The things that I leanred from this book was to be able to remember where you came from, and to remember what you had to do to get through life everyday. I think that the strengths of this book was the short meaningful stories, and the use of language throughout the book. I think that some of the weaknesses in this book would be the going from different stories to stories. It made a good read but it was had to figure out what place you were in when the author was going to story to story.
My favorite story that we had to read for today would be "The Monkey Garden". The reason I liked this one is because it was showing how the kids were afraid of the monkey that one of their neighbors had. It showed that they are afraid of something that is so wild. I thought it was wierd when Esperonza said "This is where I wanted to die and where I tried one day but not even the monkey garden would have me. It was the last day that I would go there"(Cisneros 96).