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The Circuit Hardcover – October 25, 1999
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Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Written in a language that is accessible to everyone from grade school to adulthood, Jimenez doesn't exaggerate details or go into a lot of long desriptions. It's simply his memories of his childhood in a migrant family. As all memories go, the book does not flow smoothly from chapter to chapter, but rather gives you snapshots of his life, so take it for what it is and don't worry about the chronology.
As a teacher, this book really helped me appreciate the lives and struggles of many of my students (who lead lives similar to Jimenez in his childhood).
compelling witness to the strength and
vitality of the human spirit under the most
inhumane circumstances. This inspiring
tribute to the humanity of poor migrant
workers tells the right story at the right
time in this country, when immigrants,
documented or not, are shamelessly
scapegoated by politicians of every stripe.
The powerful impact of these deceptively
simple stories may be credited to their
autobiographical character, the purity of
the prose, and the strength of the images.
In reading this book you will experience the
untapped wealth of humanity that works our
fields, sews our clothes, waits our tables.
You will also be completely engaged by twelve
For me, Dr. Jimenez' "Christmas Gift" tops
O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi" for the best
Christmas story ever -- and it's the perfect
size for a stocking stuffer!
Steve Privett,S.J.[SPrivett@mailer.scu.edu] Santa Clara, California
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting story. Good reading material, easy identification for immigrant population. I have purchased 12 copies to be used in an adult ESL class.Published 1 day ago by Dwight Friesen
I was asked to read this book for school. I wasn't feeling terribly excited to do so. I just have a hard time reading books for school, especially when they are not what I would... Read morePublished 1 day ago by J. Andersen
A very touching story in a series written in a style suitable for a young reader but interesting to a senior reader. Read morePublished 3 days ago by San joseAndy
This book is perfect besides a few spelling mistakes. This will make you change your perspective of immigrant families. I recommend this to older children, and all adults.Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
Easy read with powerful descriptions of the world of Mexican migrant workers as seen through the eyes of a child.Published 26 days ago by patricia diamond
Book in excellent condition as promised. Speedy service. Extremely pleased as per usual. Thank you!Published 1 month ago by Pamela Ross
I bought this book on a recommendation. It is very easy to read and understand.Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Acosta