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Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull
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Jan 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: info-bios, mc-literature, picture-books

This picture book gave the history of Cesar Chavez, a Mexican-American famous for organizing field laborers and using peaceful protest to improve working conditions for these people. This book would be appropriate for upper elementary and middle-school audiences. It was fairly easy to understand, but students would benefit from background knowledge building about what organized labor is and how it works, before reading the story. This book could be tied into studies of the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., workers rights and unions, or the book Esperanza Rising, or other similar books.
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message 1: by Q_Barb (last edited Feb 20, 2011 04:18PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Q_Barb I think, Krull relates so well the inspirational life of Cesar Chavez his spirit and dedication, his persistence against violence while dedicating himself to improving the lives of others. I could get lost in the poetry and warmth of Morales illustration. Just a beautiful combination.I agree that background knowledge building would be needed, because I had heard of him and witnessed protest against this movement, but didn't realize the role he played or how peacefully he pursued it. I read this before I read Esperanza Rising. I agree that they would be good companions for study in a classroom - two perspectives on the same issue, as well as your suggestion for those on the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr. It was an interesting and important passage in our country's history and I think that needs to be explored as much as possible. I'm glad we both liked it!

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