Brief Annotation: This is a story about a young boy, Francisco (who is actually the author). It is his first year in an American school and he is having trouble understanding the English language. He is drawn to the slow-moving caterpillar next to his desk, whom he relates to. He knows that caterpillars turn into butterflies, but doesn’t know how. He tries to learn the words in an informational book but struggles. The story attempts to promote tolerance for English learners.
Grade Level: K – 4
Reader who will like this: English learners, especially those who are native Spanish speakers, would throughly enjoy this story.
Rating/Response: 5 – This is an amazing book that promotes tolerance and patience for those learning English. It would be an awesome story to use as a read aloud in a classroom, especially in a diverse classroom.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever felt confused or been in a situation in which you couldn’t understand? What did that feel like?
Reading Strategy: Synthesizing
Rationale for Strategy: There are many relevant think aloud opportunities to go along with this story in regards to synthesizing, as students can pick apart the story in regards to the character’s thoughts and feelings and can relate that to their own.
Posted by: Emma Henke