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11 Reasons My Mama Made Me Read Rain of Gold and Why You Should Too

11 Reasons My Mama Made Me Read Rain of Gold and why you should tooMy mama is the reason why I love to read books today. I grew up seeing her read all the time. Not just little books I’m talking huge 600 plus page books. I wasn’t a fan as a kid. You can imagine my face when I was in 6th grade and she handed over a thick book with a pretty picture in the front and said “Here, read this book you’ll like it” My jaw must have dropped but I was open for the challenge.

The book was Rain of Gold, La Lluvia de Oro, by Victor Villaseñor. I didn’t know who Victor Villaseñor was and aside from the few black and white pictures in the center fold I had no Idea what to expect from this book.

As I started to read the book I realized this true story was going to hit home in a way I never expected a book to change my life. Throughout the book there were times I wanted to give up reading. I cried I laughed and I simply couldn’t put it down.  My mama urged me to keep reading she never let me give up. I have since read the book 3 times and have recommended it countless times.

These are the reasons my mama made me read Rain of Gold and why you should too.

  1. Rain of Gold is about two families it’s a love story- a real story.
  2. Rain of Gold takes place in different parts of Mexico and California close to my hometown.
  3. Rain of Gold is the perfect example of how traditional our Latino roots are in life, religion and raising our families.
  4. Rain of Gold shares a peek into the life of a migrant worker, a child worker  better yet a  field working family that travels together.
  5. Rain of Gold share the history of California as it was in the early 1930s.
  6. Rain of Gold is more than just a family story it’s a legacy for the Villaseñor family.
  7. Rain of Gold had sprinkles of bilingualism.
  8. Rain of Gold shared the how Mexican kids assimilated to the American life.
  9. Rain of Gold brings out amazing emotions in every reader.
  10. Rain of Gold is hard to put down.
  11. Rain of Gold has a family member we can all identify with.

I can’t thank my Mama enough for encouraging me to read Rain of Gold.

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