Esperanza Rising


Pam Muñoz Ryan

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Esperanza Rising Symbols


“’Ten stitches up to the top of the mountain. Add one stitch. Nine stitches down to the bottom of the valley. Skip one.’” So go Esperanza’s Abuelita’s crocheting lessons, symbolic sessions in which…

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The River

Growing up in the lap of luxury on the beautiful, sprawling Rancho de las Rosas in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Esperanza approaches the start of her thirteenth year surrounded by beautiful toys and dolls, dressed in finery…

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Papa’s Roses

When Esperanza, Ramona, and their former servants Hortensia, Alfonso, and Miguel flee El Rancho de las Rosas—in Spanish, “the ranch of the roses”—for California, Miguel and Alfonso bring along a mysterious…

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