Esperanza Rising

Why does the author open with a scene of Esperanza and her father lying down to hear the heartbeat of the earth?how does this share experience seem to effect Esperanza's relationship with her father?

First page of the book the scene when papa tells Esperanza that she can feel it's heart beating

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Esperanza and her father are very close. As they listen to the land, the two bond with their homeland, the place that provides for them, and upon which they've built their shelter.