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Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que creció en el Bronx

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The inspiring and timely story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the US Supreme Court.

Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation's highest court, she was just a little girl in the South Bronx. Justice Sotomayor didn't have a lot growing up, but she had what s
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2009)
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Stephanie Anze
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"There are uses to adversity and they don't reveal themselves until tested. Wether its serious illness, financial hardship, or the simple constraint of parents who speak limited english, difficulty can tap unexpected strengths." - Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor was a girl that grew up in the Bronx. Limited financially but not in determination, she dreamed about becoming a judge. As she grew up, she focused in school and her education. It payed off as she was able to attend Princeton on scholarsh
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
"There had never been a Latin American on the Supreme Court. How strange this was! There are so many people of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban descent adding color to the great garden that is America. Why shouldn't all these people have someone who understands their lives on the Supreme Court?"

The text of this book is in both Spanish and English, alternating languages by paragraphs. This does make some of the pages visually very text heavy. But Winter does a nice job of breaking this
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Inspirational story of a girl who grew up in the Bronx, like myself. We even went to the same high school (Cardinal Spellman in the house!). My daughter loved the illustration of a young Sonia Sotomayor by Edel Rodriguez. Reminded her a bit of herself, although Sonia has "only" made it as far as the Supreme Court while my daughter plans to be President one day. So what's not to love about this book? ...more
Rachel Freeman
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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“Sometimes the most beautiful moon flower blossoms in an unexpected place…”
“Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx” is a children’s biography about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latin-American Supreme Court Justice. This book is a prime example of literature about intersectional identity and serves as a great jumping point to discuss the way someone’s various identities can effect their pathway in life on a children’s level. What first drew my attention to this book was
Sarah McHugh
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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“You never know what can happen. Sometimes the most beautiful moonflower blossoms in an unexpected place...on a chain-link fence, near broken glass, next to an abandoned building---watered by someone whose name you might not even know.” This is the beginning of the Sonia Sotomayor biography. Sonia Sotomayor was the first Latin-American Supreme Court Justice in US History. Her life began in the projects of the Bronx where she didn’t have much. She didn’t let her limitations hold her back. With th ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sonia Sotomayor by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Edel Rodriguez is about a girl who lives in a low-income household in the Bronx. Her mother works two jobs so that Sonia and her brother can go to school and bloom into successful people. Sonia wants to become a judge and this book shows how she became one. She did not only become a judge because of all her hard work and dedication, but a Supreme Court Justice as well. Sonia was the first Latino to ever be nominated for this position. This story ...more
Onesia Thompkins
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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“Sonia Sotomayor, a judge grows up in the Bronx” is a 2010 Americas Award Commended Title recipient. The plot focuses on the struggle of a Latina growing up and succeeding through college and the US courts. It also brings up the topic of prejudice and feelings of inferiority, topics that may ring true for many Latinos, especially those that attend college. This book is a wonderful additional to any classroom library and curriculum as it not only accounts Sonia’s life but also the obstacles she f ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Written in English and Spanish. Tells her life story extremely well with the limited amount of space. Her' s is a story that the American dream,not the lame white, affluent, male that can overcome "adversity" but growing up poor,proving you can do a good job a be rewarded for it. ...more
Mary Ann
This biography of Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court justice, features both English and Spanish text on every page. With an upbeat and encouraging tone, Winter clearly attributes Sotomayor’s success to her hard work, determination and supportive family.
Camila Portocarrero
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx is a biography of Sonia Sotomayor who was the first Latin American Supreme Court judge appointed in the nation. The first time I read this book was in my mom's 5th grade class, but I am certain that this book could be read to lower grades from 2nd-5th. This book is written in both English and Spanish which I love because I have never seen many great books written in two languages at schools. This book allows the students to build empathy towards people ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Each double-page spread of this book has text both in English and in Spanish. The book tells the story of our first Latin-American Supreme Court justice from the time she was a little girl.

As we learn in an Author’s Note at the end of the book (also both in English and in Spanish), Sonia Maria Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954 to Puerto Rican parents in the South Bronx section of New York City.

When young, Sonia loved Nancy Drew mysteries, but because she got diabetes when she was eight, she fi
Liliana Solorzano
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book for children's literature in that it can relate to any student in your class coming from a minority or single parent home. It's a biography on the successful Puerto Rican judge Sonia Sotomayor. The story explains the difficulties she grew up with and overcame, never giving up on her dreams due to her circumstances of being a minority and coming from a lower socio-economical family. This story will allow students that come from similar backgrounds to believe in their dre ...more
L13F_Jana Wilkening
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This 2010 America's Award Commended title tells the story of Supreme Court judge, Sonia Sotomayor. The story begins with a beautiful metaphor about a flower blooming in an unexpected place. The story then follows Sonia's unexpected journey from poverty and the projects to Princeton and the president! Because she was "tended to and cared for" like a flower (by her mother), she bloomed into an amazing success story. I love the triumphant nature of this story. I love that it shows students how hard ...more
Kara Walker
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful read when it comes to understanding the life of Supreme Court judge, Sonia Sotomayor. This book delves into Sotomayor's humble beginnings, focusing on her mother's hard work to get Sonia the best possible education, all the way up to Sonia graduating first in her class at Princeton University and going on to being appointed by President Obama to lead America's justice system. Although this is a children's book, the themes are very adult and dig deeply into issues of raci ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For a children's literature homework assignment, I evaluated Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter. Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que creció en el Bronx is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s life story rising from humble beginnings with a lovingly devoted mother to her confirmation as the first Latina woman on the Supreme Court. This book offers a representation of Latino/Latina culture in this non-fiction bilingual children's picture book biograp ...more
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-nf
This is a nicely done picture book biography -- a good story with readable text, appropriate illustrations, and more biographical details in a final "author's note." It would be perfect for a "current events" storytime... at the library or in a classroom. And it's bilingual--side by side English & Spanish text.

Hey, did you know that Justice Sotomayor came to her current position on the Supreme Court with more legal experience as a federal judge than any of the other current justices at the time
Amanda Herman
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This picture book is a biography of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of the South Bronx. Sotomayor later become the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. She was raised in a single family home and was diagnosed with diabetes at a young age. Despite her challenges, she graduated at the top of her high-school class and then at the top of her Princeton class. This story will show students that it is possible to overcome any obstacles as long as you ...more
I appreciate that this is a bilingual book, particularly since Sotomayor is of Puerto Rican descent. Sotomayor did not have an easy life, but due to the dedication of her mother and her own hard work and determination, she has led a very successful life. I like how the author compares her to a blossoming flower. Great illustrations. I think I will use this in future biography units. It is about a contemporary figure, and it is a high quality, well written biography.
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Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When you first open this picture book, the text looks a bit overwhelming. But it is in both English and Spanish, and the text is not overwhelming to read. The story is well told, with wonderful little details, like the first time Sonia heard a cricket. The illustrations were not my personal favorite, but they balance well with the book.
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
I like the dual Spanish/English text. The illustrations are good and the story is good. I like the emphasis on hard work. Maybe that is politically correct right now, but it is true, too. Enjoyable.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-ya
A lovely (and bilingual) look at the life and times of Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor. She has the tough kind of life experience that all Justices should have if they are to serve the people of this country!
Ms. Arca
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Made me tear up with amazement and feel truly empowered. I am so glad my students get to know and learn about incredible people and stories like the one and only Sonia Sotomayor!

(I also love the art in this book and that it is also in Spanish!) Beautiful.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Biography, 2009. Written in both Spanish and English to include and give context for Sonia's past. Shows the up bringing of Sonia as she worked hard to become a judge. Good addition to the classroom as it's multicultural. ...more
Miss Sarah
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this Spanish and English picture book biography of Superem court justice Sonia Sotomayor. The book chronicles her beginnings all the way up to her appoinment to the court. Elementary and up
Dec 06, 2016 added it
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A bilingual story about Sonia Sotomayor's early life and journey to her position as a supreme court justice. I found this truly powerful and a beautiful ode to her mother. ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Read this book. All of us and our children need to know Justice Sotomayor's story. The text is in both English and Spanish. Perfect! Why are not more stories of our citizens told this way? ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely book written in English and Spanish with charming illustrations – inspiring for all of us.
A picture book life story of Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court justice. She was of Puerto Rican decent and grew up on Brooklyn in public housing. Her mother worked and supported the family with low wages and a lot of effort. The father died when Sonia was 9 years old. Sonia's mother pushed her to do well in school and she went to private schools and to Princeton for college. In college, Sonia discovered how poor she was and fought hard to belong. Eventually she became a lawyer and a judge. A ve ...more
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Jonah Winter is the celebrated author of many picture book biographies, including Barack, which was a New York Times bestseller. His books include Here Comes the Garbage Barge, Sonia Sotomayor, Roberto Clemente, and more. A poet and a painter, Mr. Winter divides his time between Santa Fe and a small town in Pennsylvania.

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