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Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,820 ratings  ·  339 reviews
Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive.

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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in socially significant picture books
Truly, this is one of the most informative and moving non-fiction picture books I have read to date. While I had of course heard of Cesar Chavez before reading this book, I knew next to nothing about either his life or La Causa. This might be primarily because I am a resident of Canada, but when one considers the fact that so much of the produce in Canadian grocery stores is not grown in Canada, but in the United States and other areas, the living and working conditions of farm labourers everywh ...more
Casey Strauss
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: latina-o
Harvesting Hope chronicles the story of Cesar Chavez, from his childhood in Arizona, to his leadership in organizing a 300-mile protest march to Sacramento, California. Once Cesar’s family moves from Arizona to California and become migrant workers, his whole life changes. He begins to realize how poorly paid and treated his family is, and these struggles greatly affect him. Cesar never loses hope, and as he enters adulthood, he works towards making a difference. He begins to speak out on the be ...more
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was quite well done, in terms of explaining to children the terrible conditions that migrant worker had to face, and what Cesar Chavez accomplished on their behalf. How inspiring that the poorest of the poor could - and did - make a difference in the world. In the author's note, Chavez is quoted as saying "We had never thought that we could actually have any say in our lives. We were poor, we knew it, and we were beyond helping ourselves." The author also points out that Chav ...more
Karen Witzler
Another excellent children's picture book biography from Kathleen Krull detailing the life of Cesar Chavez and his quest to bring fair working conditions to farm workers in the USA. I especially liked the scenes of his childhood and the loss of dignity, family structure, and sense of permanence that came with the Great Depression and the loss of the family farm. It reminds readers young and old that this could happen to you, this could become your story, too.
(NS) Panagiota Angelos
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 2-5
Shelves: multicultural
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 ...more
Crystal Bandel
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, published 2003.

Nonfiction, biography.

Picture book.

Grades 1-4.

Found via Horn Book Magazine, reviewer not identified.

Harvesting Hope provides the life story of Cesar Chavez, beginning with his early life at a family ranch in Arizona. Then, due to a drought, the family had to move to California to work, where conditions were harsh and the workers were never treated fairly. The book recounts how Chavez at first was resistant to the idea o
Crystal Marcos
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez and I was touched. I did not know about Cesar Chavez until reading it. I read this book out loud to my husband. This is quite a long picture book with very beautiful and colorful illustrations. The length did not bother me because I was very interested in learning about Chavez. I was touched by what Cesar did for the farm workers. I even got a little choked up by reading it. It is definitely a story that makes you think long after you have put it ...more
L13 Tracy Beling
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book. Once again, Yuyi Morales provides beautiful illustrations that attract you to the book. I have always heard of Cesar Chavez, but had never learned about him in any classes I ever took. I thought that starting the book describing his amazing family life up until the age of 10 was the perfect way to show how the strength of one's family can be so influential. Knowing that's the background he comes from makes it easier to understand why he fought the way he did, peacefu ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the artwork and the way Cesar Chavez's life was told. One point brought tears to my eyes. I also learned a few things about Chavez that I didn't know. My girls also liked the book.
Gabby Ebel
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"It is well to remember there must be courage but also that in victory there must be humility." Powerful quote that I loved from this story!

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez is a Pura Belpré Award winning book written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Through realistic text and pictures, the story of Cesar Chavez is brought to life. Cesar and his family lived in the Arizona desert, enjoying food and company every night. Cesar had many friends to play with in h
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Harvesting Hope: Ceasr Chavez migrated from Mexico to California to work on the farmland. Cesar as a kid was not able to finish school, and once he had moved,it was harder because he didnt know how to speak English. He finished up to 8th grade, he graduated and then worked in the field afterwards. The farmworkers wouldnt get paid much and wouldn't get treated well either, "Anyone who complained was fired, beaten up, or sometimes even murdered." Cesar Chavez then started a strike that fought for ...more
Nadia Sahar
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-572
Before I write this, I must admit that I did not know who Cesar Chavez was, and this book was my first source to get to know about him. It is a very well written biography of Chavez, not only because it puts down all his life events in an engaging manner, but also because it highlights various social issues (sadly still relevant almost 80 years later) and more importantly the choices you make through struggles in life. The choice of words is fantastic and very meaningful for our young readers. I ...more
Beverly Kennett
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I listened to this story on CD, while I followed along with the book. It is the biography of Cesar Chavez, the founder of the National Farmworker's Association. The story begins by describing the carefree childhood of Chavez living on his family's farm in Arizona. When Chavez was ten years old, there was a great drought and his family eventually lost their farm. They were forced to travel to California and work as migrant workers on other people's farms. Chavez found the conditions unbearable an ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Harvesting hope is a story about a man named Cesar Chavez who fought for his and the workers' justice. He began a "Huelga" and as they went city by city people began to join those who were fighting which made Cesar's "Huelga" a success. In my opinion Harvesting hope is a great book for those in fourth and fifth grade to read. I believe students will be able to comprehend the story better and realize what Cesar accomplished.

This book won't just teach the students but it will make the reader
(NS) Laura Jackson
This book is the biography of Cesar Chavez. Cesar Chavez is considered one of the greatest American Civil Rights leaders. As a young boy, Cesar had a very hard time at school. He was teased at school for speaking Spanish. He was very shy and nervous at school, but he still loved to learn. His family had to move to California to work on other people’s farms for very little money. It was during this time that Cesar realized he wanted to try and make a change. He did not agree with the way he and h ...more
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: latino
Ages: 10 - 13

"Harvesting Hope" is a picture book that tells the life story of César Chávez in a popular education style. The book does a good job of distilling a lot of information and detail into a story that's accessible to older elementary school students. Also, the illustrations, which are somewhat reminiscent of the murals of Diego Rivera, bring the story to life.

The book has more text than the average picture book, and the subject matter lends itself to further explanation and discussion,
Maribel Galvez
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary (3-5)
Reading level: 4.8 (Lexile 800L)
Genre: Biography, Multicultural

Main Characters: Cesar Chavez and his family
Setting: Arizona and California
POV: Third Person Narrator

Harvesting Hope is the story of Cesar Chavez and what he accomplished for the migrant workers. The book describes his life starting with his childhood on his family’s farm in Arizona. His father loses the farm due to a drought and they are forced to move and find work. Working at a young ag
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mc-literature
Summer nights on the ranch with relatives made Cesar’s childhood memorable and delightful. However, that lovely childhood only lasted “until Cesar Chavez was ten.” It was 1937 and a drought overcame Arizona making bill paying impossible and forcing his family to move. Becoming migrant workers was the only option, even with terrible living conditions and not enough money to sustain a family. School offered no better opportunity. The language barrier made him the “clown.” Cesar was forced to quit ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Never powerless again STARS

"You cannot close your eyes and your ears to us any longer. You cannot pretend that we do not exist."

Este libro me hizo llorar.
Esta pequeña biografía de Cesar Chávez, me dejo sin palabras, pero si mucho sentimiento.

Todos los historiadores siempre nos dicen que tenemos que aprender de nuestra historia para no repetirla. Pero es tan triste ver lo mucho que nuestra raza ha sufrido, y peor aún saber que este tipo de cosas aun suceden.


Que fácil sería tomar la misma
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: latino-a
Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Book 2004

Americas Honorable Mention 2003

Notable Book

This book is a biography of Cesar Chavez. It shows his life from the time he was ten years old on his family farm in Arizona. The family loses the farm and goes looking for work in California. There they see the conditions are horrible. The book shows how Cesar Chavez becomes a spokesman for his people working to get conditions and wages improved.

Yuyi Morales creates very authentic illustrations that really help t
Jonny Rivera
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The children's book Harvesting Hope by Katheleen Krull and illustrated by YUYI Morales, is a beautiful book about the life of the very INSPIRATIONAL man named Ceasr Chavez.This book is more along the lines of forth to fifth graders, because this is a little more advanced than most children's book. I believe that this book is great for teachers and students who are trying to learn a better understanding of Cesar Chavez and his life, this book is perfect because it teaches you about his childh ...more
Lisa Vegan
This is a beautifully illustrated history book for elementary school age students. I’ve always admired Cesar Chavez and this book provides some very good introductory information about his life and work, and is told in an interesting manner. Because of what this man stood for, this book could also be used as a discussion starter about civil rights.
This story was selected as one of the books for the May 2010 - Latino reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Jailine Marin-Torres
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Harvesting Hope is a wonderful book to use when teaching students about Cesar Chavez and what he did to help farmers out. The illustrations of the book are details and the story is written in order for students to understand Cesar Chavez’s story.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Children's book. Appropriate level 2nd grade. Big ilustrations. Chicano movement. Chicano history. Cesar Chavez. School reading.
Really well done. I loved the illustrations. They convey tremendous emotion and the colors are rich and beautiful.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I didn't know much about Cesar Chavez until I read this book. It made me want to read more!
Sussu Leclerc
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Narrative non-fiction with beautiful illustrations.
I was glad I read this.
Diana Gonzalez
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Children’s nonfiction book, it is a biography about Cesar Chavez. Having watched the movie, Cesar Chavez: History is Made One Step at a Time; gave me a close idea of what the book was going to be about. I believe that the author did a great job at writing this children’s book and the pictures are very colorful. I loved the flow of the story because it began with a happy boy and ended with a content man.

Teachers could use this book to inspire students to solve con
Hope Chasteen
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This children's book is about the story of Cesar Chavez. He and his family was forced to move to California during the drought of 1937. His family had to work on farms doing very hard manual labor in the fields. He went to school and thought it would be a safe place, but he felt nothing but safe. English was the only accepted language in schools at the time, so Cesar was not allowed to speak in his native language. Once he did, he was forced to wear a horrible name that called him a clow
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