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Dolores Huerta


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Author Sarah Warren is a Head Start teacher and has served the young children in her community for more than ten years. Sarah received a Legacy Award from the YWCA of Minneapolis Children's Center for her work supporting their mission: Eliminating racism/Empowering women. In 2007 she was honored as a "Cultural Caregiver" by the Minnesota Women's Consortium. Sarah holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Illustrator Robert Casilla is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty-five books for children. His most recent title is The Lunch Thief, written by Anne C. Bromley. Many of Robert's books explore multicultural themes, including First Day in Grapes by L. King Perez, which received a Pura Belpre Honor Award for his illustrations and was a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Children's Book. Robert holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He enjoys visiting schools to talk about his illustration process and also teaches art to young, gifted students. Robert lives in New Fairfield, Connecticut, with his wife and two children.


Gr 2-5-In this engaging picture-book biography, Huerta is described as "a teacher.a detective.a friend.a warrior. an organizer.a storyteller." and so much more. Warren introduces readers to the strong Latina leader, born in New Mexico in 1930, who became an advocate for migrant workers and vice president and cofounder of the National Farm Workers Association. She has received many awards, including the U.S. Presidential Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Award in 1998. In 2003 she created the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which trains people to advocate for fair and safe workplaces. Through spare, accessible text, youngsters learn about the conditions of California grape pickers in the 1960s, conditions that left workers' children hungry, shoeless, sick, and unable to see a doctor when they needed one. "Dolores is a peacemaker. She doesn't use violence to make the bosses pay attention; she grabs them with her words. She encourages the workers to use their voices, too, until the bosses learn how to be fair." Full-spread watercolor and pastel illustrations portray the desperate families, well-dressed bosses, hopeful activists, and Huerta in her myriad roles over the years. An annotated time line and "Learn More." page are appended. This inspirational story is a good choice for Latino Heritage Month and Women's History Month.-Barbara Auerbach, PS 217, Brooklyn, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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