​(external image EsperanzaRisingbookcover.jpg.w300h436.jpgEsperanza Ortega possesses all the treasures a young girl could want: fancy dresses; a beautiful home filled with servants in the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico; and the promise of one day rising to Mama’s position and presiding over all of Rancho de las Rosas. But a sudden tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp.

Physical Description

Strong muscles from working hard. (James A.)
​Hard working and caring.(James A.)

I wish I could be more like Miguel in some ways (James A.)
Esperanza's Mother




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Main Idea/Theme
Character View Point
Author's Purpose
Don't be something you're not
Name each chapter after fruit
Class/Race privilege
Use Similes, Metaphor, Personification
Farming/Workers Rights (Strike)
Esperanza's Mother


1. Aquascalientes, Mexico 1924 Page 1-4

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I love when papa says "The whole valley breathes and lives"
I think what papa is trying to say is that humans are not the only ones who breath and live. The valley breaths because the plants and animals in the valley breath.
From Rachel Page 1

I love her relationship with the earth. I think it is important to be connected with nature. Mr.R


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2. Las Uvas- 4-22


I think Esperanza is a very strong person. It is uninmaginatif that she doesn't know what poor people are like.


I was wondering what are some signs that a person's childhood is ending?

I think the sign of someones childhood ending is when they stop enjoying things they used to do like skipping and running about at break time. And they would also start getting more moody and grumpy. They would start getting picky like what they eat, where they go, who there friends are, what they wear, things like that. They might also start wanting there own way and talking up more to things that are not even negotionble( back chating). This is only in my opinion.

This has been swirling around my head for ages but on page 24 it says that the bandit's stole papa's beef jerky for Esperanza so why beef jerky? Can't it be something like buffalo wings or something else?

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I loved the simile she uses to describe her uncle on page 19:
"...always followed his brother's lead like un burro, a donkey"

I love the saying are Grandmother said on page 14:
''There is no rose without thorns''
Which means there is no life without difficulties.
James A.

I like the way they say:
As the water soothed her,
On page 10,

I also like the last sentence of the 2nd paragraph:
She fell to her knees and sank into a dark hole of despair and disbelief,

On page 38 i liked the last sentence:
She tried to find the dream,the one where papa was singing the birthday song.
I liked it because it shows the love and respect Esperanza has for her dad.
I also think it's very emotional/personal,which is good because we look at things from her point of view.

"She swallowed her laughter." <---- I like the description that the author used.

"Not needing to talk, her eyes saying everything." <---- That is the kind of sentence I was looking for, I could use this sentence to write my story.

Part of Esperanza's mind believed her. This sentence I don't quite get it. What does this mean??

I liked the sentence: it had taken every day of three weeks to put the harvest to bed and now everyone anticipated the celebration.(not sure if it is okay.)

I liked the sentence "the house moaned and whistled" because it describes the house as having a soul and being alive and awake.

Los Higos-39-57


Also on page 51 Esperanza's grandmother talks about mountains and valleys and I think this is a great example of the cycle of life
where the valleys are your difficulties but sooner in life you would get to your mountain. It would be just a matter of time and experience to keep yourself standing until you get to your mountain.
James A.


Why did mama not marry Tio Luis?
James M

I think a reason mama did not marry Luis is because she didn't want to be a part of something evil and she might also feel she's betraying her dead husband by marrying Luis.

I think that she did not want to marry him because she new he just wanted the land. And papa had just died so why would she marry someone else so soon. All he wanted was to be more powerful and rule more land- thats all. And Esperanzas mum wanted the best for Esperanza.

The reason i think that mama did not marry Luis was because her husband just died and she is in a very sad mood so she didn't want to do anything about it and she do not want a self fish and devious person to be her husband. Also when mama said no to him, he just said you will regrate it and that annoyed her. He just want to own the land.!!! Sol

She didn't want to marry Tio Luis because he most likely send people out to kill her husband. She also wants to do the best for Esperanza and Espranza diden't like Tio Luis. Tio Luis said that if mama and he will marry then Esperanza has to go to bording school and she doesn't want to do that.

My favorite sentence:
I like the sentence on page 35 where Abuelita sad:
The rosehip contained the memories of the roses and that when you drank tea made from it, you took in all the beauty that the plant had known.

Why is the chapter called(los Higos)?
Why are all the chapters named after fruits? Abdul

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I like on page 50 where the abuelita sais:"We are like the phoenix, rising again, with a new life ahead of us."
And I also like on page 51 where abuelita sais:"Look at the zigzags of the blanket. Mountains and valleys. Right now you are in in the bottom of the valley and yor problems loom big around you. But soon, you will be at the top of the mountain again. After you have lived many mountains and valleys, we will be together." Izzy!

Los Gubayabas-58-80


The sentence on page 59 it said: your uncle has many spies remember?
that sentence explands that her uncle is very rich and dangers!
by:Sol and Celine!


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Los Melones-81-100



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