by George Ancona
Campesinos are migrant farm workers who come to United States in search of a better life. They come here because they can earn in one day what they would earn in a week back home. These unassuming men and women work hard for every penny they make. To keep up their spirits they tell jokes, sing and gossip--all the while dreaming of a brighter future for their children. The book attempts to see their faces, the hope and joy of the hunched over bodies harvesting in the fields of this country.
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish, 2001
Age Level: 9-12
(Out of Print)
"Once again, Ancona's expert photographs extend and support an informational story, this time of migrant workers, campesinos. Readers see striking images of farm workers on the job, with heads and faces wrapped for protection from the sun and pesticides. The pictures tell a story of strenuous labor undertaken by both the young and the old. They create a photo study that places readers in a largely unknown world whose work graces our tables day in and day out. A child's personally made storybook and autobiographical sketches written by adult migrants are included. A brief biography of a farm labor organizer, Cesar Chavez, brings Ancona's Harvest to a fitting close. Students reading the book will get a taste of the campesino life and plight without bitterness. On the contrary, many smiling faces populate its pages with determined dreams for a better life."
- Consortium of Latin American Studies Program (CLASP)
" This photo-documentary focuses on the lives and works of Mexican migrant workers as they pick various crops on the West Coast...will make a lasting impression on readers"
- School Library Journal
Américas Award Commended List, 2002|
An NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2002|