Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

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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 that--maybe--he 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152014377
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/24/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 77,113
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: AD880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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 online at 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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Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
SBC4 More than 1 year ago
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.
asousley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Harvesting Hope is about a Mexican family that loses it's farm and has to migrate to California to find work. After working in the fields for years under poor conditions and treatment Cesar Chavez sets out to fight for farm workers rights. Walking to Sacramento and gathering supporters as he goes, he finally got a contract for the National Farm Workers Association. Cesar Chavez died in 1993 and many times those that went to Sacramento were at his funeral.Good story that shows that people need to stand up for what they believe in.Teacher could use this to show that life doesn't always go the way we think it will. We can do our best to turn around our situation. If we are being oppressed we need to stand up for what we believe in.
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Krull does marvelous work with non-fiction, as this is yet another book by her that I recommend. The story of Cesar Chavez is told in clear language that would be easily understood by children of all ages. Cesar begins as a migrant worker who travels with his family to places in order to find field work. He begins to notice the disparities in the treatment of the workers. Then, he organizes protests and speeches, ultimately becoming the figurehead for Latino rights in the United States. Bright, relevant illustrations accompany the text. Kathleen Krull tells Chavez¿s story with aplomb, leaving the reader to experience his emotions of defeat and then triumph.
rvangent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of a biography because it gives an accurate account of Cesar Chavez's life. It is in chronological order starting with his prosperous life in Arizona when he was young, the drought that forced the move to the fields of California, the peaceful protest march he led through California, and then the signing of the first contract for farmworkers in American history. It truly is about a real person with great accomplishments.Media: acrylics, handmade stamps, and computer-created cutouts
fvalle89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the illustrations and the story. It's full of such emotion both in the drawings and the words the author uses. Cesar Chavez was an incredible man. It's great to do with a timeline, or an information map. Could be used as a book in biography lit circles. Students, especially Latin-american students or students whose parents work in agriculture could relate to this hopeful story.
mleon2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about the life of Cesar Chaves from when he was young to when he become know as today as a nonviolent civil right movement activist. It depict the times of stuggle that migrant worker went though and the fight that they made to make a change.
kyoder06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: BiographyAge Appropriateness: primary, intermediate Media: AcrylicThis is a great example of a biography because it tells the story of the life of Cesar Chavez. We get a chronological account that shows the growth of the young quiet boy into an outspoken powerful leader who demanded change. Cesar Chavez was a real person who played a role in civil rights right here in America. It provides complete facts and timelines for the reader.
Michelle_Bales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had a happy childhood on my family farm. Then, when I was ten, there was a drought. My family lost our farm, and we were forced to become migrant farm workers. I experienced the suffering of these people. I wanted to help them. My mother taught me from a very young age the importance of non-violence. This is the story of how I helped to organize the migrant farm workers so that we could peacefully demand change for the better.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An inspiring biography of Cesar Chavez, giving us another example of one person making a difference using nonviolent protest. The story of his 340 mile march from Delano to Sacramento, the longest protest march in U.S. history, started with 57 marchers and grew to ten thousand, resulting in a contract for farmworkers and a lasting movement. Morales' vibrant illustrations enhance the story.
kris0812 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This biography of Cesar Chavez uses vivid paintings to create the many settings and build character development. The freedom and happiness of Cesar¿s young life can be felt as he jumps through the air to swim with his brother. The terrified and sullen eyes pull the reader¿s heartstrings as the family leaves their happy home. The physical pain and emotional pain that Cesar endures can be utterly imagined through his carefully crafted body language and facial expressions. This is a story of struggle and triumph that is truly felt through text and art. Teaching ideas include: human rights, history of migrant workers, current issues of immigration, nonviolent protesting versus violence, and motivation to fight for what you believe in.
jhill06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: BiographyCritique: This is a good example of a biography because it is about Chavez's life and contains factual information about his contribution to the protest march for farmers. There are even notes that the author added about Chavez to help the reader learn even more.
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je1986 More than 1 year ago
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!