Most Beautiful Place in the World

Most Beautiful Place in the World

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by Ann Cameron, Thomas B. Allen
     
 

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"Seven-year-old Juan lives in Guatemala, a place of stunning beauty and grim economic reality. Abandoned by his mother, Juan lives with his grandmother and shines shoes. He passionately wants to attend school, but fears Grandmother will say no. Finally gathering his courage, he is surprised when she not only agrees to send him to school but also chides him

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"Seven-year-old Juan lives in Guatemala, a place of stunning beauty and grim economic reality. Abandoned by his mother, Juan lives with his grandmother and shines shoes. He passionately wants to attend school, but fears Grandmother will say no. Finally gathering his courage, he is surprised when she not only agrees to send him to school but also chides him about the importance of standing up for himself. Juan tells this bittersweet story, which reads smoothly and powerfully on several levels, with warmth and dignity."—Booklist.  

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-5 Juan lives in a remote Guatemalan lake village, physically beautiful, yet desolate with the poverty that is matter-of-factly described by the young protagonist. When Juan's mother wants to remarry, the new man refuses to accept Juan, and he lives with his grandmother, who provides him with a shoeshine kit and puts him to work. Juan teaches himself to read some of the street signs by asking his customers to tell him what the letters are, and eventually asks his grandmother if he can go to school, knowing that she needs the money that he earns. All is well, however; Grandmother simply hasn't remembered that Juan is now old enough for school. Her own surprise is nothing compared to readers', though, when they discover that this boy, virtually on his own for years, is only seven years old. Colorful descriptions of the tropical beauty of Guatemala almost gloss over the exigencies of poverty. Cameron's style has almost a fairy-tale quality in that she takes no positions as to the rights and wrongs of the characters' situations or behaviors. Juan accepts all with stoicism, regarding the loss of his bed as worse than the loss of mother and father. He reflects that he still has his grandmother ( even though her protection seems rather scanty). Their hand-to-mouth existence is redeemed by their attitudes about lifeGrandmother's that the most beautiful place in the world is ``anyplace you can hold your head up,'' and Juan's that that place is ``where you love somebody. . .and you know that person loves you.'' A small , first-chapter book that is a very satisfying example of human values; a serious book for serious moments. Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, McKinney, Tex.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394804248
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
96,923
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ann Cameron says she writes books to "capture the positive energy of life," a statement fully supported by The Most Beautiful Place in the World.   She is the best-selling author of many popular books for children, including The Stories Julian Tells, More Stories Julian Tells, The Stories Huey Tells, and More Stories Huey Tells.    Ms. Cameron lives in Guatemala.

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The Most Beautiful Place in the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was great because a little boy who is 7 years old gets a job and THEN goes to school that same year. Juan is my favorite character because he is a hard working kid. I connected to him because I have been to Guatemala once and I saw many poor people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A haert breaking story about a boy with a difficult life and with two diffent fathers that want understand him.Two evil fathers that haves no feeling for Juan two no good fathers that haves no haert.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Have you ever wondered what is the most beautiful place in the world? Then the book "The Most Beautiful Place in the World" by Ann Cameron is for you! There is a boy named Juan that lives in Guatemala. Both of his parents leave him and then he lives with his grandmother. Read this book to find out what Juan learns is the most beautiful place in the world. My favorite part is when Juan gets to go to school, because that is what he really wants. This book makes me think about what is the most beautiful place in the world to me. "The Most Beautiful Place in the World" is one of the best books I have ever read and I think another reader will like it too! (Sophia is in 3rd grade and gives this book five stars)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago