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Title:
Mexican Americans
Author:
Alter, Judy, 1938-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Chanhassen, Minn. : Child's World, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Summary:
Introduces the customs, heritage, and traditions of Mexican Americans.
General Note:
"Spirit of America".
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.6 1.0 61948.
ISBN:
9781567661569
Format :
Book

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Summary

Introduces readers to the Mexican American culture, immigration aspects, customs, religion, foods, and holidays. Famous Mexican Americans, as well as noted contributions and inventions by Mexican Americans, are also presented.


Author Notes

Judy Alter was born in 1938. She earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, followed by a Ph.D. in English with special interest in the literature of the American West from Texas Christian University, and an M.Ed. in English from Truman State University.

Alter is an author of books for adults and young readers. Her novel Mattie won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America as the best western novel of 1987; Luke and the Van Zandt County War was named the best juvenile of 1984 by the Texas Institute of Letters. Fool Girl and Sue Ellen Learns to Dance, won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, with Sue Ellen also winning a Spur from WWA.

Alter has been director of TCU Press Texas, since 1987. She is a past president of Western Writers of America and served several years as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Institute of Letters. In 1989 the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women named her one of the Outstanding Women of Fort Worth.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-These titles cover typical information concerning ethnic immigrant groups: when and why they came; where they lived and the jobs they held; how they have kept traditions alive; and their contributions to American culture, particularly in the arts, sciences, and cuisine. Some topics are dealt with in sidebars or in single pages or spreads at the ends of chapters. The brief chapters; large type; and open layouts featuring archival black-and-white photos, color photos, and art reproductions, make these works accessible to younger students, but the books are not without flaws. The home page Web site given in each one does not lead to easily accessed, relevant material. Mexican Americans prominently features Henry Cisneros in text and photo, even though he left the Clinton administration in disgrace; Joan Baez, born in the U.S. to a father from Mexico and a mother from Scotland, is a "Mexican entertainer," while others of Mexican ancestry are "Mexican Americans." The publication dates for Lolita in Russian Americans are wrong, and those given for the "waves" of Russian immigration are misleading.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Introduces readers to the Mexican American culture, immigration aspects, customs, religion, foods, and holidays. Famous Mexican Americans, as well as noted contributions and inventions by Mexican Americans, are also presented. Excerpted from Mexican Americans by Judy Alter, Judy Alter All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The First Mexican Americansp. 6
Chapter 2 Mexicans in the United Statesp. 12
Chapter 3 Keeping Traditionsp. 18
Chapter 4 Mexican-American Contributionsp. 24
Time Linep. 29
Glossary Termsp. 30
For Further Informationp. 31
Indexp. 32