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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.

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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Feb 21, 2016 Manybooks rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in socially significant picture books
Truly, this is one of the most informative and moving non-fiction picture books I have read to date. While I had of course 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 labourers everywh ...more
Casey Strauss
Jul 09, 2010 Casey Strauss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: latina-o
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
Karen Witzler
Another excellent children's picture book biography from Kathleen Krull detailing the life of Cesar Chavez and his quest to bring fair working conditions to farm workers in the USA. I especially liked the scenes of his childhood and the loss of dignity, family structure, and sense of permanence that came with the Great Depression and the loss of the family farm. It reminds readers young and old that this could happen to you, this could become your story, too.
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
May 16, 2010 Karol rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
May 13, 2010 Crystal Marcos rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2011 L13 Tracy Beling rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 05, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the artwork and the way Cesar Chavez's life was told. One point brought tears to my eyes. I also learned a few things about Chavez that I didn't know. My girls also liked the book.
(NS) Panagiota Angelos
Sep 27, 2009 (NS) Panagiota Angelos rated it really liked it
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
Feb 02, 2011 Beverly Kennett rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2010 S10_tommccormack rated it really liked it
Shelves: latino
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,
Jan 21, 2013 L13_Natasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mc-literature
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
Oct 25, 2012 Maribel Galvez rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2013 Carla_abarca rated it liked it
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
Feb 20, 2013 Daniela_b rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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
Oct 02, 2011 Margaret rated it really liked it
Shelves: latino-a
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
Jonny Rivera
Feb 21, 2013 Jonny Rivera rated it it was amazing
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
Shyana Marie
Sep 11, 2016 Shyana Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1-10
Type of book: Historical fiction
awards: Pura Belpre honor book
summary: The book is based of off Cesar Chavez who is a very well respected civil rights leader for Hispanic Americans. The book begins with Cesar as a little boy living on a farm in the Arizona Desert. He talks about a drought that caused the family to lose money and have to move to find work. What they found in California is a very segregated area and no freedom. Cesar was always taught to never use violence. To only use words in a
Ana Ramirez
Apr 20, 2016 Ana Ramirez rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Harvesting hope is a historical book. It talks about the life of Cesar Chavez and his mark in the world of farming. The book includes some phrases in Spanish and it takes place in Arizona and California, which is where he lived. The beginning of the book starts with him as a young child and continues to discuss his life experiences. Cesar Chavez showed he changed as he got older. He was shy and timid and then he became confident. He had a great life and then things became difficult for his famil ...more
Susan Rowe
Mar 28, 2016 Susan Rowe rated it really liked it
Pura Belpre Award

Krull, Kathleen. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. New York: Scholastic, 2004. Print.

A biography about a famous American who fought for migrant farmers’ rights in California. As a boy he had a happy childhood growing up on a ranch in Arizona. His parents lost their ranch due to drought and they were forced to become migrant workers to survive. He was unhappy as he moved around and had to constantly change schools. When he became an adult he organized a group of farm wo
Abby Glembocki
Feb 07, 2015 Abby Glembocki rated it it was amazing
In this complex picture book, Kathleen Krull retells the life of Cesar Chavez. Chavez grew up in Arizona and his family owned a ranch. As he got older, his family lost the ranch and he became a farmworker in California. Dealing with the unjust working conditions prompted him to fight for the rights of farmworkers in California in a non-violent way. He marched throughout California and gained support for the cause. He ended up getting the first contract for rights of farmworkers signed
Taylor O'Connor
Dec 03, 2014 Taylor O'Connor rated it it was ok
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull is not a book that just any one of any age can pick up an enjoy. It requires a certain kind of dedication to the cause of learning about history, and the interest in ones journey in life. Cesar Chavez wanted to make a difference. He was tired of life, and wanted something more, that was worth his time, that made a difference to others in the world.
The text in this book becomes very straightforward as you begin your long read. This lin
Emily Nunez-Eddy
Dec 02, 2014 Emily Nunez-Eddy rated it it was amazing
Author Kathleen Krull excells in the retelling of the life of activist Cesar Chavez, in her picturebook titled "Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez". Here, Krull presents readers with a true, factual account of Chavez's early life, as well as his rise to help migrant farmworkers, to his extended work as a civil rights activist. Her work, paralleled only by amazing illustrations, make this book a must-read for all students.
The illustrations in "Harvesting Hope" truly stand out for their in
Melanie Abril
Dec 01, 2014 Melanie Abril rated it liked it
The children's biography is an original work about an important time in American history for farmers and the man who worked and worked to bring it about. The book begins by telling about Chavez's childhood and his life before the struggle of his parents losing the family farm, forcing the family to move with so many others to southern California to find work. It truly shows the hard ships that families of immigrant workers faced during the time and tells the story that is not often discussed or ...more
RLL52014_KellyMcGushin Mcgushin
Harvesting Hope clearly illustrates Cesar Chavez’s leadership, bravery, and dedication to the cause of improving life for migrant workers. The reader has the opportunity to experience Chavez’s life 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 struggle ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
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
Manuel Chavez
Feb 14, 2014 Manuel Chavez rated it it was amazing
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
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