A Judge Grows in the Bronx

This week the United States Supreme Court returned to full strength. Here’s a really good intro to the life of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

As a child, Sonia found blossoms in the most unexpected place…around a chain link fence, near broken glass, next to an abandoned building. Using this metaphor, Winter tells the story of Sonia’s life from the high-poverty Latino community of the South Bronx to the Ivy League to the Supreme Court. It wasn’t easy. Not only did she grow up without much money but she had to face childhood diabetes and the death of her father. In college she felt socially out of place among her wealthy classmates. But like the flowers growing in harsh conditions, Sonia had a will to succeed and the tender care of her family that wanted to see her flourish. A great book for any child who experiences obstacles in life, an affirmation that even in challenging conditions, success is possible.

Pegged for grades K-3

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