El exito empieza en casa: Guia escolar para padres e hijos latinos
Angel Lerma and Jose R. Gonzalez. Published by the authors, 2011. 178 pp. ISBN: 9781453753095
Friday, December 16, 2011
by: Reviewed by Stefanie Bakken

Section: Adult Book Reviews

Fall/Winter 2011

Reviewed by Stefanie Bakken, Denver Public Library, CO.

This book is an accessible guide for parents who are unfamiliar with the educational system in the U.S.  It provides practical information on how to navigate and succeed in the school system along with opinions and analysis of educational issues in general.  The authors broach many essential topics - how the letter grading system works and the importance of communicating with the school, for example - also addressing common fears that keep parents from getting to know their children’s teachers and other obstacles. The authors make sure parents are familiar with their rights and their children’s rights. The information is organized in manageable chunks that are clearly named and listed in the table of contents.  Although the book is self-published, the authors’ credentials as educators and academics in the U.S., along with their experiences in both the Mexican and American cultures, lend credibility to the opinions and suggestions put forth here.

RECOMMENDED for public libraries serving Spanish-speakers who may be unfamiliar with the educational system in the U.S.

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