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The Best Book of Hispanic Biographies
Carole Marsh
0635021161
Jan 2004
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Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul: Celebrating la Comunidad Latina
Jack Canfield
0757303110
August 2005
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Review
"Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul: Celebrating La Comunidad Latina is a collection of powerful stories and poems written by people from all over the country. They are stories about family, loyalty to our parents, the wisdom of our grandparents, the deep sense of faith in the community, and so much more.. The stories will make you laugh, they'll make you cry and if you're like me, you'll finish the book with an even greater sense of Latino strength and pride" -Catherine Anaya, Latino Perspectives Magazine
As with all of the Chicken Soup books, this one is a collection of short stories, poems, cartoons and quotations. The book is divided into chapters including Our Living Heritage, The Love of Family and Latino Identity. The 300 plus pages of text seem effortless to conquer in a single night since the stories are so short,...


On the Field with... Alex Rodriguez
Matt Christopher
0316144835
April 2002
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Book Description
Alex Rodriguez is the one of the most electrifying baseball players to hit the diamond in recent years. Drafted right out of high school, he has suffered none of the adjustment problems that typically plague young players. On the contrary, he has shown the world what it means to be a superstar, not just on the field but in life. His outstanding play with the Seattle Mariners helped send that team to post-season playoff games year after year. Yet never has A-Rod let success and fame go to his head. Alex Rodriguez's commitment to the game and sportsmanship has made him respected and admired by fellow players and fans the world over. This new biography traces Alex's career from the Seattle Mariners to his latest position with the Texas Rangers.

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Read about Cesar Chavez
Stephen Feinstein
076602296X
May 2004
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Luis Walter Alvarez
Tina Randall
1410913031
Aug 2005
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Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet In Spanish And English
Alma Flor Ada
0688170676
October 2001
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 5?An alphabet book with exceptional illustrations and excellent poetry that gives voice to the experience of Hispanic agricultural workers. Each letter is matched with a Spanish word (for example, "Arboles" for "A") and accompanied by a poem in both Spanish and English that describes how the plant, fruit, vegetable, person, or feeling functions in the lives of these workers. Zubizarreta's English translations are informed and graceful, but predictably cannot match the Spanish originals in rhythm, assonance, or meter. Silva's vibrant, double-page, gouache illustrations are reminiscent of the artwork of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. The colors are brilliant, and the scope has a certain larger-than-life sense to it. This is a book that begs to be read aloud to all students, whether they...


Viva Mexico!: A Story of Benito Juarez and Cinco de Mayo
Argentina Palacios
0811480542
January 1993
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-- An easy biography , combined with a brief and accurate explanation of the Battle of Puebla, which occurred during Juarez's presidency and is the basis for the holiday celebrated on the fifth of May ( Cinco de Mayo ) . Palacio's vivid, informal writing will appeal to readers. Her facts are well researched, and transitions are fairly smooth. There is an introductory note by Alex Haley and an end note about Cinco de Mayo that briefly summarizes the main ideas. The stylized illustrations are simple and informative. There are no source notes, glossary, or index. Overall, a book that will bring a remarkable person to the attention of readers of all ethnicities.- Graciela Italiano, California State Polytechnic University, PomonaCopyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the...


Mario Molina
Cynthia Guidici
141091304X
Aug 2005
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El amante turco
Esmeralda Santiago
1594376476
October 2005
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Adriana Ocampo
Cynthia Guidici
1410913058
Aug 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8–These biographies provide glimpses into the lives of three scientists. Ocampo is a planetary geologist, Ochoa was the first Hispanic-American woman to become an astronaut, and Álvarez was a physicist and Nobel Prize winner. Each volume contains full-color and black-and-white photos. The titles are serviceable, but the prose is occasionally dry and uninspired. Guidici becomes bogged down in the background details leading up to Ocampo's work, which is then described too generally. Iverson offers the most balanced treatment of the three, with straightforward writing and a detailed account of both the professional and private lives of Ochoa. Randall's text distracts from Álvarez's important life because of inappropriate exclamation marks. Serviceable titles for reports, but little...


Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
Kathleen Krull
0152014373
February 2003
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-The dramatic story of Chavez's 340-mile march to protest the working conditions of migrant farmworkers in California is the centerpiece of this well-told biography. Readers meet Chavez at his grandparents' home in Arizona where he lived happily amid a large extended family. His childhood was cut short when, due to financial difficulties, the family was forced to move to California to seek employment. After years of laboring in the fields, Chavez became increasingly disturbed by the inhuman living conditions imposed by the growers. The historic 1965 strike against grape growers and the subsequent march for "La Causa" are vividly recounted, and Chavez's victory-the agreement by the growers granting the workers better conditions and higher pay-is palpable. While sufficient background information is...


Severo Ochoa
Gregory Garretson
1410913066
Aug 2005
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American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood
Marie Arana
0385319630
May 1902
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From Publishers Weekly
Though this memoir of growing up in America and Peru centers on Arana's parents' turbulent marriage, her real focus is the way cultures define, limit and enrich us. At one point, Arana, whose mother is American and father is Peruvian, recalls her first lesson in the color politics of Latin America. She was living in a gated house, in a factory town high in the Andes, and wanted to invite the daughter of the family cook to her birthday party. Of course she can come, said Arana's mother, but if she does, none of the mothers of the other little girls will allow them to attend; an Indian girl is not accepted at a party of aristocratic schoolchildren. "I am reminded of my political innocence," Arana writes, "when I go to Latino conferences in [the U.S.]. When I see the children of Spanish-blooded oligarchs line up...


Ellen Ochoa
Teresa Iverson
1410913074
Aug 2005
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Alex Rodriguez (Amazing Athletes Series)
Jeffrey Zuehlke
0822523116
February 2005
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Francisco Dallmeier
Deanne Kloepfer
1410913082
Aug 2005
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Pride of Puerto Rico: The Life of Roberto Clemente
Paul Robert Walker
0152634207
February 1991
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8 Clemente, an outstanding baseball player and a complicated man, makes a fascinating subject for a biography. The early chapters of this book, which tell of Clemente's childhood in Puerto Rico, are marred by an excess of fictionalized dialogue and oversimplification. The book improves, however, as it describes Clemente's years in the major leagues. His struggles with injuries and the prejudices of his managers and the press are told in detail. Clemente emerges, at the end of the book, from his status as baseball's most underrated ballplayer to recognition as one of the game's all-time greats. Clemente's compassion is not overlooked. He did much to help young people in his native Puerto Rico, and was on his way to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua when he died in a plane crash in 1972....


Notable Latino Americans
Matt S. Meier
0313291055
May 1997
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up. Profiles of 127 people who have made important contributions to American society. Included are politicians, writers, musicians, educators, social activists, scientists, and actors?such familiar personalities as Cesar Chavez, Roberto Clemente, Jaime Escalante, and Linda Ronstadt, as well as less-familiar individuals such as author Reinaldo Arenas and Coca-Cola Company CEO Roberto Goizueta. While many Latino heritages are represented, the majority of those included are Mexican American, with Cuban Americans and Puerto Rican Americans the next most-represented groups. The three-to-four page biographies are clear and detailed and often give real insight into the person's life's work. While the focus is on the individual's main field of accomplishment, the authors do not shy away from the personal or...


The Pot That Juan Built
Nancy Andrews-Goebel
1584300388
September 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Noted Mexican potter Juan Quezada is the subject of an inventive and engrossing biography from newcomer Andrews-Goebel (who coproduced a documentary on Quezada) and Caldecott winner Diaz. On the left side of each spread, a "House That Jack Built"-style rhyme accumulates the often humble factors that shaped an extraordinary artist ("These are the cows all white and brown/ That left manure all over the ground/ That fueled the flames so sizzling hot/ That flickered and flared and fired the pot/ The beautiful pot that Juan built"). This lilting rhyme describes the rudiments of Quezada's process, but for more ambitious readers, the opposite page (unfortunately, in very small type) provides a straightforward elaboration ("Juan's pottery is fired the traditional way, using dried cow manure for fuels.... [M]anure from...

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