Side by Side/Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez


Every day, thousands of farmworkers harvested the food that ended up on kitchen tables all over the country. But at the end of the day, when the workers sat down to eat, there were only beans on their own tables. Then Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez teamed up. Together they motivated the workers to fight for their rights and, in the process, changed history.

Award-winning author Monica Brown and acclaimed illustrator Joe Cepeda join together to...

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Every day, thousands of farmworkers harvested the food that ended up on kitchen tables all over the country. But at the end of the day, when the workers sat down to eat, there were only beans on their own tables. Then Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez teamed up. Together they motivated the workers to fight for their rights and, in the process, changed history.

Award-winning author Monica Brown and acclaimed illustrator Joe Cepeda join together to create this stunning tribute to two of the most influential people of the twentieth century.

Todos los días, miles de campesinos cosechaban los alimentos que se servían en los hogares de todo el país. Pero al terminar la jornada, cuando los campesinos se sentaban a comer, lo único que había en sus propias mesas era frijoles. Entonces, Dolores Huerta y César Chávez se unieron para motivar a los trabajadores a luchar por sus derechos y en el proceso, cambiaron el curso de la historia.

La premiada autora Monica Brown y el aclamado ilustrador Joe Cepeda se unen para crear éste impresionante tributo a dos de las personas más influentes del siglo veinte.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This bilingual picture book tells the story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, who organized migrant workers in the 1960s. Brown begins by sketching their upbringings: Huerta, an activist from the start, "raise money for soldiers fighting in World War II," while Chavez and his family were forced to become migrants themselves. Meeting later, they joined forces to fight for better working conditions--the first of many successes during decades of activism. Cepeda's highly textural paintings--using oils, acrylics, and collage--never put the duo on a pedestal, and instead emphasize the power and impact of ordinary but dedicated citizens. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Rosa Roberts
Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez were two instrumental individuals who helped fight for the rights of farm workers and their children. In this bilingual book, the beginnings of their activism are presented in a straightforward and child friendly text. The accompanying illustrations are a superb supplement to the biographical account of these two crusaders. Huerta and Chavez's initial meeting and 30 year joint venture for the betterment of working conditions and wages for farm workers in the United States is the focus of the nonfictional story. Standing side by side their passion and courage brought about these changes and it was no easy feat. The legendary 340 mile California march along with Chavez's 36 day hunger strike is presented for young readers to understand the sacrifices made by both individuals. The English and Spanish text includes a note to parents and teachers as well as quotes from each leader. This book would be an asset to any bilingual classroom or library media center. Reviewer: Rosa Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—How many children knew that behind the 1960s National Grape Boycott was a woman named Dolores Huerta, alongside famous activist Cesar Chavez? Not only did Huerta coin the United Farm Workers' mantra, "Sí, se puede! Yes, we can!" but she also worked tirelessly with Chavez to create change for countless migrant farmworkers. Brown describes the widely different upbringings for Huerta and Chavez. As soon as they met, however, it was evident that together they were an unstoppable force. For 30 years, their momentum carried them through many important triumphs in the fight for social justice. The English and Spanish texts on each page are complemented by Cepeda's expressive, painterly illustrations done in a saturated color palette. While the vocabulary, pictures, and length of the story lend themselves to reading aloud to younger audiences, the subject matter is suited to older audiences as well. This piece of literature is a great way to introduce young people to topics such as civil rights, Cesar Chavez Day, immigration, and, of course, International Women's Day, to celebrate the life and achievements of a community activist and feminist who continues to play an active role within the Latino communities. A must-purchase for schools and libraries.—Shannon Dye, Peoria Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews

In a slim tribute that focuses exclusively on their victories, Brown (My Name Is Celia/Me Llamo Celia, 2004, etc) recaps the childhoods and linked careers of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Though the size of the challenges they faced and magnitude of what they accomplished doesn't come through as clearly here as in Kathleen Krull's Harvesting Hope (2003, illustrated by Yuyi Morales), by giving Huerta equal time in the spotlight the author rights a longstanding imbalance in how the struggles of the United Farm Workers have been presented to young readers. Cepeda can be counted on to crank up the energy of any text he illustrates, and here he really enlivens the narrative by highlighting the extreme contrast between Chavez's quiet, steady presence and Huerta's larger-than-life personality. Scenes of protest alternate with scenes of companionable planning around kitchen tables, giving a great sense of the partnership. A Spanish translation runs beneath and alongside the English-language text, and the lengthy afterword (with photo) is also presented in both languages. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061227813
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 174,782
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica Brown is the author of Pele, King Of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol and Side by Side/Lado a lado as well as the Pura Belpre Honor winners My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia and My Name Is Gabito/Mi Llamo Gabito. Monica lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, with her husband and two daughters.

Monica Brown es la autora de Pele, King Of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol y Side by Side/Lado a lado, y de los libros ganadores del Honor Pura Belpré My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia y My Name Is Gabito/Mi Llamo Gabito. Monica vive en Flagstaff, Arizona, con su marido y sus dos hijas.

Rafael Lopez is the award-winning illustrator of My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia and Book Fiesta! Rafael divides his time between his studios in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and a loft in downtown San Diego, where he works and lives with his wife and son.

Rafael Lopez es el ilustrador premiado de My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia y Book Fiesta! Rafael divide su tiempo entre sus talleres en San Miguel de Allende, Mexico y San Diego, California.

Joe Cepeda is the bestselling illustrator of Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron and What A Truly Cool World by Julius Lester. He, his wife, and their son live in Southern California.

Joe Cepeda es el ilustrador del bestseller Nappy Hair por Carolivia Herron y What A Truly Cool World por Julius Lester. Joe vive en el sur de California con su esposa e hijo.

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