My 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.
- Rain of Gold is about two families it’s a love story- a real story.
- Rain of Gold takes place in different parts of Mexico and California close to my hometown.
- Rain of Gold is the perfect example of how traditional our Latino roots are in life, religion and raising our families.
- 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.
- Rain of Gold share the history of California as it was in the early 1930s.
- Rain of Gold is more than just a family story it’s a legacy for the Villaseñor family.
- Rain of Gold had sprinkles of bilingualism.
- Rain of Gold shared the how Mexican kids assimilated to the American life.
- Rain of Gold brings out amazing emotions in every reader.
- Rain of Gold is hard to put down.
- 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.
Do you have a must read book you have recommended to everyone? Please do share!
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