Every year we love sharing fun stories that celebrate or educate our Hispanic heritage. If you didn’t know I (Christine) am half Ecuadorian and half Italian. Therefore, I strive to teach my children about their cultures as well as other cultures. I believe teaching children about various cultures teach them to be respectful of those other cultures. Today we are sharing a truly amazing story titled ‘Esperanza Rising’ written by Pam Munoz Ryan. We used this book as part of our homeschool and used the Brave Writer Arrow Guide which we have found to be a really great addition to our readings. It has taught Isabella so much about literary elements and given us a richer reading experience. I highly recommend it, if you are looking to take your readings a step further.
‘Esperanza Rising’- The Book
‘Esperanza Rising’ by Pam Munoz Ryan is about a young girl named Esperanza who is the daughter of the wealthy owner of La Rancho de la Rosas in Mexico. We meet her at the age of 6 and quickly jump to her turning 13 when her life begins to change drastically. Tragedy takes hold of her life and doesn’t want to release it. Esperanza has to learn how to roll with the punches. We go on a journey with her as she transforms from a rich and entitled young lady in Mexico to a socially conscious fighter (not literally) in America. She learns a lot through this story and her character definitely evolves.
‘Esperanza Rising’- The Review
‘Esperanza Rising’ is a beautifully written story. It takes you on the emotional roller coaster of Esperanza’s youth. It literally had me in tears at a point. It teaches the reader so much about culture, family, and social issues such as immigration and migrant farming. It will leave you on the edge of your seat, you will want to know what is going to happen next and when and if everything is going to get better for our protagonist. I can not say enough about this book. It is simply a must read!
Check out Isabella’s Review
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