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The upside down boy
Herrera, Juan Felipe.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Children's Book Press/Libros para Niños : Distributed to the book trade by Publishers Group West, [2000]

Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
The author recalls the year when his farm worker parents settled down in the city so that he could go to school for the first time.
Reading Level:
AD 450 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 44068.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 23559.
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The Upside Down Boy/El nino de cabeza

Author Notes

Juan Felipe Herrara was named at the Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress. He was Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2014 and is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-In rhythmic, flowing language, Herrera uses startlingly apt images to tell the story of a young Hispanic boy's adjustment to an Anglo school. Juanito is worried about entering a new school, afraid that his tongue will "-turn into a rock." Indeed, on the first day, this is what happens. He feels frightened, shy, and "de cabeza," upside down. Fortunately, his teacher recognizes his musical and verbal abilities, and with her encouragement and the support of his family, Juanito not only fits in, but shines. Based on Herrera's own experiences in third grade, this positive look at the process of adjustment is beautifully complemented by G-mez's brilliantly colored, primitive acrylic illustrations. Francisco Jim‚nez's La Mariposa (Houghton, 1998) and Jane Medina's My Name Is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River (Boyds Mills, 1999) cover similar turf, though in a less upbeat manner. El ni-o is an excellent addition to a growing body of work on the experience of adjusting to life in a new culture.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.