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A Day's Work Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Bunting, Eve, Himler, Ronald (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0395845181     ISBN-13: 9780395845189
Publisher: Clarion Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 1997

Annotation: "The family drama captures that universal immigrant experience in which the child must help the adult interpret the new world, while the wise adult still has much to teach the child about enduring values".--"ALA Booklist". An "American Bookseller" "Pick of the Lists". Illustrations.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mexican Americans; Fiction.
Grandfathers; Fiction.
Work; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 93038357
Lexile Measure: 350
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 9.50" W x 0.25" (0.30 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 59580
Reading Level: 2.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q02899
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Francisco, a young Mexican-American boy, helps his grandfather find work as a gardener, even though the old man cannot speak English and knows nothing about gardening.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995)
Complemented by poignant, muted paintings, Bunting's text gracefully charts a shift in a boy's view of his grandfather, who has moved to California from Mexico and cannot speak English. Overeagerness to help his grandfather find work balances with respect when, on a job the boy has obtained by falsely claiming his grandfather knows gardening, the old man honorably rectifies their mistakes. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1997 April #3)
A boy lies to secure work for his grandfather, newly arrived from Mexico; Himler's "expressive, gestural watercolors... strongly invoke both the harsh and tender landscapes of [the story]," said PW. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1994 August #2)
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. (Sept.) Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1995 January)
K-Gr 3?A charming story about an elderly man who has just come from Mexico to live with his daughter and grandson Francisco in California. The boy convinces a man to hire him and his Abuelo by saying that ``...my grandfather is a fine gardener, though he doesn't know English yet,'' in spite of the fact that he has always lived in the city and worked as a carpenter. After their new employer drives off in his van, the two set to work?but they pull up all of the plants and leave the weeds. ``We do not lie for work,'' Abuelo tells Francisco when he learns what they have done, and they return the next day to rectify their mistake for no extra pay. Bunting perfectly captures the intergenerational love and respect shared by these two characters and the man's strong sense of honesty and integrity. Himler's softly colored illustrations reflect the feelings of the characters and the setting.?Jessie Meudell, California Polytechnic University at Pomona

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 February)
K-Gr 3-Joe Fox wonderfully narrates Eve Bunting's (Clarion Books, 1994) tender story of Francisco and his abuelo, grandfather, looking for work as day laborers. Abuelo doesn't speak English, so Francisco joins him as translator. However, Francisco's desire for work leads to a lie, which causes trouble for him and his grandfather. In the end, Francisco and listeners learn a powerful lesson. Youngsters will also get a glimpse into the world of modern immigration and labor. The narration complrments the story with a gentle tone and change of voice for each character. Page-turn signals and musical interludes that express the characters' Mexican heritage are included on one side of the cassette. The book and tape may have to be repackaged since the carry along bag may not be sturdy enough for library circulation.-April R. Mazza, Wayland Free Public Library, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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