to teach himself to read and then gather the courage to ask his Grandmother if he can attend school. We also learned tidbits about the country and talked about what it would be like to be this boy. The pencil drawings are really very nice.
Jessica
Jun 10, 2008 Jessica rated it did not like it
Recommended to Jessica by: school
Important topic; dreadful book.
Elines Flores
Written in the voice of a seven year old Guatemalan boy, this story found its way into my heart and onto my shelf. At first, due to the lack of traditional chapter book format, I figured the reading would feel like a 45 page long run-on sentence. Yet, the simplistic childlike language drew me into Juan's life, sad yet hopeful. Even though written for young readers, it is a serious book with serious moments. Children may find it difficult to relate and make real connections with Juan so be prepar ...more
Francisco Cebrián
Este es de los mejores (y a la vez primeros) libros que leí en mi vida. Para algunos es un 'panfletillo', para otros una 'historieta de críos'... Sin entrar en adjetivos calificativos con quienes no saben apreciar la literatura, independientemente de cuál sea su género y su extensión, lo haré con el libro: obra de arte. También un tanto infravalorada, eso sí.

En mi caso, lo leí con ocho años por primera vez, pero lo he releído, desde que tengo recuerdo, todos los años, sin falta. Un libro magnífi
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SaraJane
Oct 04, 2013 SaraJane rated it really liked it
Page 18:
"Stories are important here and cars aren't."

Page 24:
"She says electricity and hot water and things like that are expensive, and not very important."

Page 32:
"Sometimes when you shiver, it's not just from the cold."

Page 47:
"When something's important, that's when you've got to say it! You've got to stand up for yourself. It doesn't even matter if you lose. What matters is that you never stop trying to get what you really want. of course, I mean important things, not things like hot water
...more
Hugo Arévalo Rodríguez
Jul 15, 2014 Hugo Arévalo Rodríguez rated it it was amazing
Un libro infantil con una enseñanza muy valiosa. Lo leí en menos de una hora y me encantó: la ambientación latinoamericana campestre, los personajes típicos antiguos, y por supuesto, la historia cargada de emoción y vivencias trágicas para un niño de tan solo siete años. El final te enseña que finalmente, el lugar más bonito del mundo es cualquier lugar en el que exista el amor, y eso es lo que muchas personas debieran aprender a lo largo de la vida.
Annie Suliga
Jun 26, 2014 Annie Suliga marked it as to-read

This book is a touching story about a young boy named Juan living in a poor village in Guatemala. He is abandoned by his parents and lives with his grandmother and shines shoes in order to make money. Juan works up the courage to go off to the school and find a better life for himself. I would use this book as a read aloud in my class to facilitate a discussion on how access to economic opportunities such as education can alleviate poverty.
Molly
Jun 29, 2016 Molly rated it it was ok
An interesting little book in its way. It has some beautiful sentences and thoughts and overall the story is heartbreaking and has stayed with me. However, it does not seem like a children's book, which it is sold as. (bought it to put in my classroom library -not a great addition) Bleak themes and probably inaccessible to 95% of my students. The story is not told in a way that is engaging for most kids.
Gustavo Valladares Leiva
I understand that the message at the end (in fact, it is very loud and clear about it), but what I didn't like of this book was that this theme didn't fit with all that happened in the book: 95% of it is about Juan managing to overcome the struggles of a poor boy that lived with his grandma and being more than what he is, and out of nowhere the rest was about this most beautiful place in the world; the theme didn't drive the story, and had into me almost null impact. I believe it would have more ...more
Veronica Molina
Oct 05, 2015 Veronica Molina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: infantil
Es un libro simple y muy lindo. Habla sobre una cultura que imagino que perdura en el país, y muestra una.perspectiva inocente y aventurera de parte de un niño. Si bien tiene un dejo infantil, no es ingenua.
Pensé que sería triste, pero es esperanzador.
Aleisa
Dec 16, 2015 Aleisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grades
"But I thought, where you love somebody a whole lot, and you know that person loves you, that's the most beautiful place in the world." Sweet and simply told, Cameron illustrates a life of intense poverty, family, gratitude, beauty, and education.
Luis
Dec 22, 2015 Luis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Cual es el lugar más bonito del mundo? es diverso, pero creo que este libro representa uno que lejos de ser alcanzado; es perfecto
probablemente mi libro favorito, mi principito, mi anticristo, mi leviatan....
Alexandra Sendoya
Completamente adorable y movilizador, hasta las lágrima para ser exactos. Recuerdo haberlo recomendado en varias oportunidades para enterarme de que todos lo terminaron llorando. Recomiendo.
Cynthia Torres
Jan 25, 2016 Cynthia Torres rated it really liked it
WAY TOO SHORT.
I MEAN, I WANNA KNOW IF JUAN HAD A GOOD LIFE, OR IF HE EVER TRIED TO TALK TO HIS STEP-BROTHER, OR IF HE WENT TO UNIVERSITY... someone please protect this poor child.
Javiera
Sep 03, 2015 Javiera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
lo leí para poder ayudar a mi hermano para su control de lectura en el colegio, y me he encontrado con una historia conmovedora y llena de significado.
Janine
Sep 22, 2014 Janine rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this sweet story about a boy growing up in Guatemala. The simple story and sweet language tells a story that I think my students will relate to and love. I plan to use this as our first chapter book read-aloud of the year. Can't wait to share this one with colleagues.
Rebecca
May 27, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
A very simple, but beautifully told, story - perfect for teaching about the importance of never giving up and always believing in your dreams
Carolina
May 07, 2014 Carolina rated it really liked it
me gusta... Pero creo que es un poco fuerte para la edad a
la cual esta adecuado
Holly
Apr 07, 2013 Holly rated it liked it
I have mixed opinions on this book; on the one hand, it's a realistic depiction of the complicated mixed-family situations common to Central America. However, the author writes from an informed point of view; if the story were actually told by a child from a Guatemalan background (as opposed to someone used to U.S. culture), many events or reactions would not be emphasized as they are in the text. So, the way the story is told does not feel genuine, but the story itself is a good look at the rea ...more
Loreto ♡.
Mar 29, 2013 Loreto ♡. rated it really liked it
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Noah
Nov 06, 2014 Noah rated it liked it
This book teaches some good lessons, but I didn't like the ending
Miguel Barrera
Jan 14, 2014 Miguel Barrera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es uno de los cuentos más hermosos que me he leído, un cuento que es bonito al ser leído de niño pero al crecer uno y redescubrirlo, muy posiblemente termines aguantando las lágrimas al leer ésta historia que más cercana a la realidad no puede serlo. Totalmente recomendada
Mas5thgrade2014
May 22, 2014 Mas5thgrade2014 rated it really liked it
short, great read!
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This brief story touched me deeply. I felt so sorry for this little Guatemalan boy whose parents desert him and who wonders if anyone really loves him. His grandmother, with whom he lives, is poor, as are most of the villagers. Ann Cameron brings out the beauty of the countryside in which the village is situated, making me want to visit and see it for myself. I highly recommend that this book be read with a box of tissues close at hand!
Phoebe
Jun 29, 2010 Phoebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juan lives in San Pablo, Guatemala, with his hardworking grandmother, left with her after his mother marries a man who does not want Juan around. It's Juan's grandmother who nurtures his work ethic and then, when Juan begs to attend school, a vision for the future, encouraging him to study hard. Classic transitional chapter book that will make young readers want to define their own "most beautiful place in the world."
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Ann Cameron grew up in Wisconsin. Today, she and her husband live in Guatemala. From her house she can see a waterfall and three volcanoes. Ann Cameron has been a teacher and an editor as well as a writer.

She says that writing is hardest for her at the beginning of a book. To get started, she follows this important rule for writing: "Apply seat of pants to bottom of chair."
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