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Chicos migrant family moves often making it difficult for him to make friends and fit in But third grade seems different His teacher and classmates are quick to appreciate his excellent math skills Using his quick mind, Chico cleverly outwits the fourth grade bullies and gains confidence by showing that it is possible to stand up to seemingly impossible odds and win


10 thoughts on “First Day in Grapes

  1. Andrew Jongeneel Andrew Jongeneel says:

    First Day in Grapes, written by L King Perez and illustrated by Robert Casilla, is about Chico, a young boy from a migrant family, who recently moved to California and will start another first day of school Chico does not want to go to school, but instead be a racecar driver his mother tells him that everyone has a job, and right now his job is school He is always the new kid in school and usually gets picked on by other students The teacher is taken to Chico right away due to his math skil First Day in Grapes, written by L King Perez and illustrated by Robert Casilla, is about Chico, a young boy from a migrant family, who recently moved to California and will start another first day of school Chico does not want to go to school, but instead be a racecar driver his mother tells him that everyone has a job, and right now his job is school He is always the new kid in school and usually gets picked on by other students The teacher is taken to Chico right away due to his math skills At lunch, Chico gets bullied by some older students, making fun of his lunch and mother, but he stands up for himself and resolves the confrontation without any further problems His classmates watch in awe as he displays amazing confidence, and now has enough confidence to talk to the grumpy bus driver, the teacher, and his classmates When looking at the story, taking away race, it is one in which any student can relate to everyone is the new kid at one point, and trying to fit in is very difficult, especially with bullies and mean people This story also helps students who are of Hispanic background, and they can relate in race, migrating families and new student experiences Also, by the mom telling Chico that school is his job, this story highlights the importance of education and that he needs to attend school It is easy for kids to read and relate to this story with the help of the illustrations because the illustrations represent so muchthan the story It represents how many children live day to day lives and therefore they can relate to not only the text, but the illustrations


  2. Lindsey Lindsey says:

    Compared to some of the other books I ve read, I didn t like this as much, though I did think it had merit I liked how the main character, Chico, excelled at math, making it clear that migrant workers are not stupid and uneducated I also liked how he stood up to the school bullies without violence I appreciated the portrayal of strength and courage I also liked the subtle message about being polite and giving people a chance before deciding how they are or will be.


  3. Kari Kari says:

    A good look at an immigrant story from a childs perspective Third grade Chico moves from farm to farm based on the harvest schedule His father works with other immigrant workers harvesting different crops, and today is Chico s first day in Grapes He deliniates time by the number of first days of school s he has had first day in Onions, first day in Tomatos etc This time around he learns to stand up for himself, and is looking forward to the short time he has in grapes.


  4. Jennie Jennie says:

    A poorly illustrated book that really doesn t deserve a Pura Belpre Award However, it serves as a reminder to appreciate different learning strengths and cultures, also a lesson to children that they can resolve conflicts without violence Although the part where Chico thwarts his bullies with math problems was a little ridiculous for me, overall I wasn t really impressed with this book.


  5. Millicent C Millicent C says:

    Genre Diverse LiteratureAwards Pura Belpre Award NominationAudience 6 10 years oldA Hispanic culture is emphasized in this story B The family in this story move around to different farms depending on what food season it is This is customary for families that move to different parts of the country to pick or harvest fruits or vegetables The main character in this story is faced with going to a new school and takes the reader through the events that go on during his first day C The autho Genre Diverse LiteratureAwards Pura Belpre Award NominationAudience 6 10 years oldA Hispanic culture is emphasized in this story B The family in this story move around to different farms depending on what food season it is This is customary for families that move to different parts of the country to pick or harvest fruits or vegetables The main character in this story is faced with going to a new school and takes the reader through the events that go on during his first day C The author portrayed the hispanic culture both positively and negatively At first the Chico did not want to go to school because other students picked on him for being hispanic Chico s culture was portrayed positively when he saw familiar faces and when he greeted the mean bus driver and made him smile D How would you prove that Chico had a good first day at school Chico made a new math friend, he stood up to the school bullies, and he was able to make the bus driver smile


  6. Nicole G. Nicole G. says:

    1 Culture or group portrayed Latino Americans2 Summary Chico is a young boy in a migrant family they travel throughout California, working in the fields Chico is starting third grade, but he doesn t want to go, because he s always the new kid, and sometimes the other kids pick on him His mother sends him, anyway The bus driver is rather gruff, but his teacher seems nice and Chico is taken with her right away, especially after she sees how quick he is at math At lunch, the fourth graders 1 Culture or group portrayed Latino Americans2 Summary Chico is a young boy in a migrant family they travel throughout California, working in the fields Chico is starting third grade, but he doesn t want to go, because he s always the new kid, and sometimes the other kids pick on him His mother sends him, anyway The bus driver is rather gruff, but his teacher seems nice and Chico is taken with her right away, especially after she sees how quick he is at math At lunch, the fourth graders come by and start to bully Chico, by making fun of his lunch and insulting his mother He stands up to them, and manages to resolve the confrontation without violence All of the other children cluster around him, amazed at his confidence 3 Cultural Multicultural evaluation If you take away the racial aspect of Chico s character, you are still left with a story that many children could relate to being the new kid and trying to fit in, the possibility of bullies, and standing up for yourself For some Latinx readers, however, First Day in Grapes offers a story they especially can relate to migrating families, and dealing with outsiders who don t care to understand your culture and would rather just make fun of you It also highlights that education is important even though Chico feels that he doesn t need to go to school because he wants to be a race car driver, his mother tells him that We all have jobs, and school is yours 4 Conclusion verdict Highly recommended for the reasons above This was also a Pura Belpr Honor Book for illustration in 2004


  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I really enjoyed this book It was realistic in the fact that he didn t like school but a friendly teacher and nice classmates helped him enjoy school He demonstrates a constructive way to deal with the bullies I love how good he is at mental math I would read this on the first day of school I like that this book tosses in some Spanish vocabulary, which may comfort some immigrants from Mexico and Spanish speaking countries who know those words The rest of the words in this book are not easy I really enjoyed this book It was realistic in the fact that he didn t like school but a friendly teacher and nice classmates helped him enjoy school He demonstrates a constructive way to deal with the bullies I love how good he is at mental math I would read this on the first day of school I like that this book tosses in some Spanish vocabulary, which may comfort some immigrants from Mexico and Spanish speaking countries who know those words The rest of the words in this book are not easy enough for someone who is new to English though, so I need to be sensitive about that I could also read this book before teaching my children about mental math with double digits I think it is interesting that the main character s name means boy I found this really cool looking resource while I was trying to research if this book has won any awards Interest Level 3 5Reading LevelGrade level Equivalent 2.9Lexile Measure AD570LDRA 24Guided Reading MGenreGeneral FictionAwards First Day in Grapes has won numerous awards and honors, including the Pura Belpr Illustrator Award Honor, a Choices selection from the Cooperative Children s Book Center, a Smithsonian magazine Notable Book designation, and the Pennsylvania Young Reader s Choice Award Masterlist


  8. The Reading Countess The Reading Countess says:

    Nice idea show kids that kindness triumphs over bullies, that migrant worker children are just as clever, if not , than any other kid in school, and that we are ALL human, thank you very muchbut was this a well written, artistically rendered book No.


  9. Farnosh Erehvizheh Farnosh Erehvizheh says:

    First day in Grapes was a really good book which gave me something to think about The book is about Chico from Spain Their family move around a lot, and he changes school very often The concept of the book is about coming from another country, children that tease and standing up for you Chico is being teased by two guys his grade, and everyone is afraid of them But the good thing is that Chico stands up for himself and the boys finally leave him alone And other children that wants to be First day in Grapes was a really good book which gave me something to think about The book is about Chico from Spain Their family move around a lot, and he changes school very often The concept of the book is about coming from another country, children that tease and standing up for you Chico is being teased by two guys his grade, and everyone is afraid of them But the good thing is that Chico stands up for himself and the boys finally leave him alone And other children that wants to be his friend, and support him The teacher in the book is also encouraging him to do something he is good at, and that he masters I would use this book in class, to show what teasing can do and how we should be Let the children talk to each other, and if they have experienced anything thing similar to that Since this book is about third grade, I would use this also in third grade Because I think it s a good time to start talking and discussion about teasing, being new in a town and school


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Chico Padillo s dad is a migrant worker, so the whole family moves from crop to crop in California In this book, Chico faces the first day of 3rd grade in a new school, while his dad harvests crates of grapes The bus driver and two 4th graders are mean to him, but there are others in the school who are kind and friendly to him Chico learns how to adapt to a new school and face his fears I believe a lot of kids can relate to Chico s feelings of loneliness, apprehension, and uncertainty He wr Chico Padillo s dad is a migrant worker, so the whole family moves from crop to crop in California In this book, Chico faces the first day of 3rd grade in a new school, while his dad harvests crates of grapes The bus driver and two 4th graders are mean to him, but there are others in the school who are kind and friendly to him Chico learns how to adapt to a new school and face his fears I believe a lot of kids can relate to Chico s feelings of loneliness, apprehension, and uncertainty He writes, Mama doesn t know how scary school could be She didn t understand that some kids didn t like him Maybe it was because he often moved before kids got to know him, or because he spoke Spanish sometimes I d give it a 3 1 2 stars if they d let me do half stars here I like really colorful books, and this book has almost muted colors, so that is why I did not rate it 4 stars It really is a great book, though