Mexican-Americans

Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child

By Elva Trevino Hart

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A vividly told autobiographical account of the life of a child growing up in a family of migrant farm workers. It brings to life the day-to-day existence of people facing the obstacles of working in the fields and raising a family in an environment that is frequently hostile to those who have little education and speak another language. Assimilation brings its own problems, as the original culture is attenuated and the quality of family relationships is compromised, consequences that are not inevitable but are instead a series of choices made along the way. It is also the story of how the author overcame the disadvantages of this background and found herself.

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I Love Saturdays Y Domingos

By Alma Flor Ada

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On Saturdays, a young girl gets to visit with her European-American grandmother and grandfather, and on Sunday (Domingo) she visits with her Mexican-American Abuelito and Abuelita. Each set of grandparents tell her stories and take her out for fun, and at each household she speaks a different language. Told in Spanish and English.
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My Diary from Here to There / Mi diario de aquí hasta allá

By Amada Irma Pérez

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A young girl describes her feelings when her father decides to leave their home in Mexico to look for work in the United States.

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