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The Upside Down Boy/El Nino de Cabeza

by Juan Felipe Herrera
Illustrated by Elizabeth Gomez

Published by Children's Book Press, 2000
32 pages
ISBN: 0-89239-162-6

Ages 7 - 10

Juanito's family has worked as migrant laborers for many years. When their only child turns nine, they decide it's time to settle down so he can attend school. But everything feels so strange to Juanito at school that he feels like he's living upside-down. Luckily, another Spanish-speaking student, Amanda, helps him adjust to his new routine. His wise teacher, Mrs. Sampson, soon recognizes that her new student has a gift for singing and poetry, and she finds a way to give him a leadership role for the Open House that all parents attend. Juan Felipe Herrera's lyrical bilingual story, based on his own childhood experiences in third grade, is a tribute to the real Mrs. Sampson, whose photograph accompanies a note at the back of the book. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Older Children; The Arts.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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