Hector Lives in the United States Now: The Story of a Mexican-American Child

Hector Lives in the United States Now: The Story of a Mexican-American Child

by Joan Hewett, Richard Hewett

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- This photo essay describes the life of a ten-year-old Mexican-American boy who lives with his family in Los Angeles. Hector's parents brought him and his brother to the United States as babies. He does well in school, after a tough year or so gaining proficiency in English. His father works in a sewing factory and makes enough money so that his mother can stay at home as a full-time housewife. A substantial portion of the text describes the family's activities within the church. Hewett skates very lightly over their illegal status here prior to receiving green cards under the 1986 Amnesty act. Unfortunately, the Hewetts raise an appetite that remains unsatisfied. Hector never comes to life in these pages, instead remaining a fairly static figure who seems to spend a lot of his time watching television. The photographs are a disappointment, too. Blurry foregrounds are a distraction. Too often candid shots capture a hand over a face or an unknown person stepping accross the field of view. Very dark tones leave much obscured. Finally, readers are sure to wonder why the glaring picture of light bursting from a classroom overhead projector was included. Hector's story is indeed special. Unfortunately, it has yet to be told. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.41(d)
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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