Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
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Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

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Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive.

Cesar knew th...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jun 26, 2013 Gundula rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in socially significant picture books
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez is one of the most informative and moving non-fiction picture books I have read. While I had heard of Cesar Chavez before reading this book, I knew next to nothing about either his life or "La Causa." This might be primarily because I am a resident of Canada, but when one considers the fact that so much of the produce in Canadian grocery stores is not grown in Canada, but in the United States and other areas, the living and working conditions of farm la...more
Casey Strauss
Harvesting Hope chronicles the story of Cesar Chavez, from his childhood in Arizona, to his leadership in organizing a 300-mile protest march to Sacramento, California. Once Cesar’s family moves from Arizona to California and become migrant workers, his whole life changes. He begins to realize how poorly paid and treated his family is, and these struggles greatly affect him. Cesar never loses hope, and as he enters adulthood, he works towards making a difference. He begins to speak out on the be...more
Crystal Bandel
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, published 2003.

Nonfiction, biography.

Picture book.

Grades 1-4.

Found via Horn Book Magazine, reviewer not identified.

Harvesting Hope provides the life story of Cesar Chavez, beginning with his early life at a family ranch in Arizona. Then, due to a drought, the family had to move to California to work, where conditions were harsh and the workers were never treated fairly. The book recounts how Chavez at first was resistant to the idea o...more
I thought this book was quite well done, in terms of explaining to children the terrible conditions that migrant worker had to face, and what Cesar Chavez accomplished on their behalf. How inspiring that the poorest of the poor could - and did - make a difference in the world. In the author's note, Chavez is quoted as saying "We had never thought that we could actually have any say in our lives. We were poor, we knew it, and we were beyond helping ourselves." The author also points out that Chav...more
Crystal Marcos
I read Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez and I was touched. I did not know about Cesar Chavez until reading it. I read this book out loud to my husband. This is quite a long picture book with very beautiful and colorful illustrations. The length did not bother me because I was very interested in learning about Chavez. I was touched by what Cesar did for the farm workers. I even got a little choked up by reading it. It is definitely a story that makes you think long after you have put it...more
L13 Tracy Beling
I enjoyed reading this book. Once again, Yuyi Morales provides beautiful illustrations that attract you to the book. I have always heard of Cesar Chavez, but had never learned about him in any classes I ever took. I thought that starting the book describing his amazing family life up until the age of 10 was the perfect way to show how the strength of one's family can be so influential. Knowing that's the background he comes from makes it easier to understand why he fought the way he did, peacefu...more
(NS) Panagiota Angelos
Sep 27, 2009 (NS) Panagiota Angelos rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 2-5
Shelves: multicultural
Harvesting Hope is a courageous story of one of America’s influential civil right leaders. This picture book is geared for students in grades 2-5 and depicts the struggles and bravery of Cesar Chavez. As a young boy, Cesar and his family lived on a large ranch in Arizona where they harvested their own food. His family life was fruitful and loving, filled with evenings of singing songs, telling stories, and playing. Unfortunately, being a shy boy Cesar was ridiculed and struggled in school. Life...more
(NS) Laura Jackson
This book is the biography of Cesar Chavez. Cesar Chavez is considered one of the greatest American Civil Rights leaders. As a young boy, Cesar had a very hard time at school. He was teased at school for speaking Spanish. He was very shy and nervous at school, but he still loved to learn. His family had to move to California to work on other people’s farms for very little money. It was during this time that Cesar realized he wanted to try and make a change. He did not agree with the way he and h...more
Beverly Kennett
I listened to this story on CD, while I followed along with the book. It is the biography of Cesar Chavez, the founder of the National Farmworker's Association. The story begins by describing the carefree childhood of Chavez living on his family's farm in Arizona. When Chavez was ten years old, there was a great drought and his family eventually lost their farm. They were forced to travel to California and work as migrant workers on other people's farms. Chavez found the conditions unbearable an...more
Ages: 10 - 13

"Harvesting Hope" is a picture book that tells the life story of César Chávez in a popular education style. The book does a good job of distilling a lot of information and detail into a story that's accessible to older elementary school students. Also, the illustrations, which are somewhat reminiscent of the murals of Diego Rivera, bring the story to life.

The book has more text than the average picture book, and the subject matter lends itself to further explanation and discussion,...more
Summer nights on the ranch with relatives made Cesar’s childhood memorable and delightful. However, that lovely childhood only lasted “until Cesar Chavez was ten.” It was 1937 and a drought overcame Arizona making bill paying impossible and forcing his family to move. Becoming migrant workers was the only option, even with terrible living conditions and not enough money to sustain a family. School offered no better opportunity. The language barrier made him the “clown.” Cesar was forced to quit...more
Maribel Galvez
Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary (3-5)
Reading level: 4.8 (Lexile 800L)
Genre: Biography, Multicultural

Main Characters: Cesar Chavez and his family
Setting: Arizona and California
POV: Third Person Narrator

Harvesting Hope is the story of Cesar Chavez and what he accomplished for the migrant workers. The book describes his life starting with his childhood on his family’s farm in Arizona. His father loses the farm due to a drought and they are forced to move and find work. Working at a young ag...more
Harvesting hope is a story about a man named Cesar Chavez who fought for his and the workers' justice. He began a "Huelga" and as they went city by city people began to join those who were fighting which made Cesar's "Huelga" a success. In my opinion Harvesting hope is a great book for those in fourth and fifth grade to read. I believe students will be able to comprehend the story better and realize what Cesar accomplished.

This book won't just teach the students but it will make the reader...more
Harvesting Hope: Ceasr Chavez migrated from Mexico to California to work on the farmland. Cesar as a kid was not able to finish school, and once he had moved,it was harder because he didnt know how to speak English. He finished up to 8th grade, he graduated and then worked in the field afterwards. The farmworkers wouldnt get paid much and wouldn't get treated well either, "Anyone who complained was fired, beaten up, or sometimes even murdered." Cesar Chavez then started a strike that fought for...more
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez/ Kathleen Krull/ 2003

Genre: Picture Book Non-Fiction

Format: Book

Summary: A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers' miserable working conditions.

Considerations and Precautions: This book deals with the life of Cesar Chavez, therefore it deals with the issue of migrant works in California and the strikes and...more
Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Book 2004

Americas Honorable Mention 2003

Notable Book

This book is a biography of Cesar Chavez. It shows his life from the time he was ten years old on his family farm in Arizona. The family loses the farm and goes looking for work in California. There they see the conditions are horrible. The book shows how Cesar Chavez becomes a spokesman for his people working to get conditions and wages improved.

Yuyi Morales creates very authentic illustrations that really help t...more
Jonny Rivera
The children's book Harvesting Hope by Katheleen Krull and illustrated by YUYI Morales, is a beautiful book about the life of the very INSPIRATIONAL man named Ceasr Chavez.This book is more along the lines of forth to fifth graders, because this is a little more advanced than most children's book. I believe that this book is great for teachers and students who are trying to learn a better understanding of Cesar Chavez and his life, this book is perfect because it teaches you about his childh...more
Harvesting Hope is a book about Cesar Chavez’s brief life how he started his life in a good household that his grandfather had built many years earlier where every summer night was a fiesta and where he always had someone to play with. Well as the book says. Cesar only lived in that house up until he was 10 years old. That is when everything went downhill from there and had to move to California to work on the horrible tiring and dreadful fields where he dropped out of school to work with his fa...more
Feb 14, 2014 Abigail rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 3-5th graders
Recommended to Abigail by: teacher

The book Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull is about a mexican hero that teacher you that not everything has to be solved by violence. I believe this book is written for someone in between third to fifth grade because it will start teaching them at a young age the turning to violence is not always the answer. The reason a parent might turn to this book to read to their child or recommend there child to read this book is because the child might always solve problems with violence and they want to...more
Manuel Chavez
Harvesting Hope is a picture book written by Kathleen Krull about the life of Cesar Chavez. The book is a lot about how Cesar Chavez signed the first contract for farm workers. I thought that the audience for this book is for kids around the age of 7 to 10. I safely say 7 to 10 because it’s very easy to read and has wonderful pictures of the scenes and it even gives a lot of knowledge about Cesar Chavez.
Some reasons why someone might want to read this is because it is a nice story about being...more
I highly recommend Harvesting Hope, a book based on Cesar Chavez life as a kid and shows different events in his life that make him important today. Since this book is based on a true story, its a good tool for teaching young kids to take leadership when theres a problem. Chavez’ story could influence them to become great leaders, if they speak up.

Because this book is based on a Mexican hero I think Chicano families would most appreciate this book, Harvesting Hope teaches children how Latinos l...more
Bryan Flores
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez is a book that is basically a book about this boy named Cesar Chaves that is Mexican and has problems financially. Some other problems he has is his race, like the Americans treat Cesar and his family with no respect because he is Mexican. Towards the end they go on a march to stop discriminating Latinos. This book has a specific audience which is people who have been discriminated and has never gave up on who they really are. You might want to read thi...more
Harvesting Hope is about Cesar Chavez going through the stages of his childhood and him growing up to becoming a leader. Since this book is based on a true story the author Kathleen Krull has made this so children of an elementary age would be able to read and understand the story of this immigrant rights’ leader in his struggle as a child and as an adult.

This book is an inspiration to not only me, but to many others as well. In the book I was inspired that he was brave enough to create a march...more
Lisa Vegan
This is a beautifully illustrated history book for elementary school age students. I’ve always admired Cesar Chavez and this book provides some very good introductory information about his life and work, and is told in an interesting manner. Because of what this man stood for, this book could also be used as a discussion starter about civil rights.
Harvesting hope is a great book for showing the hardships of what immigrants went through and the story of Cesar Chavez fighting for the rights for immigrants through all the odds. It shows children that problems can be solved with words and nonviolence.Its shows that fighting for something can have an impact. Its also a great book for parents to read to their children. I think this book is great for children from ages 8-10. The book also has great illustrations for the book explain the story th...more
Cynthia Bonilla
Harvesting Hope is a children’s book following the steps behind the man who made a difference, Cesar Chavez. The story is about how Cesar Chavez believed in his own culture and his people. He made a difference and helped many Latinos.

Harvesting Hope is great for children around 7-10 of age. They are more understanding and will get what’s going on.

This book is great for anybody that wants to read it, but I think it’s better for a teacher that wants to teach their class about an important time wh...more
“Harvesting Hope” by Kathleen Krull talks to the reader about Cesar Chavez’s life, a man who started as a migrant in his young ages to an inspiring man who changed the American life and Hispanics. I recommend this book to the third grade and up because it is easy to read with the illustrations in the background. It’s a good way to let them absorb the information for later things in life. For example how to summarize an easy book because you’ll be doing that at some point in college. The theme of...more
Harvesting hope is about an immigrant family struggling through the little pay of being farmers. This book shows that turning to violence isn't the solution to any problem. I recommend this book to children between third through fifth grade because the book's purpose is to teach children that they can solve any problem without violence. I believe a parent would turn to harvesting hope as a way of teaching their children how to avoid violence. I know a parent will want to choose this book becaus...more
This book "Harvesting hope" by Kathleen Krull , has such an inspirational not only for adults nor teens but for children as well . This book is about a young Kid named Cesar Chavez who works to give the best for his family , but cant because they treated him into a slave and tried to threatened him because of his race and the language he speaked . This book would be good for 5th graders because their heading to a grade where All the judging will start , many kids start around that grade level ....more
April Fusilier
Harvesting Hope was a very informative and interesting non-fiction biography about Cesar Chavez. There are beautiful illustrations in this book that provide good visual support. Krull did a good job describing the conditions and unfair treatment of Chavez’ parents and other migrant workers in Arizona. Chavez motivated a great change in the treatment of farm workers as well as employees all across America. I really liked the message that a quiet young who went through tremendous struggles could b...more
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