…and now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold

“When his deeds go unnoticed, he prays to San Ysidro, the saint for farmers everywhere.  And his prayer is answered…but with devastating consequences.”  This book blurb is the shrewdest ploy I’ve ever read.  Actually, not even necessary because the ending of this coming-of-age story was completely satisfying.  I was infected with Miguel’s burning desire to enter the adult world of his family and community.  And I think that eighth graders as well as seventh graders would identify with Miguel and learn some important lessons.  I’m writing another lesson plan that will allow me to use the 1953 movie version for …and now Miguel produced by the author, Joseph Krumgold. RS

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