Cesar Chavez: A Voice for Farmworkers

Cesar Chavez: A Voice for Farmworkers

by Barbara C. Cruz
     
 
As a boy, Cesar Chavez picked peas, grapes, and other crops in the hot sun. It was a life of exhaustion, poverty, and despair. His life as a migrant farm worker had a profound effect on Chavez. With a commitment to nonviolence, Chavez staged boycotts, strikes, and other protests to bring national attention to the terrible working and living conditions of the

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As a boy, Cesar Chavez picked peas, grapes, and other crops in the hot sun. It was a life of exhaustion, poverty, and despair. His life as a migrant farm worker had a profound effect on Chavez. With a commitment to nonviolence, Chavez staged boycotts, strikes, and other protests to bring national attention to the terrible working and living conditions of the farmworkers. He organized a labor union-which became the United Farm Workers Union-to demand higher pay and better treatment. Cesar Chavez never earned much money. He never owned a car or a house. He was simply an ordinary man with extraordinary vision and commitment.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This set of six biographies focuses on the lives of prominent Latinos including artists, political activists, and athletes. Frida Kahlo gives a simple, straightforward account of the artist's life from her birth in the small village of Coyoacan, Mexico, to her death in 1954. The text discusses her marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera, her political associations, and the development of her artistic career. The text is readable, even enjoyable, and contains interesting quotations and anecdotes. Unfortunately, despite the subtitle of this text, it contains only twelve of her paintings. Cesar Chavez gives an overview of his political life, with emphasis on his commitment to nonviolent protest. This title feels more like a textbook, with a technical writing style and very few anecdotes. The book is often repetitive, and although it discusses Chavez's childhood, it gives little information about his personal life as an adult. There are extended gaps in the time line of his life both in the text and in the separate chronology. Although the texts vary in quality, both have detailed indexes, chapter notes, and further reading. The recommended Internet addresses leave much to be desired, as some sites are no longer in existence and each text recommends only a few. These titles will suffice for middle school book reports, but they offer no real advantage over other biography series such as The Great Hispanic Heritage series by Chelsea House or The Hispanic Biographies series also published by Enslow. Other titles in this series profile Diego Rivera, Isabel Allende, Roberto Clemente, and Gloria Estefan. (Latino Biography Library). VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P M (Better editing or work by theauthor might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2005, Enslow, 128p.; Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 14.
—Angela Semifero
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-In the first book, Cruz takes readers from Chavez's first job as a migrant worker in California at age 10 through his decision to help his fellow workers: his fasts, his activism, the founding and continued involvement in the United Farm Workers Union until his death in 1993. Black-and-white and full-color photos appear throughout. The second book captures the dynamic life of the intriguing painter. Politically active, artistically cutting-edge, physically tortured from an accident in her late teens, Kahlo was born and lived most of her life in Mexico. Wooten discusses her subject's physical and mental struggles, including her volatile marriage to Diego Rivera. This title includes numerous full-color reproductions of Kahlo's work in addition to black-and-white photographs of her family and friends. Both titles are solid additions for most libraries.-Delia Carruthers, Sunset Ridge Middle School, West Jordan, UT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766024892
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Latino Biography Library
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
11 - 18 Years

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