All for the Better: A Story of el Barrio


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: 9780811480604
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1993
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 773,580
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Libro bueno

    Yo si le recomendara el libro "Para Una Vida Mejor."Fue un biographia estimulante sobre Evelina López Antonetty. Ella nació en 1922 en Puerto Rico y vivo durante la Gran Depresión. Ella vence múltiples dificultades. Por ejemplo, por resulto del Gran Depresión la familia de Eva no tenia suficiente dinero para cuidar a todos sus niños. Así que ella tendría mover a vivir con sus tios. Vivio en la pobreza y en la escuela confrontó racisismo y fue burlado de. Resolvió el problema con una pelea. Por la culpa del Gran ella han robado comida para darles a los personas del Bronx que necesitaban. La infancia de Eva y los padres del Bronx hizo a Evalina querer una vida mejor para los niños y niñas. Por eso creo "United Parents Inc." La organización ayudo mejorar las escuelas en áreas de pobreza. Yo quiero leer "Going Home" porque parece que va a tener un historia rico de gratitud de otras culturas y que similares son.

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