Saturday, February 27, 2010

Book Review: Sandra Cisneros by Karen Warrick

✰✰✰✰✰ This biography of the author of The House on Mango Street is sure to inspire fans of Sandra Cisneros. As part of the Latino Biography Library series, Sandra Cisneros: Inspiring Latina Author will appeal to readers of all ages, but especially to young adults and aspiring writers.

Author Karen Clemens Warrick provides useful and detailed insights into the life and writings of the respected author. We follow Cisneros on her journey to develop her own writing style as she travels from Chicago to Iowa, from Europe to Texas. Along the way she learns to find her voice through her writing and speak out loud.
Through many challenges, Cisneros has always relied upon her writing, and she has led the way for many other writers.

This biography makes excellent use of call-out boxes to bring focus on interesting pieces of information. Also, the book features beautiful full color photographs that hold a reader's attention. A handy chronology, glossary, and index are included. Additionally, Warrick provides resources for further reading and a list of books written by Cisneros. Finally, the chapter notes are perfect for students working on book reports.

The Bottom Line: With the reinforced library binding, Sandra Cisneros: Inspiring Latina Author by Karen Clemens Warrick is sure to last the test of time. The text is clearly written and a pleasure to read. Highly recommended as an excellent biography for kids in grades 6 and up.

Details: Sandra Cisneros: Inspiring Latina Author by Karen Clemens Warrick. Published by Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2010. ISBN: 978-0-7660-3162-3

Other titles in the Latino Biography Library series include: Ellen Ochoa: Astronaut and Inventor by Anne Schraff, Pablo Neruda: Passion, Poetry, Politics by Jodie A. Shull, Freddie Prinze, Jr.: From Shy Guy to Movie Star by Sally Lee, George Lopez: Latino King of Comedy by Lila and Rick Guzman, Gloria Estefan: Superstar of Song by Sally Lee, Jaime Escalante: Inspirational Math Teacher by Anne Schraff, and Roberto Clemente: Baseball Legend by Carin T. Ford.

Note: Enslow Publishers, Inc. provided a complimentary copy of Sandra Cisneros: Inspring Latina Author to Mini Book Bytes for review purposes.

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