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Ancona, George.
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Publication Information:
New York : Marshall Cavendish, 2001.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
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HD1525 .A63 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Harvest is a Marshall Cavendish publication.

Author Notes

George Ancona was born December 4, 1929 in Brooklyn , NY. When he finished high school, he went to Mexico for six months to meet his family. He returned to New York and went to work as a graphic designer.

Ancona began taking pictures of his children, and decided that photography would be his hobby. After ten years he quit his job and become a professional photographer. From these photos, he began to make children's books using the words of other writers. After several books, his editor asked him to try his own hand at writing

Since then, Ancona has produced more than eighty books for children. Ancona's awards include a Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year Citation for Handtalk Birthday, a Parent's Choice Award for The Piñata Maker, and an Outstanding Science Trade Book Citation for The Golden Tamarind Comes Home.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. A veteran nonfiction author and talented photographer, Ancona puts a face on Mexican migrant workers and uses their own words to explain their lives, also including a great deal of information about the crops they pick. He starts his story on a spread with a coal-black background. It's the middle of the night, and migrant workers, who appear in color photographs, are waiting to be chosen as day laborers. Both individual workers and the crops are introduced (each fruit and vegetable has its own way of being picked). The work is shown: backbreaking, uncertain, and aging. Most of the workers seem to appreciate the chance to make a better wage here than in their homeland, but one woman, now a teacher, says the work is like slavery, and there are often problems ahead for the children of workers who are left alone while their parents work long hours. As usual, Ancona's photos are insightful, with scenes and subjects deftly chosen and shot. Information about Cesar Chavez completes the package. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-This photo-documentary focuses on the lives and work of Mexican migrant workers as they pick various crops on the West coast. Unfortunately, the impact of the text is weakened by its presentation. The narrative switches back and forth from the personal stories of the campesinos to information on the actual harvesting, at times abruptly. Readers learn of the workers' difficult lives and how, despite backbreaking labor and poor conditions, they take pride in what they do and struggle to help their families get ahead. Interspersed are first-person accounts by the workers. There is also a spread on organic farming and another on small local growers. The volume concludes with two pages on the life and work of Csar Ch vez. The full-color photographs are generally of high quality; some will make a lasting impression on readers. Some are too small to have full effect. With few titles for children on migrant workers and the harvesting they do, this one would be a good addition where there is a need.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.