Famous Mexican Americansby Janet N. Morey, Wendy Dunn
Discusses the accomplishments and contributions to society of fourteen Mexican Americans, representing a variety of professions.
School Library JournalGr 7-12-- Among the nine men and five women featured here are Cesar Chavez, Henry Cisneros and Edward James Olmos, Willie Velasquez, Vilma Martinez, and Blandina Cardenas Ramirez. In addition to the specifics about the success of these individuals, early childhood stories serve to show their determination to succeed amidst stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudices. While the intent of the book is to showcase the outstanding contributions of the selected Mexican Americans, the book also provides young readers with role models to be admired and emulated. The writing style, however, is uneven. Too much information is provided in parentheses instead of being worked into the text. For the most part, the information is accurate, except for minor errors, such as Archibishop Flores being a supporter instead of one of the original founders of the COPS orga: nization in San Antonio. Morey and Dunn's perspective (well stated in the forward by Dr. Luis Leal), as well as the currency of information, makes this book a pertinent one for public and school libraries. --Oralia Garza de Cortes, Houston Public Library
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