Farmworker’s Friend: The story of Cesar Chavez
By David R. Collins
A thoughtful and moving book about the inspiring life of American hero Cesar Chavez, founder and long-time leader of the United Farm Workers of America. This sympathetic portrayal of Chavez and his life’s work begins with his childhood, starting from the time his family’s store in Arizona failed during the Great Depression and his entire family was forced into the fields to harvest vegetables for a few cents an hour. It traces his growth as a man and as a leader, talking of his pacifism, his courage in the face of great threats and greater odds, his leadership and his view that the union was more than just a union, it was a community -- una causa. Recommended by the publisher for grades 4 to 7, its straightforward narrative and dozens of photos help make this a wonderful book, and not just for young people.
“...aspects of Chavez’s personal life are smoothly blended with his continuing struggles to improve the plight of his fellow man. The book is enriched by black-and-white photographs and authenticated by the inclusion of a notes section providing additional information on incidents mentioned in the text.” 80 pages paperback
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