20th out of 41 books — 33 voters
Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A.
¡Sí, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can! is a bilingual fictional story set against the backdrop of the successful janitors’ strike in Los Angeles in 2000. It tells about Carlitos, whose mother is a janitor. Every night, he sleeps while his mother cleans in one of the skyscrapers in downtown L.A. When she comes home, she waves Carlitos off to school before she goes to sleep. One nigh...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Cinco Puntos Press
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LOVE this book (and so does my preschooler!). The story of janitors fighting for justice is seen through the eyes of Carlos, a child whose mama is one of the janitors organizing a strike. His mama explains to him why they are striking; then he talks about the strike with his class and learns that some other kids have parents who are on strike as well. He and his teacher and classmates end up making signs and marching with the workers. After the janitors' successful struggle, the book ends with C...more
This book addresses very important social issues and demonstrates that children can also be involved in them. I recommend this book to every children of every age, and I recommend having a discussion about words that appear in the story but the children might not have heard, like strike, union, etc. I think it is very important that the story is bilingual so it can be more accessible to Spanish speakers all over this country, and hopefully it reaches other countries.
This book would be a excellent introduction to issues of protest and social justice for children. It could also be used to introduce the struggles and triumphs of Cesar Chavez as it puts his ideas into a modern context and shows that we are still working for justice and recognition for many. I love the support the characters show for one another and that the story is written in both English and Spanish.
In this story a little boy Carlitos is faced with a difficult situation when he learns his mom is not making enough money to take care of him and get the medicine his grandmother needs. They have a protest to change their working conditions and it works! This is a relavant story b/c it's ture and many families still struggle with finances and similar issues.
In this story a little boy watches his mom go through a diffifcult time with her job as a janitor. The boy's mom leads her co-workers in a strike and want a raise. This is a book that could be used in social studies to explain how workers will go on strike against their jobs or government at times to stress a point or make a demand.
This book talks about the current problems facing low wage jobs from immigrants workers and how one child wanted to make things better for his mother. The book was inspired by the actions of Cesar Chavez and his struggles for better pay and conditions for farm workers.