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.
Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Published by Children’s Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition, 2006