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Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – November 10, 2009

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–Winter chronicles the life of the first Latina Supreme Court justice, from her childhood in the Bronx to her historic nomination. The tone is upbeat from its opening line: You never know what can happen. Sotomayor certainly had a lot of obstacles to overcome: poverty, juvenile diabetes, and the death of her father when she was nine. But Winter clearly identifies hard work, determination, and a loving extended family as the keys to her success. The author is honest about how her socioeconomic background sometimes made her feel alienated at Princeton University. The emphasis, though, is on her ability to thrive like a flowering vine that would not stop growing. Images of flowers blooming unify the text and the illustrations. Rodriguez's warm yellows and oranges also underscore the optimism of Winter's text. Moreover, the variety of media used (pastel, acrylic, spray paint, and oil-based paints) perfectly echoes the rich textures of Sotomayor's life. The Spanish translation is excellent and makes the book accessible to Latino families. Sotomayor's story can inspire children of all ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds to work hard and pursue educational and professional success.–Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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Born and raised in a poor neighborhood of the South Bronx, Sotomayor has just become the first Latina Supreme Court justice, and this timely, accessible picture-book biography, which features both English and Spanish text on every page, brings Sotomayor’s exciting rags-to-riches story to young readers. The exclamatory tone is sometimes too much (“Oh, how Sonia’s mother loved her!”). But Winter lets the small details convey the drama, which is amplified in the mixed-media illustrations in warm shades of red and brown. Growing up with her loving, single-parent mom in a family that surrounded Sonia “like a warm blanket,” Sotomayor was a big reader as a child and wanted to be Nancy Drew. After being diagnosed with diabetes, she had to learn to accept her physical limits, but she graduated at the top of her high-school class and then at the top of her Princeton class. She felt different from her privileged classmates, and kids of all backgrounds will recognize the universal emotions and experiences of trying to fit in. A long author’s note fills in more biographical detail. Grades K-3. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Bilingual edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: Spanish, English
  • ISBN-10: 1442403039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442403031
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I feel in love with this book the moment I saw the cover. The prose are written in English and Spanish. A perfect combination since it opens the book up to various populations.
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At last! A bilingual picture book that is a biography of a strong family, with a very strong mother who raised another wise Latina woman, our new Supreme Court Justice. I expect this to become almost as frequently read in my 3rd grade bilingual class as La LLorona, the classic folktale.
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I think I learned more about Sonia Sotomayor in this book than I did in reading about her during the nomination process for the Superme Court. Mr. Winter tells me about the person. That is much more interesting than much of the nonsense people said about her after her nomination.
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I was thrilled to see that there was a story about Justice Sotomayor. She is an inspiring woman; however, this book does her no justice (pun intended). She is given no personality at all. Yes, she worked hard, but it doesn't mention anything about her except that she is a hard worker. What inspired her? What drove her? The story-telling is awkward and forced. For example, it states that her dreams to be a detective like Nancy Drew were thwarted when she discovered she had diabetes, but somehow diabetes didn't interfere with becoming a judge? I'm a speech therapist who works on story telling and there is no cohesive story here.

Additionally, I work with students in the Bronx and the picture of the Bronx that is painted is incredibly negative. Granted, it is not the ideal neighborhood, but I'm sure her neighbors supported her as she was growing up. It's not so much inspiring for them to leave, but just bringing to their attention now bad it is.

Justice Sotomayor deserves a better representation.
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Love that she shared her story in such a lovely manner. My 10 year old daughter had re-read this book about 20 times. She doesn't come from such a challenging background but I hope it still Inspires her to reach for big things. Great illustrations.
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This book teaches the history to Sonia. It was wrote in English & Spanish. I recommend this book, because it help the person believes that all is possible if you work hard. I will expect that you enjoy it.
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This is a great and inspiring story for many minority children and it proves that with a little hard work and dedication dreams can come true. I would like to recommend this book to my daughter Ricki who is my little Sonia and to all the underprivileged children who dream big.
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Pride and inspiration leap off the pages of this bilingual children's book about the woman who single-handedly made "wise" and "Latina" synonymous.
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