BC: If lost return to Esperanza Ortega Cabin 12353
FC: Esperanza's Journal Katelyn #25 Mrs.Burnett
1: Esperanza Rising By: Pam Munoz Ryan
2: August 13 ,1930 Dear journal, Um..... so this is the first time writing in here so I am going to tell you about myself. I am Esperanza, and I am twelve years old and I am an only child. I have long wavy black hair just like my mama’s and my abuelita’s. I live in Aguascalientes, Mexico. On my family farm, El Rancho de las Rosas. My birthday is coming up and I can’t wait I will be thirteen. And my friends I haven’t seen in a long time are coming! And my dad always gets me a porcelain doll. I have 12 of them because Papa has got me one since I was born. I hope I get a very pretty one. But no worries I always get pretty ones. Oh, my mom is calling me got to go. Your dearest friend, Esperanza Ortega
3: August 25, 1930 Dear Journal, So today I have very bad news. Papi went out for work and said he would meet me in the garden when we comes back. Mother told me to get roses from the garden for my birthday party. When I went to pick a rose a angry thorn pricked my finger and I thought “Bad Luck” the bleeding wouldn't stop so I went inside to mother. I asked “ Where is Papi?” “ He is just a little late I already sent people out for him”. So we waited and waited and some people mother send came back and handed me and mother his belt buckle. A little later more people came back with sad faces and a wagon. “Nooo! Papi, why!!” Hortensia pulled me back and took me to my room and slowly rocked me back and forth. Then my rotten, mean uncle said that my mother and the rest of us would have to leave unless Mother married him. Mother said no. That night I had an awful dream but when mother shook me to get up she said that the house was on fire. I grabbed this and my porcelain doll that I just got. My uncle came on his horse and told us he set are house on fire because mother said no to his proposal. Now me, mother, and the rest of the family are going to U.S.A. but leaving abuelita in Mexico because when she was getting out of the house when it was on fire she sprained her ankle. Got to go the wagon. Bye, Esperanza Ortega
4: Dear Journal, September 25, 1930 So today was one of the most humiliating days in my life. My job in the camp in U.S.A is to sweep the patio and I didn’t know how to do it. I walked to get the broom and walked over to start I grabbed the handle and swept back and forth but clouds of dust and onion skins and everyone started laughing at me. Later Miguel showed me how to sweep and it wasn’t that hard. Got to go sweep the patio. Bye. Your most dearest friend, Esperanza Ortega
5: September 23, 1930 Dear Journal, So today was Isabel’s first day at school so I had to take care of the babies. So all was well till they wanted food I fed milk but they still wanted more so I searched the cabin and found plums. They loved them and after eating them they went straight to bed. I was so tired I started doze off. I was awoken by two crying babies and stinky smells of dirty diapers. It was like they were sick which they were. They plums were too hard on their baby stomachs. I tried to think what Hortensia did when I was sick. Then I remembered rice water. I put rice in a bowl with water then heat it up and drained the rice with a strainer and let the water cool. Later I gave them each a teaspoon of water then a hour later another. They felt better. And I felt better because I the babies weren’t sick no more. Your great friend, Esperanza Ortega.
7: March 24, 1931 Dear journal, So live was good but then there was a dust storm and it made mother dreadfully ill. We had a doctor look at her he said she needed a hospital and I got mad and said that the hospital was a place people go to die. So they took mother there I visited her like 1,000 times a month. Then they told me that mother had pneumonia so I could not visit her because I might give her more dieses. Later me and Miguel got into a huge fight and he left the camp and took the money that I was using to get Ablutia here. A week later Miguel made contact a said he wanted to see me and the rest of the family. When we got there he was not there yet. Soon a bus pulled up and Miguel got off. When everyone else got off a old lady was slow to get of and it was Abuelita!! i was so happy. When she got to the camp she wanted to see mother who was better and sleeping in the shade with Isabels watch. Abuelita and Isabel became best friends. Bye, Esperanza
8: February 13, 2014 Dear Journal I found, So I guess this book belongs a girl named Esperanza. And I want to meet her badly, she sounds like she has a tough life. So if I could find her I would be her friend because I could help with the babies or help take care of her mother. I feel so bad for her because before she came to the United states of America her dad was killed and now her mother is sick and without the right care she could die and Esperanza would have no parents, just her other family. Which is not a lot with her family being in Mexico. I feel bad for her grandma because she was getting out of the fire she hurt herself and was too weak to go to the United States. But Esperanza is saving up to bring her in the United States of America but her rotten uncles will stop her. Um... bye, Katelyn.