The Upside Down Boy: El Niño de Cabeza (Bilingual English/Spanish)

by Juan Felipe Herrera (Author) Elizabeth Gomez (Illustrator)

The Upside Down Boy: El Niño de Cabeza (Bilingual English/Spanish)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Rise and Shine

Juanito está desconcertado con la nueva escuela y extraña la calidez de la vida en el campo. Todo lo que hace se siente al revés. Almuerza cuando es el recreo; sale a jugar a la hora del almuerzo; y su lengua se siente como una roca cuando trata de hablar inglés. Pero un maestro sensible y una familia amorosa lo ayudan a encontrar su voz y hacerse un lugar en este nuevo mundo a través de la poesía, el arte y la música. El lenguaje lúdico de Juan Felipe Herrera y el colorido y mágico arte de Elizabeth Gómez capturan la experiencia universal de los niños que ingresan a una nueva escuela se sienten extraños en un mundo que al principio parece estar al revés.


Juanito is bewildered by the new school, and he misses the warmth of country life. Everything he does feels upside down. He eats lunch when it's recess; he goes out to play when it's time for lunch; and his tongue feels like a rock when he tries to speak English. But a sensitive teacher and loving family help him to find his voice and make a place for himself in this new world through poetry, art, and music.Juan Felipe Herrera's playful language and the colorful, magical art of Elizabeth Gómez capture the universal experience of children entering a new school feeling like strangers in a world that seems upside down-at first.

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Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, artist, and activist. He was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017. He is the creator of Jabberwalking and the author of Imagine, illustrated by Lauren Castillo. He lives in Fresno, California.

Blanca Gómez started drawing illustrations for her mom when she was a child. Now she illustrates for people from near and far, all over the world. She lives in Madrid, Spain.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780892392179
Lexile Measure
560L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Children's Book Press (CA)
Publication date
January 20, 2007
Series
Rise and Shine
BISAC categories
JNF007050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
JNF018030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic/Latino
Library of Congress categories
Childhood and youth
20th century
Spanish language materials
Bilingual
Poets, American
Biography
Mexican American poets
Herrera, Juan Felipe

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