HENRY CISNEROS by Elizabeth Coonrod Martinez


Mexican-American Leader
Age Range: 8 - 11
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 In the ``Hispanic Heritage'' series, a brief account of the background and successes of the ``first-ever Hispanic mayor of a big city in the United States'' (1981-89), now Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Martinez stresses Cisneros's commitment to getting an education (he taught himself to read as a preschooler and holds two masters and a doctorate) and describes his roots in New Mexico and Mexico, his speedy rise to public office, and some of the actions that endeared him to voters (e.g., spending a day as a garbage collector to ``find out what the problems are''). Accessible, upbeat, and informative. Photos; chronology; brief bibliography of books at a similar level; index. (Biography. 8-11)

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1993
ISBN: 1-56294-368-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Millbrook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1993