Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavezby Kathleen Krull, Yuyi Morales
Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive.… See more details below
Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive.
Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought thatmaybehe could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened.
An author's note provides historical context for the story of Cesar Chavez's life.
Meet the Author
Kathleen Krull is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young people, including Lives of the Explorers, Lives of the Musicians, and all other books in this popular series illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. She is also the author of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, as well as The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) and Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country), both co-written with Paul Brewer and illustrated by Stacy Innerst. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at www.kathleenkrull.com.
YUYI MORALES is a promising new picture book illustrator. A native of Mexico, she now lives in San Francisco where she is pursuing a degree in creative writing and developing her career as an artist. She is also a puppet-maker and the host of a Spanish-language storytelling radio show.
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This book is about the life of Cesar Chavez. He grew up on a ranch in Arizona but his family had to sell it because of a drought. His family moved to California and had to work on other peoples farms. The working conditions were horrible and the living conditions were not the best either. They had to work long days and they were paid badly. He organized the National Farm Workers Association and was able to have it signed into action without violence. This book is a great book for classrooms to use. Cesar Chavez was able to achieve what was needed for the workers on farms using non-violence. He was a very historical figure. The book is well written and the pictures are amazing. Yuyi Morales does a great job catching the colors and the shapes. The way that she curves the people in this book gives the characters a dramatic look. I would use this book in my future classroom.
Cesar was a Mexican boy that went through many struggles throughout his life. His hard life started when his parents had to move to a different state for a better job. He went through many hardships and became very frusterated, but stayed strong willed. He stuck up for himself, and he didn't find it fair that he was mistreated because of his race. At the end of the story he starts a march to let people know that he is tired of being powerless. Read the story to find out the many struggles Cesar had, and how he solved his hardships. I found this story to be very educational. This story would be great in classrooms because it would show the students how different cultures were treated in the early 1900's. Also, Cesar was very brave and accomplished his goals that he had in life. Throughout the book it talks about the ways he was mistreated, and what he does about the situation. The march that Cesar starts changed his life around in a positive way, as well as others. This story would be great for upper elementary or middle school classrooms to give them a better understanding of other cultures besides their own. I recommend this book to everyone, it is great!