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Hispanic Phase III

Norton’s PHASE III: Autobiographies, Biographies, and Historical Nonfiction

Studying the autobiographies, biographies, and historical nonfiction in Phase III helps in identifying historical happenings that influenced the culture.

Atkin, S. B. (1993). Voices from the fields : Children of migrant farmers tell their stories. Boston : Joy Street Books. Photographs, poems, and interviews with nine children reveal the hardships and hopes of Mexican American migrant farm workers and their families. Gr. 7-12

Brenner, B. (1977). Faces. Spanish. New York : E. P. Dutton. Photographs record the reactions of the eye, ear, nose, and mouth to both pleasant and unpleasant stimuli. Gr. all ages

Catalano, J. (1988). The Mexican Americans. New York : Chelsea House Publishers. Examines factors such as history, culture, and religion that encourage emigration from Mexico and discusses the acceptance of this ethnic group in America. Gr. 5-up

Franchere, R. (1970). Cesar Chavez. New York: Crowell. An easy-to-read biography of the Mexican-American who led the nation-wide boycott of grapes as part of his movement to organize and help farm laborers in the United States. Gr. 3-5

Gershator, D. (1995). Bread is for eating. New York : Holt.

Mamita explains how bread is created in a song sung in both English and Spanish. Text in English; song lyrics in English and Spanish. Gr. K-3

Griswold del Castillo, R. (1995). César Chávez : A triumph of spirit. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.

Chavez, Cesar, 1927-

Trade-unions -- Migrant agricultural laborers -- United States -- Officials and employees -- Biography Labor leaders -- United States -- Biography Mexican Americans -- Biography

Hewett, J. (1990). Hector lives in the United States now : the story of a Mexican-American child. New York : J. B. Lippincott.

Text and photographs document the day-to-day happenings and milestones in the life of a young Mexican boy whose family seeks amnesty in the United States under the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Gr. 2-5

Johansen, B.E. (1983). El Pueblo : the Gallegos family's American journey, 1503-1980. New York : Monthly Review Press.

Lannert, P. (1991). Mexican Americans. Vero Beach, FL. : Rourke Corp. Discusses Mexicans who have immigrated to the United States, their reasons for coming, where they have settled, and how they have contributed to their new country. Gr. 7-10

McConnie Zapater, B. (1993). Fiesta! New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. A Hispanic American family celebrates a fiesta in America. Encourages awareness and appreciation of Hispanic American cultures. Gr. 2-5

Morey, J. (1989). Famous Mexican Americans. New York : Cobblehill Books. Discusses the accomplishments and contributions to society of fourteen Mexican Americans, representing a variety of professions. Gr. 5-8

Prago, A. (1973). Strangers in their own land; a history of Mexican-Americans. New York, Four Winds Press.

Press, P. (1995). Mexican Americans. New York : Marshall Cavendish. Exciting and dramatic stories of Mexican American immigrants leaving their homeland and the tremendous contributions all of their immigrants have had on American life. Gr. 4-6

Sorrels, R. (1996). The Alamo in American history.Springfield, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc. Gives an in-depth account of the battle at the Alamo and discusses the conflicts which led up to it. Gr. 4-6 Venezia, M. (1994). Diego Rivera.Chicago: Children’s Press. Briefly examines the life and work of the Mexican painter known for his murals. Gr. 4-up

Wade, M.D. (1995). Guadalupe Quintanilla : Leader of the Hispanic community. Springfield, NJ : Enslow Publishers. The impossible dream -- Dropping out -- Model mother -- Understanding the language -- Understanding actions -- Stay in school -- Success in business -- If I can make it, so can you. Gr. 4-6

Wepman, D. (1986). Benito Juárez. New Haven : Chelsea House Publishers. Presents the life of the leader who became president of Mexico, instituted many reforms, and led his country in a war of independence. Gr. 6-10