The Upside Down Boy / El niño de cabeza

The Upside Down Boy / El niño de cabeza

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by Juan Felipe Herrera, Elizabeth Gomez, Elizabeth Gomez

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The Upside Down Boy/El nino de cabeza


The Upside Down Boy/El nino de cabeza

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School Library Journal
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 Gomez's brilliantly colored, primitive acrylic illustrations.

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Lee & Low Books, Inc.
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Edition description:
Bilingual Edition
Product dimensions:
8.53(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.48(d)
AD450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.

Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.

Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.

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The Upside Down Boy / El niño de cabeza 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is an excellently written and illustrated book. The imagery the author uses could illustrate the book by its self! The story is perfect for kids who are dealing with learning English as a second language as it addresses feelings to which the child could relate. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!