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A Day's Work

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3.5/5 (8 valoraciones)
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21 página
10 minutos
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Publicado:
Nov 18, 2004
ISBN:
9780547768670
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Francisco is a young Mexican-American boy whose grandfather has just immigrated to the United States. Now, he is trying to help his grandfather find work as a gardener. The hard part is that his grandfather doesn’t speak any English, and he doesn’t know anything about gardening.

Francisco and his grandfather do their best to come across as experienced workers. When he lies about their skills, they manage to get a job. Unfortunately, Francisco knows even less about gardening than his grandfather. Their boss checks in on their work only to find that they’ve pulled up all the plants and left the weeds behind. Tomorrow, they must come back and fix what they did.

A Day’s Work is written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ronald Himler. In this children’s book, readers learn the importance of being honest, working hard, owning your mistakes, and being understanding of one another as we face new obstacles.

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Nov 18, 2004
ISBN:
9780547768670
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Sobre el autor

Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York.


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  • (5/5)
    Summary: A little boy named Francisco is waiting with his grandfather trying to get work for the day ( they are day workers). Francisco is helping his grandpa because he doesn't speak English. A man comes to hire a gardener. Francisco lies to him and tells hims that his grandfather can do it even tough his grandfather is a carpenter not a gardener. They get hired to pull some weeds but pull the plants and leave the weeds instead because neither of them know how the plants. When the boss comes back he is very mad but Grandpa offers to comeback tomorrow to replant the plants and pull the weeds. Francisco is upset but then the boss offers to hire them for more than just one day because he thinks Granpa is an honest hardworking man. Review: I really liked this book. I think it really reflects the experiences of day workers in a respectful way. I also think it teaches and important lesson about what really is important in life. The book is well written. The story is authentic and pictures are really artistic. They fit the mood of the book. I liked that the characters were very real. Even the boss man who could really easily have been turned into a villain ended up doing something very human.
  • (4/5)
    "The important things your grandfather already knows." This book teaches about the eventual consequences of what may seem like harmless lies. To incorporate this book in the classroom, I'd add a compare and contrast activity to Bible stories about people lying (Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Esau, Ananias and Sapphira). It might be fun to do some reverse role-playing, where you would switch a truth for a lie (or a lie for a truth) and play out the consequences (Daniel, David, Peter, Adam and Eve).
  • (3/5)
    A boy names Francisco and his grandfather go in hopes of finding a job one Saturday morning. A man yells out looking for gardeners, and Francisco tells the man that his grandfather is a fine gardener. So, they hop in the truck and head to work. They are dropped off to weed the bank. Francisco tells the grandfathers its easy and begins to show him what to do. It seems easy enough until the man comes back noticing that Francisco lied. They had done everything wrong. The grandfathers tells him we needed work. We do not have to lie for work. They do everything they can to make it better. So, they took their Sunday to fix their mistake. Then, the boss man says that he will find work for the grandfather, because he is a good man. Perfect way to teach children that there are consequences when you lie. It also teaches children how to act in situations such as the grandfather.
  • (4/5)
    This book is interesting because it incorporates Spanish. The book is about a grandpa who cannot speak English but he is looking for work. The grandson loves the Lakers and ends up finding a gardening position for the day. They end up doing the wrong work and the little boy becomes very upset. However, everything ends up okay in the end and they head home.
  • (5/5)
    Genre: Realistic FictionThis book fits the genre of realistic fiction because it presents events that could happen in real life.I would use this book to:1. teach students about the challenges people who immigrate to a new country face.2. teach students about character development.Summary: A boy named Francisco, his grandfather and a few other men wait outside a parking lot lot for a car to come by and ask for workers. When a man arrives looking for one worker to do garden work, Francisco tells the man to take him and his grandfather. The man accepts and Francisco and his grandfather jump onto the man's van. Once they arrive at the job site, the man tells Francisco that they need to clean the weeds from a bank. Francisco translates for his grandfather and they get to work. After a long day of work, the man arrives to pick them up and to his surprise, Francisco and his grandfather did the job wrong. The man tells Francisco that he thought his grandfather knew about gardening and Francisco's grandfather gets mad a him for lying to the man. The man allows Francisco and his grandfather to return the next day to fix the garden and even offers them a stable job.Media: watercolor and gouache Critique:"A Day's Work" is a great example of realistic fiction because it presents events that do happen in real life. For example, like Francisco, some children may have a grandparent who they help by translating for them. Also, there may also be students who, like Francisco, come from a low socio-economic background and try to help their parents financially by working.
  • (4/5)
    Available on audio; Author also wrote The Wall, Smoky Night, Going Home, Night Tree, Fly Away Home.
  • (5/5)
    "A Day's Work," is an excellent story by Eve Bunting. What I liked most about the book was that the principles of honesty and integrity were the stories central message. In an effort to get a days work, Francisco lied to a man and told him that his grandfather, who doesn't speak English, was an experienced gardner. When they didn't do a good job gardening, their employer realized that he was lied to. Francisco's grandfather, who is portrayed as an honorable man, apologizes and says they will make it right the next day and won't accept their pay until they do. Their employer appreciates the grandfathers integrity and willingness to fix his mistake, and says he may have more work for a "good man" like him in the future. The employer says, "The important things your grandfather knows already. And I can teach him gardening." The young boy Francisco, recognizes the mistake he made and learns multiple valuable life lessons in the process.
  • (4/5)
    Genre: Realistic Fiction. Characterization: The grandfather in the story was a static character in this integrity does not change and becasue of this his grandson learns a lesson about working. Media: Watercolor and gouache
  • (5/5)
    This book was very good. It is about a young boy whose grandfather arrives in California. His grandfather doesn't know any English so Francisco speaks to him in spanish. Some words in the book are in spanish so it is a good learning tool to learn some spanish. The book goes on to where Francisco is trying to get his grandfather work. They end up finding a job of gardening and Francisco tells the man that they are very good and gardening. When Benjamin comes back to pick them up he sees that they picked the wrong thing up. They picked the flowers instead of the weeds. The grandfather realizes his grandson told a lie and tells the man they will work tomorrow to fix the problem and will not take pay. The little boy learns a lesson.
  • (4/5)
    A boy and his grandfather move into the states not speaking English. The little boy lies to help his grandfather find a job. This book has a good moral. We can teach children not to lie and always say the truth.
  • (5/5)
    Realistic fiction: Great story about a young Mexican boy who wants to help his grandpa find a job for the day. They both wake up at six and stood in a parking lot with more men also looking for a job. Many men asked the grandpa why he brought a boy to work and that no one would hire him because of that. Well they were wrong. A van pulled up with a gardening sign on it and a man stepped out saying he only need one. They boy went up to him and said that him and his grandpa would work for the price of one, but his grandpa didn't know English so the boy was the translator. The man agreed and off they went. Once they got to the garden the grandpa said he was a carpenter and knew nothing about gardens. The man told them he would pick them up at 3, they had to pull out all the weeds. The boy and the grandpa got to work. At the 3 the man came back but only to find out that they had pulled all the flowers and left the weeds. At first the man was angry but, then he said it was part his fault for not showing them what to do. The grandpa was upset/mad at the boy for lying to the man saying they knew how to garden, he offed to come back the next day to replant the flowers and pull the weeds. The man agreed and would pick them up at 6 again. The boy had to apologize, he was trying so hard to get his grandpa a job that he lied. The boy learned a valuble life lesson, telling a lie could get one in trouble.
  • (4/5)
    The situation, language, and images brought me back to San Diego, and prompted me to revisit the topic of illegal immigration and to discuss it with my son. Bunting portrays a completely realistic day for an immigrant who is most likely illegal, but maybe not. He's definitely paid under the table, hangs out waiting to be picked up, so most likely he IS. He's certainly exploited like an illegal immigrant. However, the message of the story is that honesty and integrity are more important than a day's pay; the abuelo actually says that one should never LIE to get work. But.... ?

    Bunting is so good at bringing real-life, diverse issues into your home. I enjoyed the conversation about character and politics with my 10-year-old most of all.
  • (5/5)
    A grandson helps his grandfather find work in America despite him only being able to speak Spanish. The boy lies and says his grandfather knows how to garden, and they end up digging up the plants instead of the weeds in the field. This would be a good book for a lesson on lying. Because they lied they had to do extra work to make the correction.
  • (3/5)
    Good to read because it talked about children from a different cultures. It would be good to read to older students because you could get into what cultural barriers. But it also shoes how Fanciso is honest and he explains how lying is wrong.
  • (4/5)
    This is good story that has a sense of real life to it. The boy Francisco learns a valuable lesson about honesty and hard work. It is a good book to read to older children, or let them read to you.
  • (5/5)
    I LOVE this book. It teaches to do a job to the best of your ability, be honest and shows a grandpa mentoring his grandson in these traits. Love it.
  • (1/5)
    This book shows a skewed view of what it is like to be a migrant worker. There are too many stereotypes and negative images.
  • (4/5)
    A little boy helps his grandpa, who does not speak English well, find work. He helps by lying though, saying his grandpa is a good gardener when he is not. The boy and grandpa where asked to clear out all the weeds in a field, but instead clear out everything else and leave the weeds because they think that the weeds are flowers. The grandpa and the boy fix their mess in the end, but it costs them an extra day's work. The book shows the value and importance of telling the truth. Genre: Realistic FictionAge(s): 6-10