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Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull
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Sep 27, 09

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Recommended for: Grades 2-5
Read in September, 2009, read count: 1

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 for Cesar and his family took a turn for the worse, when a bad drought forced them to move away. The family moved to California where they would work on other people’s farms. The conditions were horrid and workers were treated inhumanely. In addition, workers were paid barely anything and life was difficult. Cesar decided to take action and called together a meeting. This meeting would lead to the beginning of extraordinary changes for all American workers. A book about how one man’s action caused a country to change. Viva La Causa! This book can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom including covering topics such as: American heroes, social action, Mexican-American history, hope, biographies, and prejudice. This award -winning book was written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Yuyi Moralses in 2003 by Hartcourt Inc. and would be a great addition to any elementary classroom library.
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