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Barrio: Jose's Neighborhood

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A young first-generation American celebrates the festive, intimate spirit of his community. Welcome to Jose's neighborhood. In his barrio, people speak an easy mix of Spanish and English and sometimes even Chinese. The masked revelry of Halloween leads into the festive remembrances of the Day of the Dead. And murals on the walls and buildings sing out the stories of the pe ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Turtleback Books
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Rachael LaRochelle
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Barrio, José's Neighborhood by George Ancona

This book tells the story of what life was like for a new immigrant living in an United States barrio. Their story is depicted and told through beautiful murals that dominate the sides of buildings throughout the barrio. Very often the immigrants living in the barrios were refugees who fled their own countries in order to save their lives, while others fled to escape poverty.

Carnaval is the biggest celebration, or fiesta, in the barrio and is celebrat
Jessica Harden
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is presented from the perspective of a young boy, giving a view of his community and culture through his eyes. The book introduces aspects of Latin culture through authentic pictures taken in José's neighborhood, the Mission District of San Francisco. The readers get glances of anything from food and rituals to celebrations and art that can be found in the Barrio. Written in English, it has Spanish vocabulary weaved through it. The book has a Spanish vocab glossary at the back of the b ...more
Gerardo Rodriguez
This story takes place in what is known as a barrio. A barrio is a type of neighborhood, similar to a ghetto, where many people of one race come together even when there seems to be many differences. A community can come together to embrace and hold true to diversity and their perspective culture, and for this reason, I selected this book for my set. The story fallows a boy named Jose, and his adventures through his barrio which takes us through a cultural experience to experience the day to day ...more
JJ Jones
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Barrio: Jose's Neighborhood is an incredible picture book that examines the Mission District in San Francisco. The book follows a young boy, Jose Luis, as he lives in the barrio. We get to see his school and see all the celebrations and ceremonies that the school puts on to teach the students different customs. We meet Jose Luis's family and see how they shop, live, and work hard to keep their Mexican traditions alive. What I loved about this book was the photographs. They really give the reader ...more
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an informational text that uses photography and a tour of a neighborhood in S.F. to introduce the world of Mexican-Americans to young readers, aged 6-10. It showcases different aspects of Jose's neighborhood, including festivals (Day of the Dead celebrations) and important historical people in the community that are featured in beautiful murals depicting: Cesar Chavez and Rigoberta Menchú. This book would be a great book to incorporate with a lesson plan that involves a field trip and a ...more
I'm reading this book as a read-aloud now. We're visiting Chicago neighborhoods throughout the year and I found this one about a boy who lives in the Mission District in San Francisco. It highlights different aspects of his neighborhood like school,houses, festivals, Day of the Dead celebrations, community members, and important historical people in the community. There are some amazing murals with Cesar Chavez, Rigoberta Menchú, etc. We are comparing this with what we're planning on seeing in o ...more
Andrea Salcedo
Title: Barrio: Jose's Neighborhood
Author: George Ancona
Recommended ages: 6-10

This informational book has plenty of pictures that teaches you about Jose's Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA. It goes into some depth about some of the important mexican american traditions. It really helps to educate and paint a picture in the atmosphere of this city.

Aside from this book being informational, it is also multicultural.
Jenna Arntz
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is about a little boy growing up in the mission district of San Francisco. The book discusses his Hispanic culture and what he does in his neighborhood. It also shows real images of Jose and his friends, his neighborhood and their traditions and festivals. This would be a great book to read to the class when learning about all the different cultures and traditions.
Kevin Jacobsen
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great informational text that shows Jose's neighborhhod in the Mission District of San Francisco through photography and introduces Mexican-America to reders ages 6-10. The text shows/introduces Mexican holidays, like The Day of The Dead. This is a great text to read durring The Day of The Dead or Cinco de Mayo.
This is a fantastic look into a neighborhood in the Mission District. It shares the major celebrations of the year and some family celebrations too. Ancona does such a great job of showing everyday life.
Jennifer Tarr
In this photographs and narration allow a young boy named Jose to take readers through his neighborhood which is the Mission District in San Francisco. As an ESL teacher, I like the pride with which Jose tells his story--one that would resonate with many of my students.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
A look into a culture and part of a city I would not normally have an opportunity to see. photographs of a hispanic neighborhood, the food, and the celebrations in San Fransisco.
Brindi Michele
2000 Belpre Illustrator Honor
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George Ancona is an author and photographer who has published more that one hundred books, some of them bilingual. He is known for his exquisite photography and close-up looks at a variety of cultural subjects. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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