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Children's LiteratureOn March 31, 1927, Cesar was born and during his childhood became exposed to the stories of his hardworking grandfather, of his mother who annually gave away all her earthly possessions to the poor, and of the Depression. The Chavez family had to sell their store when Cesar was five, and then later they had to sell the family farm even though he and his brother were working too. Due to family hardships, during a five-year period they traveled up and down the Pacific coast and as a result the children attended thirty-seven different schools. This experience helped give Cesar a tender heart for the struggles and experiences of the poor. He joined the Navy but then returned to the migrant fields. With his eighth grade education and lifetime experiences, Cesar fought for the rights of his fellow Mexican-Americans. Some believe his fight cost him his death because he fasted, eventually dying in his sleep in April 1993 in Arizona. This book would be a useful tool in the classroom for its history and multi-cultural components. This entry in the "Milestone Brooks" series also includes a bibliography. 2003, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Ages 7 to 11.