Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories

by S. Beth Atkin

First-person narratives and/or poems represent ten voices representative of Hispanic... read more

First-person narratives and/or poems represent ten voices representative of Hispanic migrant children and teenagers working in the Salinas Valley of California. This unparalleled photodocumentary children's book originated in migrant programs or in the fields where some of the children and teenagers agreed to tell their stories and be photographed. Atkin's brief introductory passages establish a context for each commentary. These children of Mexican heritage speak about work, family, fitting in, the gang, teen parents. Spanish was used in most of the interviews, the English translations of which offer an urgent witness and testimony to certain realities and experiences and, sometimes, also to hopes, as well. (Ages 9-14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993

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