Becoming Maria

Becoming Maria

Love and Chaos in the South Bronx

Book - 2015
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"Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir. Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving--and troubled. This is Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But--click!--when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real-life--the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia's dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions"--Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780545621847
Branch Call Number: BIO MANZANO
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 22 cm

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PimaLib_MargotN Feb 16, 2016

“A groundbreaking Latina educator, TV personality, and award-winning children's book author…Manzano, known to many as Maria from Sesame Street, relates events from her youth…ending with her life-changing audition for Sesame Street, the book…will resonate with many young people, regardless of socioeconomic background or culture…music, laughter, food, a network of cousins and friends, and a love of performance shone a light in Sonia's life, and glimmers of the beloved character she made iconic peek through the trials of an impoverished but warm upbringing…The author shows great restraint, never tinging memories with adult rationalizations or nostalgia, but infuses each episode with age-appropriate language and forthrightness…” - School Library Journal (2015)

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