|About the Book|
In the fiction book, First Day in Grapes by L. King Pérez, Chico and his family moves from migrant camp to migrant camp. They live in California now where Chico goes to school and his dad works in the field. His first day at his new school starts out rough, from being yelled at by the bus driver to being picked on by two other boys. Chico then remembers what his mother has been teaching him- to stand tall. He stood up for himself and had a great day at school after all. There was a good life lesson learned in this book and that being to stand tall. Pérez based this story on her husband’s experiences growing up as a child in a migrant camp. The author use speech that accurately represents cultural and oral traditions of the characters- Spanish words were used. The illustrations corresponds well with the text. First Day in Grapes relates to the topic of immigration because Chico along with his family moved to America. Chico then tries to adjust to the new environment.