Do I Belong Here/¿Es este mi lugar?

Arte Publico Pr. May 2023. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781558859685. BL.
Gr 1-4–René goes to school for the first time and is very confused. He is trying to find his classroom, but the teachers and students don’t speak Spanish. When he arrives, he tries to understand what is being asked of him and takes the tests he is given, but is laughed at and gets a big red F. He feels like he doesn’t belong. With time, his Spanish-speaking friend Carlos and his soccer-loving friend Robert help him with his assignments and play with him at school. He thinks that maybe he belongs. As even more time passes, he is able to start reading and writing in English. His class cheers for him when he aces his spelling test. He finally feels as if he really does belong. When a new classmate joins the school only knowing Spanish, he reassures her that with time, she, too, will belong.
VERDICT A bilingual text that offers an empathetic look at how immigrant children start to learn little by little, and adapt to their surroundings and friends.

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