Just finished reading Taking Hold by Francisco Jimenez. I have missed so much. This the first book that I have read by the author yet he written so muJust finished reading Taking Hold by Francisco Jimenez. I have missed so much. This the first book that I have read by the author yet he written so much more. Now I am very eager to read more. He was a child in a migrant farm worker family yet he managed to earn his doctorate degree from Columbia University.
When he was only four years old, he crossed the United States and Mexico border illegally. Their purpose was to escape crushing poverty and have a much better future. The author begins with his earliest memories of his family working in cotton fields and strawberry farms. He described having moving farm to farm and the difficulty of finding food and shelter. My mother's diary told me about strawberry picking during the Great Depression so I already knew about the back breaking labor, often in the hot sun. She wanted to earn some money but after three weeks she gave up. But they could not give up because his family needed food and shelter for them to survive. Many of his stories about his life told of perseverance That trait was instilled in him by his family and it keep him going while he was in college and graduate school.
What really impressed me was the strong sense of the value of family. Reading about his family made me feel at home with all of them and a deep admiration for them. I also loved that he talks about the books and teachers who he loved.
I highly recommend this book because of its inspiring themes. His culture is very different from the one that I grew up in but the family values are happily the same.
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I could not resist reading a book about a wonder pig. So I was delighted to win this book from GoodReads. At first I thought that Esther was a micro pI could not resist reading a book about a wonder pig. So I was delighted to win this book from GoodReads. At first I thought that Esther was a micro pig and so did the author Steve Jenkins when he adopted her. But apparently the truth was that she is a commerical pig. I had plenty of them at the Indiana State Fair's that I have attended. They are in no way small. This story of how Steve and his partner feel in love with Esther is so sweet. I have heard that pigs are very smart and his stories bear that out.
The problem of how to take care of Esther grew as she grew, she kept needing bigger and bigger beds and then there was the problem of taking care of her messes. Also the two later realized that they mat be in trouble with the law as far a keeping her. Loving Esther made them think about the bacon that they occasionally ate. It would be like eating Esther! I am a vegetarian and am so glad that they made the change in diet for the same reason that I did.
I loved this book, It was refreshing to read about someone who came to the same conclusion that I did and I am also sad that I reached the end of the book. But now I can check in on Esther's website and renew my love for her.
I received this finished copy from the publisher as a win from FirstReads but that in no way influenced my thoughts or feelings in this review.