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A Day's Work by [Eve Bunting, Ronald Himler]

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–In this iconographic version of Eve Bunting's picture book (Clarion, 1994), Francisco's grandfather has just arrived in California from Mexico. Since he doesn't speak English, Francisco is serving as his interpreter in the day laborer line in which they are waiting. When a van arrives and asks for one man to help with gardening, Francisco lies and tells the man that his abuelo was a gardener in Mexico, when he really was a carpenter. After working for hours pulling weeds on a hill, the man returns to discover that Francisco and his grandfather have pulled out all of the flowers and left all of the flowering weeds. When grandfather learns of the mistake, he refuses to accept payment for the work and offers to correct his mistake. Narrator Luz Harris employs a Mexican accent to tell the story, deftly weaving together the Spanish and English words. Subtle guitar music and sound effects enhance the story. Ronald Himler's softly colored illustrations are clearly depicted. This intergenerational tale about respect, honesty, and the difficulties immigrants have in finding work would be an excellent addition to collections that support social studies curriculums.–Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Francisco, trying to find work for his grandfather, or abuelo, who has just arrived from Mexico, acts as a liaison between Abuelo, who doesn't speak English, and Ben, who wants to hire a gardener for a day's work. Eager to earn the badly needed pay, Francisco assures Ben that his grandfather is a skilled gardener (Abuelo is in fact a carpenter). Returning at the end of the day, Ben is shocked to discover that Francisco and Abuelo stripped his field of the plants and left the weeds. Abuelo is also angered, learning only now that Francisco had lied to Ben, and refuses payment until they have done the job correctly. Recognizing the older man's integrity, Ben rewards Abuelo and Francisco with the promise of "more than just one day's work." Says Ben of the plants: "The roots are still there. If they've replanted early, they'll be alright." Similarly, Francisco is given a chance to start over. He changes from a naively parental figure to a child who "had begun to learn the important things." The shift in the boy's role quietly suggests not only the importance of a work ethic but also Francisco's need to be a child, guided by a caring adult. With expressive, gestural watercolors, Himler, who illustrated Bunting's Fly Away Home and Someday a Tree, conveys the boy's complex relationship with his grandfather and strongly invokes both the harsh and the tender landscapes of Francisco's world. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00C8WTM3Y
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Clarion Books; Reprint edition (November 18, 2004)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 18, 2004
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 51064 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 37 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0395673216
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Eve Bunting has written more than 200 books for children, many of which can be found in libraries around the world. Her other Clarion titles for very young readers include My Big Boy Bed, which was also illustrated by Maggie Smith, and Little Bear's Little Boat, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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