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Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Tells the story of labor leader, Dolores Huerta
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2012 by Marshall Cavendish
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Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It strikes a good balance for kids (and people in general) by not patronizing but also not bogging itself down with too many details or lofty language. Dolores is shown as a dynamic person capable of many different roles -- she is described as a teacher, detective, friend, warrior, organizer, peacemaker, storyteller, mother, woman, fortune-teller, and hunter. She is portrayed as an individual and leader but not isolated from the broader movement of which she was a part. Withou ...more
Cherilyn Munoz
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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It’s another story of a woman who steps forward to take care first of those in her community. Dolores Huerta grew up in California, was educated and became a teacher, but quickly learned her students were hungry and many didn’t have shoes. She wanted to know why, and learned from the parents that they weren’t paid enough to eat well or buy their children shoes. Through the early fight with bosses, her alliance with Cesar Chavez in the fight with the United Farm Workers, Dolores was there, giving ...more
Christian Espinoza
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Dolores is a teacher, a mother, and a friend." This inspiring children's book tells the story of Dolores Huerta, a hero who helped Spanish-speaking migrant workers get better working conditions. The book is written so it not only tells the story but it also describes Dolores Huerta in many different ways. She is a teacher, she is a warrior, she is woman and many more. This language shows how empowering this woman was and helps children relate to the story. The pictures are very detailed and sho ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I had never heard of Dolores Huerta until I read this book. The author relates what Dolores did without providing any names or dates until the timeline at the end of the book. Fortunately for those who want to know more, there is also a list of books, articles, and web sites on the last page. This book serves as a brief introduction to Dolores for younger readers.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having read a lot of nonfiction picture book biographies of Cesar Chavez recently, I stumbled upon Dolores Huerta and her role in the labor union movement. She was usually just mentioned as an aside despite her contributions so I was pleased that there was this picture book. The back matter really fleshed out the story text.
Sean Harding
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Magic little picture book here, with great illustrations and a potent story about a woman who stood up for the workers to give them a better life, and better hope for the future. Important and inspirational.
Kayla Rhome
Plot Summary:
- In this biography by Sarah Warren it tells the story of a woman named Dolores Huerta. Dolores is a teacher, a mother, and a friend. Her students come to her class hungry, sick, and with no shoes for recess. Dolores goes to her children’s homes and asks their mommies and daddies (migrant workers) why their children have no shoes, are sick, and are always hungry. They say that they are not getting paid enough to do these things for their children. Dolores goes to the farmers and ask
Jessica Valdez
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Warren’s debut provides a much-needed biography of a heroine in the struggle for migrant farmworkers’ rights.
Dolores Huerta, often relegated to a secondary character in books about César Chávez, takes center stage in this accessible story. Huerta’s story begins with her realization that migrant farmworkers’ conditions and pay are the root causes for her own students’ poor health, hunger and lack of shoes. The author chronicles Huerta’s journey by emphasizing her various roles: teach
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sarah Warren. Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers (2012). Dolores Huerta was a teacher who took up the cause of migrant farm workers and started the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) with Cesar Chavez. This charming biography has soft realistic watercolor and pastel illustrations depict many years of Huerta's life. The book is written in a lyrical prose that makes it easy to read aloud. It begins in the classroom where a young Huerta notices that some of her students are going hungr ...more
Grace Livengood
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Warren, S. E., & Casilla, R. (2012). Dolores Huerta: A hero to migrant workers. New York: Marshall Cavendish Children.
Dolores Huerta was very observant as a child and young adult, seeing how poverty affected the migrant farm worker families in some of the southern states. She saw how underpaid the laborers were and decided to fight for their rights, so she spoke up to the government. Even though she was ignored many times and the laborers were to frightened to speak out at first, Huerta kept pus
Monica Lozano
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Delores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers (Warren, 2012) the main character is Delores Huerta. She is first depicted as a teacher, concerned for her students. They are seen without shoes, hungry and sick. Huerta then reaches out to the students’ parents, asking why they are in this terrible state. Then the story moves on to discuss how the farm workers are being poorly treated by their bosses with low wages and no rest breaks. She is finally able to reach out to the community and get them to ...more
This is an easy read aloud for students in 1st-3rd grade and builds background knowledge about the many roles Dolores Huerta played in her lifelong (and continued) endeavor to fight for social justice regarding the living and working conditions of farm workers. Would also make a good text for partner reading or small group, student-led conversations. The text lends itself to conversations around higher level thinking questions like "Why do you think the author thought it was important to write a ...more
Julia Miller
This book tells the tale of Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union. It gives us a portrait of a schoolteacher who saw the suffering of her students, learned about the injustices that caused it, and who then decided to fight for them.

The language is stilted and clearly meant to be read by early emergent readers, though the narrative itself might be a little difficult for such young children to follow. The illustrations are reasonable, and the book has a terrific timeline in t
Dolores Huerta is not a person I was a aware of but I definitely will look for more books about her. The picture book tells a wonderful story about a Latino American woman who becomes a teacher and learns that her students are hungry and lacking shoes. She approaches the parents and finds that they work full time but are paid so poorly that they can't afford food and items such as shoes. Dolores speaks to the bosses who are the farmers who own the land, but they are unwilling to raise rates beca ...more
Leslie Rendon
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This picture books tells a story about a Latina American women who becomes a teachers and observes how some children lack shoes and are not eating. It is due to parents getting paid poorly in the fields. Dolores speaks up and certainly gets inspired by observing children in her class to make a difference. She fights for social justice in alliance with Cesar Chavez in a nonviolent way.
It is a book to learn about how Dolores started to get inspired. We learn that she succeeds with out having to u
Cory Mccune
Audience: Primary
Genre: Biography
Quote: "Their voices rise up together, booming over the farm, roaring into the city, rumbling across the country." (loc. 13 ebook)
Rationale: I liked the imagery and power of the women's voices. There wasn't a lot of strong imagery in most of the words in this book, but the illustrations provided the images. It was more of an informational book. However, this line created something that couldn't be illustrated, but could be imagined, and I thought it was very powe
Kate Hastings
Grades 2-5. Dolores Huerta is a teacher-- but when she notices that her students are hungry and they don't have shoes to wear, she talks to their parents and finds out that they are migrant workers and that they aren't paid enough for their children to have shoes, etc. Dolores talks to their bosses, who refuse to raise wages or improve working conditions. So she organizes the migrant workers to strike and peacefully protests the sale of grapes because of the working conditions under which they w ...more
Karen Witzler
I very much enjoyed learning about Dolores Huerta through this children's picture book biography. Her work alongside Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers is portrayed here as a mission that began with small steps leading to engagement in momentous events, providing a lesson that should resonate with children from all backgrounds. I was amazed to learn that she had eleven children of her own and think that her life story also speaks strongly to the women's liberation movement of the same peri ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Dolores Huestra saw a need and worked to fill that need in her students, her community, and her nation.

Themes: history, migrant workers/farm workers, grapes
Characters: Dolores Huerta

Artwork: watercolor with pastels
Author's Note: Timeline of Dolores' life as well as additional resources to find more information about Dolores

Reviewed from a library copy.
Anthony Kline
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ch-02-jane-adams
I think this is a good book for people who may be secondary American citizens. This book could be inspirational to immigrants but also could educate many children on immigration in general. That is a very big issue in our country so I think that is something students should know about. This book has a lot of acts of kindness that can show students that being kind is a very good thing as well.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book beautifully illustrates the steps Dolores Huerta took as a concerned teacher to help better the lives of her students and their families. She stood up for the rights of farm workers for better pay and working conditions. This is an amazing book about affecting positive change through peaceful action.
I liked how this was a picture book in which a more mature topic was depicted. It is great because so many different ages would be interested, younger ages, for the pictures and older for the subject matter.
Erica Leach
The books story line was horrible it was so bland and boring. The only thing I enjoyed were the pictures and how detailed they were and loved how they were painted. You can tell it was painted by water colors.
Amanda Wilson
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jane-addams
This book tells the struggles of migrant workers and how she founght for rights and how she stood up for others and helped them out. this is truly inspiratinal and empowers all who read to want to make a difference as well!
I didn't know a lot about Dolores Huerta until this year. I appreciate having a picture book about her life to be able to share with students. It's great to have her example to show us that one person can really make a difference. ...more
Mar 30, 2016 added it
Shelves: children-bio
I would use this book in Social Studies class to talk about the history in agriculture and discuss what conditions many of the migrant workers faced daily and why it is important to be educated and know our history.
Mrs. Tongate
Great read aloud for secondary Spanish and Soc St. Classes.
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a transformational book for students, and everyone! Pushes us to consider how we are making a difference, in big or small ways, and what courage we need to change the world around us.
Fives OnTheFly
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
The kids really took to this story of Dolores Huerta. It is written in a very engaging way to explain the work that she did to help change labor laws for migrant workers.
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