By Juan Herrera
Illustrated by Ernesto Cuevas
Kids race across the grass,
swooping like kites over an emerald sea.
No one notices
how fast I can spin my wheels.
Will I ever catch up?
Will they ever see me?
At his new school or on the soccer field, all everyone wants to know is why Tomasito is in a wheelchair. His Papi gives Tomasisto a new pet to make him smile, but this bird is a little bit different from the rest. Before long, this boy-bird team discovers that there's more than one way to fly-on or off the soccer field-and that those cheers Tomasito hears from the sidelines just might be for him. Goooooooooooal!
Award-winning children's book author and poet Juan Felipe Herrera scores yet again with this sparkling story of self-empowerment and friendship. The brilliant acrylic paintings by Ernesto Cuevas, Jr., soar off the page with joy.
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About the Creators
is an acclaimed poet and children's book author. His first children's book, Calling the Doves, won the prestigious Ezra Jack Keats Award, and another book, The Upside Down Boy, was made into a musical for young audiences in 2004. He teaches at California State University, Fresno.
holds a bachelor's degree in fine art from Dartmouth College. He grew to love the arts through his experiences in the fields with his parents, who were migrant farmworkers. Ernesto is also the founder of RedCielo LLC, a graphic design firm based in Atlanta, Georgia.
About This Title
Interest Level:Grades K - 3
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Sports, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Responsibility, Overcoming Obstacles, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Imagination, Friendship, Fathers, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Disability, Conflict resolution, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Bilingual, Animals, Empathy/Compassion, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation, Pride, Collaboration, Courage
Part of These Collections
Early Fluent Bilingual , Bilingual Spanish/English Guided Reading Level M, Juan Felipe Herrera Collection, Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Athletes and Sports, Latin American Spanish / Bilingual Collection Grades PreK-2, Father's Day Collection, Latin American Spanish/Bilingual Collection, Bilingual English/Spanish Collection , Building Classroom Community for First Grade