“Our land is alive... The whole valley lives and breathes." Pg. 1 This means that the valley is rich, it produces much life, and keeps Esperanza's family going and is able to support them.
"As they rounded the curve, it appeared as if mountains looked like monstrous lion's paws resting at the edge of the ridge." Pg. 94 This means that when they turned the corner the mountains looked like a lion's paws that were resting on the ground.
"We are like the Phoenix, rising again, with a new life ahead of us." Pg. 50 This means that they will keep on going no matter what happens good or bad and that they will find away to rise up agian.