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The Most Beautiful Place in the World

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"Seven-year-old Juan lives in Guatemala, a place of stunning beauty and grim economic reality. Abandoned by his mother, Juan lives with his grandmother and shines shoes. He passionately wants to attend school, but fears Grandmother will say no. Finally gathering his courage, he is surprised when she not only agrees to send him to school but also chides him about the import ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 25th 1993 by Yearling (first published January 1st 1988)
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Patve
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
la pobreza de espíritu es la única a la cual deberíamos temer...
"cualquier lugar donde puedas llevar la cabeza en alto y sentirte orgulloso de lo que eres....ese es el lugar más bonito del mundo"
Getsemani Alvarez
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Belleza, sensibilidad y humanidad en muy pocas páginas. Muy recomendado para todas las edades, especialmente para docentes.
Jennifer
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK.

Here is a secret Guatemala is my favorite country that I have been to. So when I found this book I knew I had to read it. The author has clearly been to Guatemala (spoiler alert she lives there from time to time) and her writing took me back to Guatemala. I loved this book and I am going to have to buy this book (I checked this copy out at the library) so I can have it in my personal library. LOVED this book and I am excited to place it on my favorites of 2018 shelf.

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José Daniel Paucar Restrepo
Este es el primer libro que recuerdo haber leído de pequeño, con no más de 10 años, y a pesar de ser tan corto, el mensaje final es lo que me acompaña desde entonces, y lo guardo como uno de los mejores libros que han pasado por mi vida. Aprendí, como nos dice el título del libro, cuál es el lugar más bonito del mundo.
Ellie
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Most Beautiful Place in the World by Ann Cameron (of the Stories Julian Tells series) is written for children ages 8-12. I discovered when looking for books for my students to read this summer. I not only found it an appropriate read for them, I was personally touched by Juan, a young Guatemalan boy abandoned by his father and then mother. His greatest dream is to go to school. To say more would give away the meaning of the story but I will say that I found the writing clean and clear and th ...more
Marie Neuner
May 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 830L
Shelves: esl, young-adult
Snapshot: Juan, a seven-year old Guatemalan boy is abandoned by his young mother; she lives nearby with a stepfather who has disowned the young boy. Juan lives with his grandmother and his uncles, but always questions their love and loyalty--after all, his own mother has rejected him and started a new family to which he does not belong. Eventually, Juan begins to feel valued as he starts working and earning money for his grandmother, but he longs to go to school and get an education. While worki ...more
Manuel
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it

The Most Beautiful Place In The World is a Non-Fiction book written by Ann Cameron. Ann Cameron is a US university teacher and a writer of young people’s literature, that spend many years in Guatemala and Central America, where she had a lot of adventurous experiences with the Mayan culture. This book is about one of those experiences with native inhabitants of a village in Guatemala. It is a short story easy to read, I read the ebook edition published on 2014, but the first edition was publish
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Lisa the Librarian
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Javier Yáñez
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: infantil
Juan, un niño que vive en el pueblo de San Pablo en Guatemala. Abandonado por sus padres y protegido por su Abuela.
Creo que antes eran frecuentes la historias de huérfanos, pero este no es el caso.
Esta es una historia nada de común para un libro del colegio: Juan está inmerso en una cruda situación familiar, pero el sufrimiento no es parte del relato, la historia es vivida y contada de la manera sencilla en que la ve un niño.
Va a ser interesante comentarla con mis hijos, el libro es para uno de
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Cindi
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Our first read-aloud in a long time. This goes along with our Guatemala theme as it's about a little town in the mountains there.

This is a sad story about a little boy abandoned by father and then later, mother. But it is a story of triumph as he is motivated to teach himself to read and then gather the courage to ask his Grandmother if he can attend school. We also learned tidbits about the country and talked about what it would be like to be this boy. The pencil drawings are really very nice.
Rafosi
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads, reviews
Abandono de la infancia, paternidad irresponsable, precarización económica, trabajo infantil, la abuela como refugio y protección, alfabetización, derecho a la educación, vida en el mundo rural, economía basada en la agricultura, el terruño (la patria), inocencia y desengaño, empoderamiento y proactividad, identidad. Buenísima.
Cristian Orozco
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tierna historia, sencilla pero conmovedora. El contar la realidad de muchos pueblos, familias disfuncionales y vivencias extremas a través de los ojos de un niño es efectiva.
Recomendado 100% el libro.
Jessica
Jun 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Jessica by: school
Important topic; dreadful book.
Karen
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellie, jacob, mom
Very good book. My kids saw life of another boy that is so different from their own. Love the ending of this book and what the grandmother says to Juan...krb 8/24/16
Viviana Bravo
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
After being abandoned by both parents, Juan ends up living with his grandmother in San Pedro, Guatemala. While there, he feels lost and unimportant until his grandmother begins taking him to work as a shoe shiner. But when he sees other children going to school, he gets the motivation to go too.

Although this book is for grades 3-5, it felt as if it could have been written for younger audiences. The simple syntax made it an easy read, but still touching in accordance to what Juan endured at such
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Nekopau
Este es uno de esos libros que descubrí por casualidad....la edición lo recomienda desde ocho años, pero a cualquier edad puede conmoverte el corazón.
El protagonista nos enfrenta a realidades que muchas veces queremos evitar, especialmente en literatura infantil. Pero acontecimientos como el que vive Juan pasan mucho, todo el tiempo, ahora mismo y la valiente voz de Cameron logra transmitirlos, de una forma breve y concisa, pero lo suficientemente fuerte como para hacer que nos aproximemos al pr
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Lynn
Touching realistic novel about a boy named Juan who lives in a village in Guatemala called San Pablo. His father rejects Juan and his mother and they end up living with grandmother who makes money at the market and takes care of her adult children when they are down and out. Juan's mother eventually gets remarried and leaves him with grandmother but takes his bed. He learns to shine shoes at age 7 and makes money in the marketplace as grandmother sells arroz con leche. Desperate to go to school ...more
Leopoldo Del pino
En Chile se lo dan de lectura a niños de 9 y 10 años y a decir verdad es una historia bastante triste incluso para que pueda ser digerida por un adulto. Está basado en una historia que debe ocurrir muy a menudo en el mundo y que conmueve.
Sacando la parte triste, como buen cuento "infantil", siempre tiene algo para enseñar y mostrar, y eso es lo maravilloso de la historia, que a pesar de los momentos duros siempre se puede ser feliz.
Vilma
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Precioso, efectivamente ése es el lugar más bonito del mundo! Me ha hecho muy bien releer textos infantiles, llenan de alegría mi alma ❤
Holly
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish-language
Muy emocionante.
Julian Toledo
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó mucho y la verdad es que te enseña demasiadas cosas y te hace apreciar las cosas aún más.
Keren
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Max
Mar 17, 2019 added it
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David Robledo
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Una obra magnífica.
Francisco Cebrián
Este es de los mejores (y a la vez primeros) libros que leí en mi vida. Para algunos es un 'panfletillo', para otros una 'historieta de críos'... Sin entrar en adjetivos calificativos con quienes no saben apreciar la literatura, independientemente de cuál sea su género y su extensión, lo haré con el libro: obra de arte. También un tanto infravalorada, eso sí.

En mi caso, lo leí con ocho años por primera vez, pero lo he releído, desde que tengo recuerdo, todos los años, sin falta. Un libro magnífi
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Scarleth
A la verdad cuando leí este libro a mis siete u ocho años lo encontré aburrido, y siempre que era mencionado en alguna conversación yo simplemente acotaba que no me había agradado del todo.
Ahora, siete años después, lo he vuelto a leer. En menos de una hora ya lo tenía completamente leído. Entonces fue que me dí cuenta del gran valor cultural de este pequeño libro. A través de la dura y sufrida vida de un niño, nos enseña que con esfuerzo, convicción, deseos de lograr algo, y la actitud de empre
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SaraJane
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Page 18:
"Stories are important here and cars aren't."

Page 24:
"She says electricity and hot water and things like that are expensive, and not very important."

Page 32:
"Sometimes when you shiver, it's not just from the cold."

Page 47:
"When something's important, that's when you've got to say it! You've got to stand up for yourself. It doesn't even matter if you lose. What matters is that you never stop trying to get what you really want. of course, I mean important things, not things like hot water
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Gustavo Valladares Leiva
I understand that the message at the end (in fact, it is very loud and clear about it), but what I didn't like of this book was that this theme didn't fit with all that happened in the book: 95% of it is about Juan managing to overcome the struggles of a poor boy that lived with his grandma and being more than what he is, and out of nowhere the rest was about this most beautiful place in the world; the theme didn't drive the story, and had into me almost null impact. I believe it would have more ...more
Elines Flores
Written in the voice of a seven year old Guatemalan boy, this story found its way into my heart and onto my shelf. At first, due to the lack of traditional chapter book format, I figured the reading would feel like a 45 page long run-on sentence. Yet, the simplistic childlike language drew me into Juan's life, sad yet hopeful. Even though written for young readers, it is a serious book with serious moments. Children may find it difficult to relate and make real connections with Juan so be prepar ...more
Loreto ♡.
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Ann Cameron grew up in Wisconsin. Today, she and her husband live in Guatemala. From her house she can see a waterfall and three volcanoes. Ann Cameron has been a teacher and an editor as well as a writer.

She says that writing is hardest for her at the beginning of a book. To get started, she follows this importa
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“Me quedé pensando que allí donde hay alguien a quien se quiere muchísimo y donde hay alguien que nos quiere de veras, ese sí que es el lugar más bonito del
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