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Dear America: Valley of the Moon:: Diary of Maria Rosalia De Milagros Hardcover – Apr 1 2001


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (April 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439088208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439088206
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,156,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a mexican slave girl named Maria. Nobody knew she was educated. Only one man knew and that was Senior Jhonston. The main characters where Senior Jhonston, Nelly, Rafaela, Maria, and the owners. In this book, she talks about what happened on certain days. For example, on one day there was a bullfighting contest. On another day a bear wonders into the mission, and her brother and some other guys go to kill it. At the end of the book, Maria finds out who her mother and father are.
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Valley of The Moon: The Diary of Maria Rosalia De Milagros is a wonderful book and very interesting. It is a Dear America Book written by Sherry Garland, who also wrote A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence. Valley of the Moon is the 1840's diary of a half-Mexican, half-Indian girl who is a servant on a rich Mexican rancho in California. She writes about her daily life and the people in it in her diary. She doesn't worry about holding back her feelings when she writes about her chores, the people she knows, and the Americans taking over California during the Mexican-American War. It was very neat to get the perspective of a Mexican girl - something that is very hard to find.
Rosy is 14 years old, growing up in northern California as a servant on the Medina's Rancho. In her diary she writes about the Medina daughters and what she thinks about them (especially the oldest), and about the cattle branding and bull fights which were interesting to watch. In addition, since all Mexicans were Catholic at that time, Rosy tells of how they celebrated the holidays, Christmas and Easter, in Mexican California. She writes about her new best friend, Nelly, and how her own mother died of smallpox in the woods when she was very young. After she died, Padre Ygnaco found Rosy and her younger brother and brought them to the mission, where she learned how to read and write. Later in this book, Rosy sets off to find out the past of her mother and father.
This book has 222 pages and 185 of them are the actual diary. The other 37 pages consist of the epilogue, a glossary of Spanish words used in this book, and a historical note. The historical note gives a brief history on how Alta (upper) California became a home for Mexican rancheros and later American settlers.
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By A Customer on Oct. 22 2003
Format: Hardcover
In Alta California, Rosalia keeps a diary as a friend what had happened in 1846. Rosalia was just 13 years old and 14 in the next part. This happened when she has to stay with the Jhonston family in Alta California. It also happened in All Soul's Day which is called: " Day of the Dead". All Soul's Day happened 2X in her diary. In the end of the epilouge, it says: Rosalia went to San Fransisco at the age of 73 seeing the Jhonstons and she was killed in the great San Fransisco earthquake in 1906.
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By A Customer on Dec 13 2002
Format: Hardcover
I will tell you about a Daer America book inthis reviwe. It is called valley of the moon . the name of person who wrote this book is Sherry Garland. This book is not that long it has 218 pages this book ishistorial fiction the setting of this story is on a farm and lots of other places. Maria's mother died of smallpoxs and someone found her.Maria is a servant os she is not supposde ti know how to read or write.Thre are 3 rasons Ilike this book . I like Dear America books. Maria is a good person to read about , and the book is not that long. Valley of the moon is the best book I read this year. You should look for it in a book store .
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the book valley of the moon from dear america series is a great book.i loved this book and i recomend it to everyone. this book was so great that i told all my friends about it.this was a happy, sad and beautifully written book. i just want people to know how i felt about it book. so please read it.(for me)thank you.
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By A Customer on May 1 2002
Format: Hardcover
i loved this book and i recomend it to everyone.i loved this book so much that i told all my friends about it.it was a happy, sad and beautifully written book. i just want people to know how i felt about this book. so please read it. (for me)thank you
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Format: Hardcover
This book is suposed to be a diary, not a "story" book. Personally, although the story has a nice plot, it reads like a story, and I think it has too many coincidences to resemble "real life". This seems to be fast becoming a trait of the Dear America diaries. I have been collecting them since I was twelve, I am now fifteen and am really noticing the differences in the newer books. The older diaries were really like diaries. Bad things happened, it wasn't all sunshine and smiles. Even though Maria's best friend died, it is glossed over. I think that Valley of the Moon is good historical fiction, but isn't on the same level as some of it's predecessors.
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By Tweety on Feb. 5 2002
Format: Hardcover
One of the wonderful things about this book is that it gives the point of view of the Spanish when the Americans were trying to take over California.
Not only does this book teach you about an important part of history, it also fascinates you with the story of a young girl who doesn't know her past. You will be spellbound as she tries frantically to discover who her parents were. A definite must read.
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