Barrio: Jose's Neighborhood

by George Ancona

Nine-year-old José Luís feels very much at home in el barrio, his... read more

Nine-year-old José Luís feels very much at home in el barrio, his neighborhood in San Francisco's Mission District. On his daily walks between his house and Cesar Chavez Elementary School, he passes brightly colored murals that tell the history of his people, both in his parent's native country, Mexico, and in José's country, the United States. In the neighborhood his culture is frequently celebrated with community fiestas and in school he learns not only about his own heritage, but about those of his African American and Asian American classmates. Over the course of several months, George Ancona documents José's life in el barrio with a concise text and with stunning color photographs that bring the neighborhood to life. (Ages 5-10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998

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