Friday, December 4, 2009

A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La Juez Que Crecio En El Bronx. Jonah Winter. Edel Rodriquez

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La Juez Que Crecio En El Bronx
by Jonah Winter illus. Edel Rodriguez

This is the childhood story of newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The title A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La Juez Que Crecio En El Bronx and its bilingual format are both very fitting. Judge Sotomayor grew up in the South Bronx and her parents are from Puerto Rico.

Winter's has written a wonderful biography. There's a clear picture of Sotomayor's early years, with her mother and younger brother. Sotomayor's mother working hard to provide for her children, Sotomayor study hard and of course reading Nancy Drew.

The book ends with Sotomayor being appointed to Supreme Court. Rodriquez's illustrations are beautiful and warm. I loved them. He capture's Winter's words and Judge Sotomayor's world with his art.

Winters and Rodriquez have created a lovely biography about the first Latin American Supreme Court Justice. Ages 5up

The opening page.

"You never know what can happen. Sometimes the most beautiful moonflower blossoms in an unexpected place on a chain link, near broken glass, next to an abandoned building - watered by someone whose name you might not even know."

"Uno nunca sabe lo que puede suceder. A veces la mas hermosa campanilla puede florecer en un lugar inesperado - una cerca metalica con vidrios rotos alrededor, junto a un edificio abandonado- regada por alguien cuyo nombre a lo mejor se desconoce"


Tarie Sabido said...

Oh, this sounds like a good book! Hurray for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor! :o)

Doret said...

Hurray is right