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Book Highlight Part 4
Newsletter , Uncategorized / May 13, 2014

Now for the fourth installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Julie Olsen Edwards for Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers by Sarah Warren; illustrated by Robert Casillia. Dolores is a friend. Dolores is a mother. Dolores is a storyteller. Dolores is a detective, a warrior, an organizer, a peacemaker. In simple words and powerful images, this young children’s book portrays Dolores Huerta, one of the most important American leaders of our times, as intelligent, courageous, and persistently effective in her work to organize farm workers. The workers, mainly Mexican American immigrants, are portrayed as hard working, caring deeply for their children and willing to struggle to have a union that makes possible a living wage, safe working conditions, fairness and justice. All this is done in a few short pages – with art work that matches the power and simplicity of the text – artwork showing Dolores aging – demonstrating how struggles for justice take time to succeed. “Dolores is a teacher. She Teaches people how to work as a team. She teaches people how to take care of each other. This…