Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

El Bronx Remembered

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

El Bronx Remembered

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MOHR, NICHOLASA. (1975). El Bronx Remembered. New York: HarperTrophyISBN 0-06-447100-4

A winner of the National Book Award, Mohr presents the reader with a set of short stories and one novella about what it might have been like to live in the Bronx as part of the Puerto Rican immigrant community during the decade spanning 1946-1956. In one story, we learn of a family whose atypical pet, a white hen named after their favorite actress, Joan Crawford, meets with the angry hands of an overworked and frustrated mother. In another story, readers are introduced to a young boy who cannot stand the thought of wearing his well-intentioned uncle's orange "roach-killer" shoes to his graduation. In yet another story, children struggle to deal with issues of death and dying among gang members.

To be matter of fact, the stories were touching but I really couldn't imagine sharing them with students of any age. While a universal theme of "growing up" is addressed within these pages, each and every story caused me to worry that the only image readers would walk away with is a negative one, one that teaches that all immigrants from Puerto Rico have horrible lives that no one of us would ever choose. …

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