Esperanza Ortega possesses all the treasures a young girl could want: fancy dresses; a beautiful home filled with servants in the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico; and the promise of one day rising to Mama’s position and presiding over all of El Rancho de las Rosas.
But a sudden tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and se
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Title Esperanza Rising
Author Pam Munoz Ryan
Publisher Scholastic Press Year 2000
# of pages 253 Genre Fiction
Reading level Interest level 13-15
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My first response to this book was that I wanted it to be longer. I wanted to read more about the relationships Ezperanza makes and to see if anything evolves between her and Miguel. I really e...more
The characterization is lovely; they are well rounded with realistic concerns and struggles. This novel illuminates the unique plight of Mexican-American laborers during the Great Depression, including forced deportation, labor strikes, competition from th...more
Esperanza, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, and her mother must leave their home in Mexico and start over as farm workers in California after the death of her father. Set in the early 1930's, this book gives you a feel for the struggles of the Great Depression as well as California H...more
By Pam Munoz Ryan
Published by Scholastic
Esperanza Rising is a well written, insightful look into the struggles Mexican farm laborers faced during the Great Depression. This book is important for children to read in that it illuminates aspects of history that they may not be previously aware of. It is not just useful for teaching purposes, however. Munoz has an emotional and engaging style of writing that will captivate the reader's mind and heart.
The story c...more
I was a good book. I actually enjoyed it. The characters and situations seemed real, and, if you read the author's note...more
I was so moved by the selfless act of Ramona to give up all t...more
The story revolves around a girl named Esperanza, whose father was suddenly murdered and she lost everything in a fire. She and her mother had to work in Oklahoma, with her grandmother separated, still in Mexico. This book told her story about growing up, how she felt when she lost everything dear to her, and she was still spoiled sometimes for t...more
Nevertheless I gave it five stars because it ultimately is an uplifting tale about how Esperanza overcomes adversity. There are lots of good quotes in the book that kids can remember when the going gets rough. Also, it is well researched and provides insight into the way things wer...more
Pam Munoz Ryan
This is a book for age 8 to 12, and for grade 3 to 7.
My eight year old granddaughter is in third grade and we read this book which was assigned in her advanced reader’s class. It was a joy to be able to share with her, and I hope we can do it again, soon.
I question the content in this book for an eight year old, but maybe I’m a little over protective.
Esperanza lived on a large, prosperous ranch in Mexico where she always had servants and fancy clothes. A sudden trag...more
In the story, young Esperanza is forced to experience two perspectives as she once lived...more
"Grade 6-9-Ryan uses the experiences of her own Mexican grandmother as the basis for this compelling story of immigration and assimilation, not only to a new country but also into a different social class. Esperanza's expectation that her 13th birthday will be celebrated with all the material pleasures and folk elements of her previous years is shattered when her father is murdered by bandits. His powerful stepbrothers then hold her mother as a social and econom...more
This story was too didactic. Munoz didn't trust her reader enough to figure out what was right; she felt she had to tell them. She also had too many plot lines going that seemed to go nowhere at all. Murdered father, greedy and mean unc...more
|Why do you think that Esperanza has to go through so many hard things?||5||31||Oct 11, 2013 01:41PM|
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Esperanza smiled and reached over and gently pulled the yarn, unraveling the uneven stitches. Then she looked into Isabel's trusting eyes and said, "Do not ever be afraid to start over.”