All for the Better: A Story of el Barrio

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During the dark days of the Great Depression, eleven-year-old Evelina Lopez leaves Puerto Rico to live with an aunt in New York City. Evelina learns that one person can make a difference as she adjusts to life in her new home.
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During the dark days of the Great Depression, eleven-year-old Evelina Lopez leaves Puerto Rico to live with an aunt in New York City. Evelina learns that one person can make a difference as she adjusts to life in her new home.
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Gr 2-5--All for the Better tells the story of how one caring person can make a difference. In 1933 the Great Depression had hit Puerto Rico as hard as it had hit the United States. Evelina Lopez, then 11, left her mother and sisters to live with an aunt in New York City. Her journey to Spanish Harlem, El Barrio, and the life that followed there make up this simple biography. When she learned that food packages were available to those who presented the proper forms, but that most of her neighbors were too ashamed to apply, she found a solution. From this early success, Evelina Lopez Antonetty became an activist on behalf of the Spanish community in New York, ultimately founding the United Bronx Parents Group. The language in this well-written biography is rich, flavored with Spanish words, and yet relatively easy to read. The black-and-white drawings scattered throughout highlight important details of the story. A worthy purchase. --Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811472203
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Series: Stories of America Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.35 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    "El Ponce" PR to Bronx, NY

    Esta historia se trata de una nina convirtienose en un lider para la comunidad. esta historia comienza en Puerto Rico, en el muelle de "El Ponce". Durante ese tiempo "La Gran Depression" estaba en efecto. Su mama tenia tres hijas Lilian, Elbita y Evelina. No poida soportar a Evelina y la envoi de Puerto Rico hasta Nueva York para vivir con su tia Vicenta y tio Godreau. La gran depression estaba afectando Nueva York lo mismo que en Puerto Rico. Al llegar a Nueva York su vida cambio en una direccion positivo. Porque ella era muy inteligente y valiente ella logro a no solo ayudar a sus vecinos con su comida, pero ayudo a su comunidad a desarollarse bien. A mi me gusto porque Evelina era puertoriquena y yo soy de cultura puertoriquena. Tambien me gusto porque ella estaba pasando por algo realistic. Las palabras, frases y lenguaje me gusto porque era facil de leer y de comprender. Lo que mas me gusto es que el autor era al punto. Yo le doy 4 estrellas. ****

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    recomendacion

    Lo que me gusta de el libro es que evelina ayuda a sus vecinos y porque ella es amable.otro libro que me qustaria leer de esta autora es Felita

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