Vidas impactantes

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Vidas impactantes contains six biographies of people from Spanish-speaking countries who have led or still lead interesting and inspiring lives. It is intended for students who already have some knowledge of Spanish, but the words and constructions are not complicated and often recur in the stories. Unfamiliar words and complicated constructions are translated at the bottom of the page (in English) and there is a glossary Spanish-English at the back of the book.
While reading you will learn about the different countries and the spirit of the times. The first life story is Roberto Clemente's, a Puerto Rican and the first Latino to be included in the American "National Baseball Hall of Fame" after having played baseball for eighteen seasons in the USA at a time when racial segregation prevailed. Then there is Azucena Villaflor, one of the first "Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo", Argentina, demanding to know what happened to her son under the military dictatorship of Videla. Celia Cruz was a Cuban singer who fled her country under the Castro regime and became known as "the Queen of Salsa". Julio Iglesias is still alive and still famous as a singer, but started out as a profesional football player for Real Madrid. Luis Urzúa was the shift supervisor of the 33 miners that got trapped in a mine in Chile in 2010 and was instrumental in their survival. After 69 days all of them were rescued. And finally Maria Reiche, who was born in Germany, but moved to Peru, where she researched the Naza lines, huge drawings in the sands of the pampa, now declared a World Heritage Site.

Is this very interesting book suitable for you? You can read some sample pages by clicking on them on the left-hand side. If you can read these pages fairly easily this book is the right one for you.


Nicole de Boer

"Each and everyone of these stories is worthwhile. They are about people whose life and work  have had a major impact. The names may not immediately ring a bell, but who has not heard of the  "Mad Mothers" in Argentina and the huge, mysterious line drawings in the pampas of Peru. And in 2010 we were all glued to the internet to know how the Chilean miners were doing, who were locked up in a partially collapsed copper mine. Their shift supervisor, Luis Urzúa, who came up last during the rescue operation, comes back to life in this booklet."


For Teachers
'Vidas Impactantes' is aimed at lower intermediate students, about A2 level. There is a glossary Spanish-English at the back of the book and unfamiliar words and complicated constructions are translated in English at the bottom of the page. The stories are isolated units and can be read on their own or in any particular order, both individually and in the class. They make good material to cover a certain country or timeframe. 


Class set

Would you like to order a set of 20 of more copies* for your class? We will give you a 10% discount (only for 20 or more copies of the same title). Please, order the novels via e-mail. Due to relatively small stock numbers, we advise you to order timely. Delivery time will be up to 2-3 weeks.


*All books and novels are copyright protected, which means that copying this book for use in your classroom is not permitted.



Author: Kristy Placido
Year of publication: 2017
Number of pages: 92 (including glossary)
ISBN: 9781945956348
Illustrated: Yes
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