HARVESTING HOPE by Kathleen Krull

HARVESTING HOPE

The Story of Cesar Chavez
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Cesar Chavez, like his heroes Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, believed in non-violent change. He fought ceaselessly for the rights of migrant farm workers to have a decent living conditions and a living wage. Krull does not offer a birth-to-death biography, instead focusing on the influences of his early years, the organization of the National Farm Workers Association, and the first contract with the grape growers. She portrays Chavez as a quiet, patient, strong-willed man who believed implicitly in his “causa” and worked tirelessly for his people. She presents additional events in his life and the circumstances of his death in an author’s note. Morales uses bright acrylic colors that flow across the pages, mirroring the constant movement in Chavez’s life. The overall look of the work is reminiscent of a Diego Rivera mural. Krull and Morales introduce a long-neglected figure from recent history to a new audience in an informative, eye-catching manner. A notable achievement. (Biography. 8-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-15-201437-3
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Harcourt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2003




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