Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que crecio en el Bronx
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Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que crecio en el Bronx

by Jonah Winter, Edel Rodriguez
     
 

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The inspiring and timely story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the US Supreme Court.

Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation's highest court, she was just a little girl in the South Bronx. Justice Sotomayor didn't have a lot growing up, but she

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The inspiring and timely story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the US Supreme Court.

Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation's highest court, she was just a little girl in the South Bronx. Justice Sotomayor didn't have a lot growing up, but she had what she needed — her mother's love, a will to learn, and her own determination. With bravery she became the person she wanted to be. With hard work she succeeded. With little sunlight and only a modest plot from which to grow, Justice Sotomayor bloomed for the whole world to see.

Antes de que la magistrada de la Corte Suprema Sonia Sotomayor llegara al máximo tribunal de nuestra nación, no era más que una niñita en el South Bronx. La magistrada Sotomayor no tuvo mucho durante sus primeros años, pero sí tuvo lo que contaba — el amor de su madre, la voluntad de aprender y su propia determinación. Con valentía se hizo la persona que quería ser. Con trabajo arduo triunfó. Con un poquito de sol en un solarcito donde crecer, la magistrada Sotomayor floreció para que todo el mundo la vea.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Although I grew up in very modest and challenging circumstances, I consider my life to be immeasurably rich." — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

"Aunque me crié en circunstancias muy humildes y desafiantes, considero que mi vida es inmensamente rica". — Magistrada de la Corte Suprema Sonia Sotomayor

"[A]s impressive and meaningful as Judge Sotomayor's sterling credentials in the law is her own extraordinary journey." — President Barack Obama

"Tan impresionante y significativa como las credenciales legales de la juez Sotomayor es su extraordinaria jornada". — Presidente Barack Obama

Children's Literature - Mandy Cruz
This book captures a classic American story: that anyone, no matter how humble his/her background, can achieve greatness. Sonia Sotomayor grew up in a Bronx housing project and was raised by a single mother. Sotomayor credits her mother for instilling a love of learning in her and, by the time she was eight years old, young Sonia had decided to become a judge. Sonia's determination and academic achievements earned her many honors: acceptance to Princeton University, an outstanding legal career, and ultimately, appointment by President Obama to the highest court in the land, The United States Supreme Court. The fanciful illustrations perfectly complement the inspirational story of Sonia Sotomayor. The Spanish translations will reach the audience who will likely feel the greatest connection to Justice Sotomayor. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz
Publishers Weekly
Winter (Barack) offers an impressionistic, at times repetitive, bilingual biography of Supreme Court justice Sotomayor. The author explains that Sotomayor's mother, raising her two children in the South Bronx, “worked night and day, day and night” to support them and pay their private school tuition after their father died, “leaving just an empty chair and much sadness.” Determined to become a judge, Sotomayor also worked hard: “while other kids may have been goofing off, Sonia was studying at her mother's kitchen table—year after year after year after year.” Though it effectively conveys Sotomayor's personality and accomplishments, Winter's conversational narrative rambles; of her Supreme Court nomination, he writes, “This was huge (Gulp.) There had never been a Latin American on the Supreme Court. How strange this was!” Rodriguez's (Sergio Makes a Splash!) mixed-media illustrations feature chalky textures, gauzy coloring, and sketchy linework, providing competent portraits of Sotomayor and President Obama in a palette of grassy greens and terra cotta that particularly bring to life scenes from her Bronx childhood. An author's note offers additional details about Sotomayor's life. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–Winter chronicles the life of the first Latina Supreme Court justice, from her childhood in the Bronx to her historic nomination. The tone is upbeat from its opening line: “You never know what can happen.” Sotomayor certainly had a lot of obstacles to overcome: poverty, juvenile diabetes, and the death of her father when she was nine. But Winter clearly identifies hard work, determination, and a loving extended family as the keys to her success. The author is honest about how her socioeconomic background sometimes made her feel alienated at Princeton University. The emphasis, though, is on her ability to thrive “like a flowering vine that would not stop growing.” Images of flowers blooming unify the text and the illustrations. Rodriguez’s warm yellows and oranges also underscore the optimism of Winter’s text. Moreover, the variety of media used (pastel, acrylic, spray paint, and oil-based paints) perfectly echoes the rich textures of Sotomayor’s life. The Spanish translation is excellent and makes the book accessible to Latino families. Sotomayor’s story can inspire children of all ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds to work hard and pursue educational and professional success.–Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442403031
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
11/10/2009
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
85,701
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
NC840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jonah Winter is the celebrated author of many picture book biographies, including Barack, which was a New York Times bestseller. His other books include Here Comes the Garbage Barge, Sonia Sotomayor, Roberto Clemente, and others. A poet and a painter, Mr. Winter lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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