Cajas de carton: Relatos de la vida peregrina de uno nino campesino (The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child) / Edition 1

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Cajas de carton is the first title in the literary series Nuestra vision: U.S. Latino Literature, which features original works by Latino authors living and working in the United States. This work is the Spanish version of the author's award-winning collection of stories, The Circuit. Jimenez' 12 independent but intertwined short stories chronicle the experiences of a Mexican-American family of migrant farm laborers, as narrated by one of the children, Panchito. Unlike many readers for this level, which anthologize standard works, this book presents authentic, outstanding literature and themes that are highly relevant to native Spanish speakers in the U.S.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395955819
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/13/1999
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 1,267,721
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received both his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is now the chairman of the Modern Languages and Literature Department at Santa Clara University, the setting of much of his newest novel, Reaching Out . He is the award-winning author of The Circuit , Breaking Through , and La Mariposa . He lives with his family in Santa Clara, California.

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Table of Contents

Bajo la alambrada Soledad De dentro hacia afuera Un milagro en Tent City El ángel de oro El aguinaldo Muerte perdonada El costal de algodon Cajas de carton El juego de la patada Tener y retener Peregrinos inmoviles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    No sólo para niños (Not just for kids)

    El autor, Francisco Jiménez, cuenta las historias desde el punto de vista de un niño y lo hace muy bien. Aunque los cuentos están escritos con palabras sencillas, por el cual los niños pueden leerlos con facilidad, los adultos - especialmente los que tienen interés en la cultura de los inmigrantes mexicanos que viven en los Estados Unidos - también pueden disfrutar del libro. (The author, Francisco Jiménez, does a nice job of telling the stories from the viewpoint of a child. Although the stories are written with simple vocabulary and, therefore, children can read them with ease, adult readers - especially those who are interested in the culture of Mexican immigrants living in the United States - can also enjoy them.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2003

    A good book

    My mom told me to read the book..that she thought it was really good. So, I did and I could not put it down..I finished it in a Day and a reminds me a little of how my parents started out. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the second part of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2001

    A compelling and compassionate story about the life of migrant workers in the USA

    'Cajas de Cartón'meaning 'Cardboard Boxes' in English, is an outstanding literary piece about the hard lives of Mexican migrant workers and their families. The story, as told by a child, whose transient life is reflected in the title of this book, is truly as real to life as it could be. Life for migrant workers and their families could be very well found in cardboard boxes, because that is all they need to move from one place to the other. If you can read Spanish, you should definitely read this book. Otherwise, this would be the perfect reason to start learning. Even more, an English translation is a must, to reach out a wider reading audience.

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