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Side by Side/Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez

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Every day, thousands of farmworkers harvested the food that ended up on kitchen tables all over the country. But at the end of the day, when the workers sat down to eat, there were only beans on their own tables. Then Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez teamed up. Together they motivated the workers to fight for their rights and, in the process, changed history.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Rayo
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Clare Masullo
Dec 31, 2012 Clare Masullo rated it it was amazing
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This book is a bilingual account of the story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, two historical figures of color of which I had never heard. Dolores came from an immigrant family in the southwest, and became a school teacher to the children of migrant workers, who had not had enough money to feed themselves or their children. Cesar was a migrant worker himself, who was self taught in issues of social justice. Cesar became sick from pesticides in fields, and soon met Dolores. Together they broug ...more
Alexis Munk
Nov 28, 2016 Alexis Munk rated it it was ok
I thought this book was okay. I did not like the illustrations but I did like that it was in both English and Spanish. I also really liked how it portrayed the life of those Hispanic workers. Most of the children I work with have a story that is quite similar.
Amy Lafleur
This story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez follows the two activists from their childhoods to their fight for migrant farmworkers' rights. The two stories run "side by side" with Huerta's story on one page and Chavez's story on the page facing it. Dolores Huerta grew up contributing to causes from a young age and saw the poor conditions in which migrant farmworkers lived. Meanwhile Cesar Chavez grew up a bright boy who had to leave school to work under difficult conditions as a migrant farmwo ...more
Oct 17, 2016 Brooke rated it did not like it
Call me narrow-minded but if a book is printed, it should be in one language. It threw me off when I was reading it.
Side by Side is a great book for children to read. The way they include the Spanish text with the English text is a great touch. It really brings out the culture and story of the book. The colors and illustrations are awesome as well. The book has very accurate information about both characters and is very interesting.
Kimberlee Gutterman
Oct 10, 2016 Kimberlee Gutterman rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
The illustrations in this book are extremely captivating. Even though this is a biography, I felt like it was just a regular story when I read it. Knowing that it is a true story helps me understand that the illustrations actually happened and I think this is a really good thing for children to experience. When the book stated that Cesar died I felt like his death was introduced very suddenly and it made me very sad. Throughout the story I had hoped Cesar and Delores would get married but they e ...more
Side by Side/Lado a lado: The story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez –Primary book #3

1. Have you ever seen anyone being treated unfairly? I have, but have you done anything about it? That’s the important part, because many times we see something wrong, but just ignore it or decide it’s too hard for us to fix, so it doesn’t change. Since we’ve been studying biographies of Hispanics that have made a difference in our world, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Hu
Lindsey Bishop
Cute book that tells a true story. The author does a great job putting the audience in their shoes.
Jessica Valdez
Oct 29, 2014 Jessica Valdez rated it it was amazing
In a slim tribute that focuses exclusively on their victories, Brown (My Name Is Celia/Me Llamo Celia, 2004, etc) recaps the childhoods and linked careers of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Though the size of the challenges they faced and magnitude of what they accomplished doesn’t come through as clearly here as in Kathleen Krull’s Harvesting Hope (2003, illustrated by Yuyi Morales), by giving Huerta equal time in the spotlight the author rights a longstanding imbalance in how the
Cara Byrne
Dec 19, 2016 Cara Byrne rated it really liked it
A lovely celebration of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez's lives, advocacy, and friendship.
Mary Parker
Sep 19, 2016 Mary Parker rated it liked it
This is a must have for a classroom that has both English and Spanish speaking children, as it is written in both languages. It tells the true story of Dolores and Cesar, and the struggles they had to go through in order to give the immigrant farm workers fair treatment.
This story is about Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez and how they made a difference for farmers everywhere. These two people banded together to help farmers and their families. They rode on the back of a pickup truck and asked people to help boycott grapes. Ceasar also fasted for thirty-six days so everyone would understand how important it is to protect the workers. For thirty years Dolores and Cesar worked together to help the farmers. Then when Cesar died Dolores worked hard to honor him and h ...more
Aug 12, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it
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Bright and vibrant, this book tells the true story of Delores Huerta and Cesar Chavez and their fight for the rights of migrant farm workers. The book begins with both of them as children and their early connections to the needs of farm workers. The real change started when the two of them met and began working together on the cause. They traveled from town to town talking from the beds of trucks in fields. They successfully fought to get the poisons used on California grapes stopped. They march ...more
Mary Ann
Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez each brought their own passion and backgrounds to the farm workers' struggles. Huerta moved to California as a young girl and learned from her mother to always think about others. As a teacher, Huerta "saw the farmworker children come to school cold and barefoot, too hungry to learn as well as they could."

Cesar Chavez watched as his family lost their home in Arizona, moving to California to become migrant farm workers, following the crops. His life was difficult,
Jennifer Velez
Side by Side is a book about how hard farm workers work and how they suffer a lot out in the fields, and also don’t get paid enough money. They would have to work a lot of hours picking fruit in the hot sun, and they would get sick from substances that were sprayed on the plants. Dolores and Cesar the main characters of the book, joined forces to bring justice to these farm workers, so they could get a better pay, better work conditions and respect. This book is about a true story so it’s a non- ...more
Megan Cureton
Side by Side is a great book that starts off explaining two different lives of young children. One boy and one girl live differently, with the girl being a teacher and the boy working on the farm. They come together and form a la causa, which means the cause for justice and plan to make the people of California aware of the bad working conditions the farmers have to take. With Delores having great courage and ready to stand up and fight and Cesar had faith and bring hope to thousands of farmwork ...more
Grace Livengood
Jun 07, 2016 Grace Livengood rated it it was amazing
Brown, M., Cepeda, J., & Valencia, C. (2010). Side by side: The story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez = Lado a lado: La historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez. New York: Rayo.
Most people know the story of César Chávez and his civil rights activism, but many probably don;t know the story of Dolores Huerta who was his partner in his movement for Latino workers. We follow them individually as they take notice of the challenges the Latino workers face. Together they make a stand to the Ame
Anna Daga
Feb 25, 2013 Anna Daga rated it it was amazing
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This book conveys the necessity to treat all individuals with the amount of respect. Particularly, “Side by Side” depicts the need to protect farmworkers or any laborers with challenging, physically enduring jobs, by providing them with safe working conditions and fair salaries.

Based on true events, “Side by Side” is providing us with a snapshot of the lives of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez. Both Chavez and Huerta collaborated throughout their years together in their nonviolent struggle to im
Mary Lou Carolan
Jul 01, 2011 Mary Lou Carolan rated it really liked it
This is the true story of a talker and a listener who worked together for thirty years to fight injustice. The upbringing and motivations of activists, Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, are chronicled here and describe how their circumstances brought them to commit their lives to support the farmworkers of America. Together, they fought for better living and working conditions and to organize the farmworkers to pass the immigration act of 1986 which helped immigrants become U.S. citizens. Their s ...more
Haydee Romero
Going Home is a story of a young boy, Carlos and his family trip to Mexico. Carlos has an inner conflict because he does not understand how the United States and Mexico can both be considered home. I would use this text to provide the perspective of a child from an immigrant family. As a class we can explore how families work on farms and how they travel back home for holidays. It is an opportunity for children to share their family traditions and learn from and about one another. Eve Bunting is ...more
Julia Miller
This brilliantly colored book talks about the founders of the United Farmworkers union. It touches on numerous elements of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez's childhoods and upbringing. The book has side by side stories and side by side text in English and Spanish.

I would love to use this as part of a thematic unit relating to labor rights, as a reading for Hispanic Heritage Month, or as a multicultural piece to emphasise that there are people of power who fight peacefully for others in all walks
This book would be of great use in a classroom. I really enjoyed it because it had so many great things to teach. Not only would it be great to use for ELL children who spoke Spanish, but it would also be great to use if you are trying to teach children Spanish, since this book has the English and Spanish on each page. Also, with the story itself, it shows children that they can make a difference in life and help make good decisions. It also shows a great story of friendship and that just becaus ...more
Sunday Cummins
Colorful and aesthetically appealing. On facing pages, Brown describes the lives of Huerta and Chavez - their childhoods and how they grew into advocacy for farm workers. With English and Spanish text, this text is accessible to young readers and listeners in many ways.

Recommended read aloud set -
Side by Side by Monica Brown
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by K. Krull
Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers by Sarah Warren

After reading aloud all three, these books could easily be lef
Kelly Powell
This is a wonderful way to introduce students to the topic of farm workers and immigrants. The theme of bravery is very apparent and a true story of showing what hard work can do when you are dedicated and passionate about something. This would be great for students to read that are Spanish speaking, English speaking or bi-lingual in these two languages since the text represents both languages. I would like to use this book teaching the students some new words in either language depending on the ...more
Katie Nanney
Side By Side was interesting. I love the Spanish and English translations on top of each other. I also liked the illustrations.They were very colorful. I liked learning about Dolores Huerta as well, I had no idea who she was before I read the book. I had heard about Ceaser Chavez, but not her. I think I would like to ave this book in my library for 3rd grade and up. Especially if I have Spanish speaking ELLs in my classroom. It's a good story and having the two languages side by side will help t ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing
I was amazed at the truth that was revealed in this true story about boy and girl that grow to be wed and set out to make the world a better place for immigrants and farmers alike. I also enjoyed how the book was presented in Spanish and English. I was able to relearn some of my Spanish by reading both sections in this story. I would use this book to represent a history lesson and to teach a little Spanish.
Molly Toomey
Embracing the real-life account of two people fighting for the rights of migrant farm workers of Hispanic origin, this book follows the journey of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, two people who recognized the need for farm workers to get better pay and working conditions. I really like the positive influence of the book, as well as it being written in both English and Spanish. This would make it a good book for Hispanic ELL students to compare to English.
Marissa Pezzullo
Jan 28, 2015 Marissa Pezzullo rated it it was amazing
This book was a heart felt testimony to what the migrant farmers and less Educated Spanish speaking people got through every day. It tells about a young girl and young boy who grew up to make a difference in the world and to immigrants in the 1960's. This is a great book to show different races, and what they do for this country. This pulled at my heart strings because it made me want to follow in their steps and listen to what they had to say.
Mar 20, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
I loved reading about these two people from completely different backgrounds, but shared the same desire to protect migrant workers, and give them a better life. This is such a wonderful asset for the classroom to help children understand the differences in all of us. I loved the way that it was written in English, with a Spanish translation right underneath it. This is perfect for Spanish-speaking children who may come into a classroom unable to speak English.
Mar 31, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
This book had an interesting way of laying out the words on each page, having both English and Spanish on each page. Readers are able to see the lives of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, and what they had to go through to for equal rights. This would be great to share with students to show what had to be fought for to be where the world is today.
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Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of awardwinning bilingual books for children, including My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising), a recipient of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and a Pura Belpré Honor. Her second picture book, My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral/Me llamo Gabriela: La vida de Gabriela Mistral (Luna Ris ...more
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