The House On Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros

Annotation:

Esperanza has moved many times in her life. She always dreamed of living in a house, but when her family moves into the house on Mango Street, she is sorely disappointed. She chooses not to think of it as their family’s first house, but just a place where she lives and cannot wait to get out of. As you read you hear various stories that build the characters and character of life on Mango Street.

Story-Line:

The story line is rather sporadic. At times you feel she is merely a child and others, she is a teen. It is kind of frustrating to try to follow.

Relation:

I really could not relate to the book and frankly did not enjoy it. I mean each person’s neighborhood has its own quirks, but I never really got involved in mine. However, I can see how many people could relate to and enjoy it. She uses a lot of description and just lays out the life on Mango Street. Each little story could potentially be a part of the story of the lives of the children I will see in my classroom. I would recommend it for students in middle school, and maybe upper elementary. - AF