Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Side By Side/Lado a Lado

Bilingual text shares about the injustices of migrant farm workers and how two youngsters teamed up to make a difference for them!

Brown, Monica.
Side By Side/Lado a Lado.
August 2010.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Monica Brown teams up with illustrator Joe Cepeda to share with readers about the works of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Dolores, from New Mexico, learned of the hardships of migrant farm workers from her mother. Cesar learned about life as a migrant farm worker from his own first-hand experience. As the two learned about life as a migrant farm worker, they recognized that changes needed to be made. Together, they set forth on the journey with the intentions of making changes in laws regarding regulations for migrant workers in order to better their lives. Readers will learn about just a few of the major differences that were made due to the hard work of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. The bilingual text is very important in the writing of this book, as many migrant workers speak Spanish natively. This allows them to connect to the text and understand the changes that were put into effect on their behalf!

A great read for sharing bits and pieces of American history!

Learning/Reading Activity:
  • Have children explore what kind of changes Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez made for migrant children and their schooling.

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