National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (9-15 to 10-15) Kid Lit Review of “The Upside Down Boy” by Juan Felipe Herrera

This bilingual book describes what happens when Juanito’s migrant family moves from a rural area to the city of San Diego so he can go to school. He doesn’t speak English and is afraid. His tongue feels like a rock. He doesn’t understand what the other kids are doing, and always feels like he does everything upside down. But his sympathetic teacher and loving parents guide him, and encourage him to make the most of his artistic abilities; he is very good at writing and singing. Before long, he is a class leader. The bright and colorful whimsical primitive-style acrylics by Elizabeth Gomez are wonderful.

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0892392177
ISBN-13: 978-0892392179

Rating: 4/5

Published by Children’s Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition, 2006

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6 Responses to National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (9-15 to 10-15) Kid Lit Review of “The Upside Down Boy” by Juan Felipe Herrera

  1. Sandy says:

    I absolutely love the cover of that book…gorgeous colors!

  2. This would have been perfect for Vance when we lived in France – he probably felt like “the upside down boy” there.

  3. Stephanie says:

    This looks like a good book — I love the colorful illustration on the cover.

  4. Another great review and spotlight on children’s books!

  5. Jenners says:

    My son is taking Spanish from a “real” teacher in third grade now and I wonder if this bilingual book would be kind of neat for him to grow his skills.

  6. stacybuckeye says:

    Looks like a great book to teach acceptance.

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