Parents' Guide to

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Picture book offers inspiring bios of Latino Americans.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Enjoyable and interesting, with one surprise

My son really enjoyed this book. The last story was about a hero-teacher from Newtown, which was upsetting, and we started reading with his younger brother before I realized. Still recommend, and glad she was included, but just be prepared.

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Mainstream America may not have known these pioneers’ names, but now young kids can celebrate them in this lovely picture book that's full of 19 mini-biographies and portraits of Hispanic heroes. There was a time before Dora the Explorer and Ugly Betty and the rise of multicultural casts on television when Hispanic American kids didn't see many Latinos on the stage or screen, but as Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes proves, there have always been prominent Hispanic Americans in the arts, sciences, letters, politics, and sports.

Some of the entries are obvious (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner Moreno, Pittsburgh Pirate legend Clemente, and labor union pioneer Chavez), but others are unexpected. Did you know a Hispanic American won the Nobel Prize for Physics (Alvarez) or that a Latina astronaut rose through the NASA ranks to be the director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston? It's refreshing and inspiring to read about such accomplished Latinos, who had to overcome considerable discrimination to reach their goals.

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