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Amrica Is Her Name [Hardcover]

By Luis J. Rodriguez & Carlos Vasquez (Illustrator)
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Item Specifications...

Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.26" Width: 8.3" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1998
Publisher   Curbstone Press
Age  6-9
ISBN  1880684403  
EAN  9781880684405  

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Item Description...
A Mixteca Indian from Oaxaca, America Soliz, suffers from the poverty and hopelessness of her Chicago ghetto, made more endurable by a desire and determination to be a poet."

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More About Luis J. Rodriguez & Carlos Vasquez

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Luis J. Rodriguez grew up in Watts and East L.A. His bestselling memoir about gang life, "Always Running" (now available in paperback in both English and Spanish from Touchstone Books), won the Carl Sandburg Award. His "Poems Across the Pavement" (Tia Chucha Press) won the Poetry Center Book Award from San Francisco State University, and his poetry collection, "The Concrete River" was awarded the 1991 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Poetry. Mr. Rodriguez has worked extensively with gang members to guide them in positive directions, and he is frequently featured as a keynote speaker or guest poet at national conferences and cultural centers. Rodriguez explores the Chicano experience with an unrelenting, socially conscious eye that moved Larry Weintraub of the Chicago Sun-Times to call him a poet "we need to hear."

Luis J. Rodriguez currently resides in San Fernando, in the state of California. Luis J. Rodriguez was born in 1954.

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América is Her Name  Jun 21, 2005
América is Her Name is a heartfelt, realistic story of a Mixteca Indian girl who regains her lost voice through writing poetry. What will resonate with children is América's decision not to fall victim to the poverty, hopelessness, and violence that surrounds her in the Pilsen barrio of Chicago. Instead, children will be encouraged by América's choice to heed Mr. Aponte's teachings: "When you use words to share your feelings with somebody else, you are a poet, and poets belong to the world."

Children will likewise be empowered by Luis Rodríguez's overall message that permeates throughout the text-that every voice counts. When a child is told that their words and feelings count, it is akin to opening up their world. Just as América discovers that the heart of a poet may lie beneath such social barriers as culture, race, and class; children reading her story will also see that they, too, can follow América's example and find their own poetic voice that will transcend the obstacles of life. As América begins to value the beauty of her own poetry and her mother recalls the strength of their proud heritage in her native language, the child reader will grasp that the heart of a poet is within everyone, if only we have the courage to share our words, our feelings, and our hearts, with the world.
adults will enjoy it more than children  Mar 2, 2003
Beautiful illustrations and a topic that hasn't been addressed much in children's literature are positive qualities of this book. However, I think it will appeal more to adults than children, and since poetry is part of the story-line, I think it ought to have more poetry embedded into the text.
"What really sets La Llaman América/América is Her Name apart is that the story manages to address perplexing realities with neither cynicism nor an excess of earnestness." --Kathy O'Connell, Hartford Advocate

"This heartening book will touch readers and writers of all ages and backgrounds and belongs in every school and public library." --Frances Ann Day, MultiCultural Review

"This story deals realistically with the problems in urban neighborhoods and has an upbeat theme: you can succeed in spite of the odds against you. Carlos Vesquez's inspired 4-color illustrations give a vivid sense of the barrio, as well as the beauty and strenght of the young girl América." --Hispanic Outlook

"This is a story for librarians, teachers and parents as well as for children ages 6 and up because it helps us understand the newcomer's search for a place of belonging. Touching and true." --Feminist Bookstore News


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