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Author¿s biography and awards:
Francisco Jimenez was born in 1943 in San Pedro, Tlaquepaque, Mexico. He was four years old when his family first immigrated to San Joaquin Valley of California. Francisco went to work in the fields when he was six years old.
In 1997, his fictionalized memoir ¿The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child¿ was published. Francisco¿s books received several honors. They won the Americas Awards. ¿The Circuit¿ won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction; it was named the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and received a Jane Addams Honor Book Award.
At present, Francisco Jimenez works as a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University. For more biography of Francisco Jimenez visit: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/contributor.jsp?id=2265
La Mariposa is an autobiographical story about a young boy named Francisco. One morning Francisco goes to school for first day of classes. He faces a difficulty at school because he cannot speak English. When Francisco does not understand English he uses his native language which is Spanish and a teacher along with the rest of the class cannot communicate with him. There is only one student named Arthur who could understand Spanish a little.
One day their teacher Ms. Scalapino gives Francisco a jacket, Francisco gets into a trouble of this jacket and fights with another student whose name is Curtis because the jacket belonged to Curtis.
Throughout the story we can see that Francisco cannot fit into the class because he comes from a different place and has a language barrier. One day their teacher Ms. Scalapino gives the students an assignment. The students have to draw a picture. Francisco does not understand it and he draws a picture of a butterfly. Then his picture disappears, but after sometime passes Ms. Scalapino tells everyone to sit. She calls Francisco¿s name, and she heads to his desk and hands him a drawing with a blue silk ribbon that has number 1 printed on it in gold. Francisco¿s family gets very happy about it.
Eventually, Francisco begins to say several English words like thank you to his classmates and his teacher.
At the end of the story when Francisco waits for his bus, Curtis and Arthur approach him. Curtis wants to see the drawing of a butterfly, and then Francisco gives the drawing to him and says: ¿It¿s yours¿.
The illustrations by Simon Silva are also fabulous. They are colorful and go along with the text. These illustrations add more flavor to the story.
I think this autobiographical story is very rich in meaning. Throughout the story we can see how a child from another culture and a country faces several obstacles because of lack of English. We all know that children who come to the US with their parents for immigration experience very similar problems, primarily of language barrier. So, this story is very useful to use in the class. By this story we can teach the children how to deal and be helpful to other children who do not speak English until they fit the class. Moreover, this story shows that everyone can learn and be successful despite their native languages.
Jimenez, F., & Silva, S. (1998). La Mariposa. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston.