Parrot in The Oven
by Alyandra and Consuelo
Author, Publisher, and Year
HarperTrophy and 1996
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Quotation from book:
"Dad believed people were like money. You could be a thousand dollar person or a hundred-dollar person-- even a ten-, five-, or one dollar person. Below that, everybody was just nickels and dimes. To my dad, we were pennies."
Dad sees the world in terms of money—or not having any money—and having different amounts goes along with having different types of power. So being a "million-dollar person" means having tons of power, and we're guessing that being "pennies" means having no power whatsoever.
"The twenty-dollar bill Dad took from me went into his drinking bankroll. Once he started a binge, he wouldn't stop until every cent was drained from his pockets."
The Hernandez family doesn't have much money, so it's a huge deal when Dad takes the twenty bucks that Mr. Hart gave Manny for school supplies and squanders it on drinks at the pool hall—it has the whole family feeling pretty mad. Manny's dad might think that his family is "pennies" compared to million-dollar folks, but he's certainly not helping to save some extra cents here and there. He's even treating Manny like he's worthless by taking his school money
Theme : Poverty
Reviews from Other People on Why You Should Read This Book!!
Erin from GoodReads said :
One of my graduate school professors thought that my students would really like this story, and that they would be able to connect to it as a result of the Latino main character. The teenage male protagonist is engaging, and this novel depicts his "coming of age" struggles (to which many of my students could connect).
Some of my Latino students did not like Parrot in the Oven, however, because they felt that it only told the "typical South of the Border story" in which immigrants cross the Mexican border into Southern California and work as agricultural laborers. I found this comment heartfelt and incisive. Most of my Latino/Latina students were born in El Salvador, and their families did not cross the Mexican border nor did they work as agricultural laborers. While this novel tells an important story of some Latinos' lives, it is equally important to remember that this is not the story of all Latinos in America.