The Upside Down Boy
El nino de cabeza
Author: Juan Felipe Herrera
Illustrator: Elizabeth Gomez
Genre: Bilingual Picture Book
Topic: patience and time will help find your place
About this book
The upside down boy is considered to be a bilingual picture book for children. The book is written in both English and Spanish languages throughout the entire story. This was interesting and fun to read through. The illustrations help to enhance the story and explain details about the culture, characters and setting.
With time and patience you will find your place. This is demonstrated by the main character throughout the book. At first he does not feel he belongs and sees himself as an outsider. With patience and time he finds what he is good at and finds his place in the classroom. He learns to enjoy school and all it has to offer.
This book is a good reading level for 3rd grade and up
Illustrations From The Book
Common Core Standard
The student will be able to identify the theme or message of the story
- The lesson will begin by having the students brainstorm a time they may have felt left out or lonely. This could be at school, home, summertime, or others they may think of. Have the students think about how this made them feel, what they did to fix the situation, and what may have helped them along the way.
- We will then, as a class, read the book "The upside down boy" in the reading corner of the classroom. While reading the teacher will ask questions about the culture, the boys situation at school, and how the other kids treat each other.
- When the teacher is finished reading the book the students will be dismissed to return to their seats. The students will then be asked to fill out a six box story retell worksheet. On the worksheet the students will write characters in the story, setting, culture being portrayed and what happened in the story.
- The teacher will then remind the students about the stories they came up with at the beginning of the lesson about being left out and lonely. The teacher will ask the students and have a class discussion about how their stories related to the main characters problems at school. How were they similar? How were they different?
- The teacher will then have the students write on the back of their worksheet what they think is the moral of the story. The students can write it out, add a picture, or give examples. When the students are done the teacher will ask for some examples and talk about them with the class. The students will then turn the worksheet in.
Selections From The Book
page one by kshowa
Herrera, J.F.,& Gomez, E. (2000). The Upside down Boy: El nino de cabeza. San Francisco: Children's Book Press/Libros para ninos.