$18.99 US | $24.99 CAN
Available April 1, 2000
In evocative photographs and poems and candid first-person interviews, this book offers readers a glimpse of what life is like for today's migrant children. In their own words, the nine children interviewed here tell us what it is like to live with so many hardships in such a rich country. Nine-year-old Jose Luis Rios talks about the tiring hours in the fields; Andrea Martinez tells of language barriers and discrimination in school; and Frank Rosas explains how gangs are part of being young and Mexican in America today. But these children speak of progress as well as hardship. Many describe their pride in a rich Mexican heritage. Others tell of the strong values of the Hispanic family and of their efforts to become educated. And all speak eloquently and passionately of their aspirations for a better life.
Here is a moving and vital testimony to the Hispanic migrant experience in America. By listening to these children's voices and by looking at their faces, readers can learn something of the lives behind the hands that picked the lettuce and strawberries on their table.
S. Beth Atkin, a graduate of Barnard College, is a photographer and writer whose editorial and commercial work appears in national publications. To do research for this book she moved from New York City to the Salinas Valley in California, where she attended educational programs and visited the homes and schools of migrant children. She frequently lectures about farmworker issues and about her work, which focuses on children and youth.