Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers

Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers

by Sarah Warren, Robert Casilla

Tells the story of labor leader, Dolores HuertaSee more details below

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Tells the story of labor leader, Dolores Huerta

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Publishers Weekly
First-time children’s book author Warren creates a stirring portrait of activist Huerta, focusing on her efforts to improve the lives of migrant workers. In 1950s California, Huerta, then a teacher, was concerned about the welfare of many of her Spanish-speaking students. Visiting the children’s migrant worker families, she learned about their unlivable wages and long hours spent picking grapes. When Huerta’s challenges to the workers’ bosses fell on deaf ears, she urged workers to strike and appealed to consumers not to buy grapes until the workers’ demands were met. Warren writes in accessible if halting prose that celebrates Huerta’s strengths: “Dolores is a storyteller. When the bosses won’t change their minds, she tells stories that show why their farms are not healthy places to work.” Casilla’s naturalistic watercolor and pastel paintings convey the sensitivity, outrage, and determination of an activist who is still at work to this day. Ages 7–10. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Although her name is not as familiar as Cesar Chavez's, Dolores Huerta was just as important in the movement for migrant workers' rights. Each spread introduces an important role in her career. We learn about Dolores as a teacher...detective...friend, and learn how Huerta became aware of what life was like for the migrant workers' children in her classroom. Moved by the injustice of what she learned, the story goes on to tell how Dolores is a warrior, organizer and peace-maker as she helped organize and publicize the strikes that eventually lead to legislation protecting the right to fair wages and conditions for migrant workers. While this is a complex topic for young children, the simple but evocative text and the realistic full color illustrations will give them a good idea of the important work to which Huerta has devoted her life—work that is of such importance that the author is donating a portion of books proceeds to a migrant workers organization. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
Kirkus Reviews
Warren's debut provides a much-needed biography of a heroine in the struggle for migrant farmworkers' rights. Dolores Huerta, often relegated to a secondary character in books about César Chávez, takes center stage in this accessible story. Huerta's story begins with her realization that migrant farmworkers' conditions and pay are the root causes for her own students' poor health, hunger and lack of shoes. The author chronicles Huerta's journey by emphasizing her various roles: teacher, friend, warrior, organizer, storyteller, peacemaker, mother and woman. After Huerta fails to get the workers' bosses to improve conditions and raise wages, she organizes a strike. Eventually, her efforts help change working conditions. In watercolor with pastels, Casilla captures Huerta's strength and the resilience of Latino migrant farm works. With the notable exception of a single, stark-white offset, the text blends beautifully with the illustrations in form and substance. A detailed chronology (in which Chávez appears) and a list of books, articles and websites enrich the simple text. While the book alone will work with younger children, the backmatter makes this title an exceptional resource for both Hispanic Heritage and Woman's History months. A welcome title for children and educators alike. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)
School Library Journal
S. Presidential Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Award in 1998. In 2003 she created the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which trains people to advocate for fair and safe workplaces. Through spare, accessible text, youngsters learn about the conditions of California grape pickers in the 1960s, conditions that left workers' children hungry, shoeless, sick, and unable to see a doctor when they needed one. "Dolores is a peacemaker. She doesn't use violence to make the bosses pay attention; she grabs them with her words. She encourages the workers to use their voices, too, until the bosses learn how to be fair." Full-spread watercolor and pastel illustrations portray the desperate families, well-dressed bosses, hopeful activists, and Huerta in her myriad roles over the years. An annotated time line and "Learn More…" page are appended. This inspirational story is a good choice for Latino Heritage Month and Women's History Month.—Barbara Auerbach, PS 217, Brooklyn, NY

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7 - 10 Years

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