First Day in Grapes (Paperback)

By L. King Perez, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)

Lee & Low Books, 9781620141908, 30pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback, Spanish (8/1/2004)
Prebound (9/1/2014)

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The powerful story of a migrant boy who grows in self-confidence when he uses his math prowess to stand up to the school bullies.

All year long Chico and his family move up and down the state of California picking fruits and vegetables. Every September they pick grapes and Chico starts at a new school again. Often other children pick on him - maybe because he is always new or maybe because he speaks Spanish sometimes.

Chico's first day in third grade turns out to be different. His teacher likes him right away, and she and his classmates are quick to recognize his excellent math skills. He may even get to go to the math fair When the fourth-grade bullies confront Chico in the lunchroom, he responds wisely with strengths of his own.

Readers of all backgrounds will relate to Chico's bravery and the creative way he finds to resolve conflict. This story of personal triumph is a testament to the inner strength in all of us.