Title: Becoming Maria
Author: Sonia Manzano
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Non Fiction
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Buy Links: Amazon/Barnes & Noble
Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving–and troubled. This is Sonia’s own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But–click!–when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real-life–the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia’s dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl’s resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.
We all know the character Maria on Sesame Street. Did you know her real name is Sonia Manzano?
Sonia grew up in the Bronx in the 70s. She did not have the ideal childhood that we all wish for and that everyone deserves. Her father was an alcoholic (unfortunately that is all too common).
Maria is determined to make something of her life and uses television as a way to escape reality and that is where her dream of becoming an actress begins.
This book takes us up to the time she is auditioning for Sesame Street. I would love to learn more about her life after she hit it big time in the industry.
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.