In their umpteenth biography for younger audiences (albeit the first featuring a figure of Latino descent), the Adlers focus almost entirely on highlights of Chavez's youth and public career as a labor leader but also convey a clear sense of his strong social conscience and his deeply rooted commitment to nonviolence. Likewise, in Olofsdotter's stylized paintings, he and other figures are pictures of dignity and restraint, stiffly posed and showing only small, subtle signs of emotion. Though the presentation of historical events and the character portrait sketched here seem low key next to the more vivid, even passionate likes of Kathleen Krull's Cesar Chavez: Harvesting Hope (illustrated by Yuyi Morales, 2003) or Carmen T. Bernier-Grand's Cesar: SÃ, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can! (illustrated by David Diaz, 2004), and the bibliography's contents are older than the book's audience in both age and level, this is still a sturdy, worthwhile addition to the series and a primary look at a significant mover and shaker in our country's social history. (Picture book/biography. 8-10)Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Gr 2-4--Adler and his son, Michael, have collaborated to produce another respectable addition to the biography series the senior Adler began years ago. Those owning Kathleen Krull's Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez (Harcourt, 2003), a standout biography of Chavez for this age group, will still want to consider this title because of its slightly different bent. While Krull emphasizes Chavez's younger years that inspired him to become an activist and focuses on the 1965 grape pickers boycott and the 300-mile march that resulted in the first farm workers' contract, the Adlers' book includes those events, but provides a more linear approach. It covers Chavez's life from birth to death, providing important facts, such as the posthumous award of the Congressional Medal of Freedom, not mentioned in Krull's title. Olofsdotter's lively, earth-toned illustrations extend the text.--Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ[Page 89]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.