Synopses & Reviews
The inspiring and timely story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the US Supreme Court.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation's highest court, she was just a little girl in the South Bronx. Justice Sotomayor didn't have a lot growing up, but she had what she needed -- her mother's love, a will to learn, and her own determination. With bravery she became the person she wanted to be. With hard work she succeeded. With little sunlight and only a modest plot from which to grow, Justice Sotomayor andlt;iandgt;bloomedandlt;/iandgt; for the whole world to see.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Antes de que la magistrada de la Corte Suprema Sonia Sotomayor llegara al mand#225;ximo tribunal de nuestra naciand#243;n, no era mand#225;s que una niand#241;ita en el South Bronx. La magistrada Sotomayor no tuvo mucho durante sus primeros aand#241;os, pero sand#237; tuvo lo que contaba -- el amor de su madre, la voluntad de aprender y su propia determinaciand#243;n. Con valentand#237;a se hizo la persona que querand#237;a ser. Con trabajo arduo triunfand#243;. Con un poquito de sol en un solarcito donde crecer, la magistrada Sotomayor floreciand#243; para que todo el mundo la vea.andlt;/iandgt;
"Winter (Barack) offers an impressionistic, at times repetitive, bilingual biography of Supreme Court justice Sotomayor. The author explains that Sotomayor's mother, raising her two children in the South Bronx, 'worked night and day, day and night' to support them and pay their private school tuition after their father died, 'leaving just an empty chair and much sadness.' Determined to become a judge, Sotomayor also worked hard: 'while other kids may have been goofing off, Sonia was studying at her mother's kitchen table year after year after year after year.' Though it effectively conveys Sotomayor's personality and accomplishments, Winter's conversational narrative rambles; of her Supreme Court nomination, he writes, 'This was huge (Gulp.) There had never been a Latin American on the Supreme Court. How strange this was!' Rodriguez's (Sergio Makes a Splash!) mixed-media illustrations feature chalky textures, gauzy coloring, and sketchy linework, providing competent portraits of Sotomayor and President Obama in a palette of grassy greens and terra cotta that particularly bring to life scenes from her Bronx childhood. An author's note offers additional details about Sotomayor's life. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
andlt;divandgt; "Although I grew up in very modest and challenging circumstances, I consider my life to be immeasurably rich." -- Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
"Aunque me crié en circunstancias muy humildes y desafiantes, considero que mi vida es inmensamente rica". -- Magistrada de la Corte Suprema Sonia Sotomayor
"[A]s impressive and meaningful as Judge Sotomayor's sterling credentials in the law is her own extraordinary journey." -- President Barack Obama andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;"Tan impresionante y significativa como las credenciales legales de la juez Sotomayor es su extraordinaria jornada". -- Presidente Barack Obamaandlt;/iandgt;
"Although I grew up in very modest and challenging circumstances, I consider my life to be immeasurably rich." -- Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;"Aunque me criand#233; en circunstancias muy humildes y desafiantes, considero que mi vida es inmensamente rica". -- Magistrada de la Corte Suprema Sonia Sotomayorandlt;/iandgt;
andquot;A beautiful account of a young girland#39;s bravery and her important contribution toward gender equality in the creative arts.andquot;
A biography of U.S. Supreme Court judge, Sonia Sotomayor.
In this picture book bursting with vibrance and rhythm,and#160;a girl dreams ofand#160;playing the drumsand#160;in 1930s Cuba, when the music-filled island had a taboo against female drummers.
Girls cannot be drummers.
Long ago on an islandand#160;filled withand#160;music, no one questioned that ruleandmdash;until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongandoacute;s. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both
girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cubaand#39;s traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.
About the Author
Jonah Winter is the celebrated author of many picture book biographies, including andlt;iandgt;Barackandlt;/iandgt;, which was a andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestseller. His other books include andlt;iandgt;Here Comes the Garbage Bargeandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Sonia Sotomayorandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Roberto Clementeandlt;/iandgt;, and others. A poet and a painter, Mr. Winter lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.