La mia rivoluzione
Io ho insegnato ai campesinos a leggere e scrivere.
Loro mi hanno insegnato a essere una persona.
Lora ha solo tredici anni quando, nel 1961, il governo di Fidel Castro promuove a Cuba la campagna di alfabetizzazione: tutti quelli che sanno leggere e scrivere sono chiamati a insegnare a chi è analfabeta. Lora non è mai stata fuori dall'Avana, eppure, contro il parere dei...more
Whereas MY BRIGADISTA YEAR had me at chapter one. It reads like a memoir. For me, this is a positive aspect, because I normally have an easy connection with characters that pour their hearts out on paper as though in a personal diary.
I really could feel Lora’s voice as she narrated her adventures as a brigadista and had no trouble imagining what it wo ...more
Lora's family is poor, but has a decent life in Havana in the late 1950s. Lora wants desperately to go to a better school, but her parents don't have money to send her. Her abuela, who is very forward thinking, offers Lora jewelry that she was saving for her and says she may sell it and use the money for school. Lora does. When she is 13, Lora decides to join the Literacy Brigadistas, which was an idea of Fidel Castro's to raise the literacy rate and help the poorer, less edu ...more
My Brigadista Year, tells the story of 13-year old Lora who volunteers to join a governmental army of literacy teachers tasked with teaching its citizens to read and write in Havana Cuba during the 1960's. Before Lora could enlist, she had to get her parents to sign a permission slip, which they were very hesitant to do. As the eldest of three siblings, Lora was partially responsible for watching over the younger children and her parents were concerned for ...more
This covers an interesting historical time of revolution in a package suitable for young/middle grade readers.
There is a certain lack of emotion throughout, and a shying away from the more serious elements of the Brigadista experience, but again, maybe this lends itself well to younger readers, as it never goes into great detail about the atrocities taking place.
#1- Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, 99.75%. The USA is 86%.
#2- In 1961 Fidel Castro’s idea of turning his beloved country around was literacy, so he campaigned for well read students as young as 12 to go out and teach those who didn’t know how to read.
This is an inspiring story about a 13 year old girl who sets out to be a literacy teacher in order to save her country.
From the award-winning author of "Bridge To Terabithia" and "Jacob Have I Loved", this fictional memoir is set during and shortly after the Cuban revolution, as seen through 13-year old Lora's eyes. While now most of the Western world views Fidel Castro as an evil dictator, at the time he was seen as a liberator by many of the Cuban people and the atmosphere was very hopeful. One of Castro's goals was in ...more
Parents and teachers will love the historical notes at the end of the book as well as the listed source material.
Kids will love that it's an adventure story that moves along nicely with enough suspense to hopefully keep kids reading. I really enjoyed reading more fiction based on Cuban ...more
When Castro came into power he created a program to bring literacy to the entire country. With the help of volunteers he accomplishes this goal. The amazing part is that the volunteers were children, mostly ages thirteen to college age, but sometimes younger. All committed to a year, living away from their families, sometimes in dangerous situations. Katherine Paterson brings to life this little-known period of Cuban history. Alth ...more
That said, I wanted more. I wanted SO MUCH MORE. I thought this could have been expanded and delved deeper into the story. I real ...more
Lora joins the Literacy Brigadista despite her parents' objections to the dangers involved, but Lora's aubela sides with Lora, who after receiving training, goes to the countryside to teach farmers and their families to read.
My perceptions of Fidel Castro were somewhat elevated by this story. We in the U.S. preceived him only as a dictator, but he was Cuba's literacy liberator.
Living in Havana with her parents, her brothers, and her abuela, Lora Diaz Llero, 13, also hears the call for volunteers an ...more
It really got me thinking if a Cuban style literacy campaign would well in my home country India. Take a year off and go into the villages to teach. Granted the society is much more complicated and entrenched than in Cuba. But what if? Just thinking about it is so exciting. Education I believe is slowly being recognized as the only cu ...more
By Katherine Paterson
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I can barely remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and I’m quite sure most of you weren’t even dreamed about at that time! My vague memory is of my parents (who rarely watched television) and my aunt and uncle being glued to the set while my cousins and I were allowed to play with very little supervision. I remember the murmurs and the fear on their faces. It was s ...more
People are always asking me questions I don't have answers for. One is, "When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?" The fact is that I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when I was a child, or even a young woman. Today I want very much to be a writer. But when I was ten, I wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary. When I was twenty, I wanted t ...more