Module 7 – Informational Nonfiction/Biography/SLIS 5420
Krull, Kathleen. (2003). Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. (Y. Morales, Illus.) Orlando, FL: Harcourt Books.
This fascinating picture book biography is about Cesar Chavez and how he became the leader and hero of the migrant farmworker movement in the United States. The author has done a wonderful job of portraying the spark that ignited the fire of Cesar Chavez’s activism, as well as his personal struggles and triumphs. The book portrays how he encountered prejudice and injustice and was inspired to help others who had struggled with the unfair treatment that migrant farmworkers received. The grassroots movement of the National Farm Workers Association, its nonviolent philosophy and manner of protesting for social change, as well as Chavez’s influences and beliefs are woven into the story in a way that is both educational and inspiring. The stylized illustrations are fused with vibrant color and make the story come alive.
I like the idea of using a group of picture books about the Civil Rights movement together in a class or library for an activity or project for older children (upper elementary, middle school, even high school) that could involve reading the books aloud (take turns being the reader), art/group projects (groups get together and talk about a cause that is important to them – each group decides on a cause and creates a slogan, banner, idea for a means of protest, etc.) and then have the groups present their projects to one another. This type of project would be good for raising social consciousness and helping kids see how they can get involved and get creative with issues that mean something to them.
Pura Belpre Honor Book
2004-2005 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee