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Cajas De Carton/ The Circuit : Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child [Spanish Edition] (Spanish) Paperback – September 30, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 30, 2002)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0618226168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618226160
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received both his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is now the chairman of the Modern Languages and Literature Department at Santa Clara University, the setting of much of his newest novel, Reaching Out. He is the award-winning author of The Circuit, Breaking Through, and La Mariposa. He lives with his family in Santa Clara, California.

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We all agree that it very easy to read.
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As a student of Spanish, I read the Spanish version, which with a Spanish/English dictionary, was a good reading level for an intermediate Spanish student.
papafromnh
Narration style is straightforward, vocabulary is basic, and story is easy to follow (yet compelling).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Substance P on April 23, 2011
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As someone who minored in Spanish in college and who doesn't want to lose fluency completely, I read a couple Spanish novels every year. Most recently, I read the brief, entertaining, and insightful Cajas de Cartón. I would recommend it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Benito on November 23, 2005
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Este conjunto de cuentos , es un verdadero deleite para cualquier lector y especialmente para los inmigrantes latinoamericanos que llegan a los EEUU a esforzarse y donde tiene que adaptarse a una nueva realidad. Francisco Jimenez, expresa y nos revela la realidad de los trabajadores de la tierra desde la vision de su ninez , sin perder la inociencia y relatandonos la realidad. Muy estimulantes cuentos, ahora continuare con el siguiente libro de Francisco Jimenez, orgullo latino!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erin Swenson-healey on December 5, 2010
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An excellent read for an intermediate-level (third-year?) Spanish student. Narration style is straightforward, vocabulary is basic, and story is easy to follow (yet compelling). Highly recommended by this little gabachino.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MAVOURNEEN on September 10, 2011
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I read this in my adult Spanish class. It's the first in a series of 3, and you should read them in chronical order: 1) Cajas de carton, 2)Senderos fronterizos, & 3) Más allá de mi. What struggles, disappointments and sacrifices this family makes! All 3 books are wonderful. This child is a miracle in the making.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Z on November 29, 2010
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Francisco Jimenez's autobiographical account of his working in the fields with his father and brother as a youth allows the readers to see the importance of family, and the impact that a good, caring teacher can have on the lives of students. Although his life was difficult and his family had little money, Jimenez's story is filled with hope and inspiration; he spoke little or no English when he came to the U.S. but became a renowned college professor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By papafromnh on April 15, 2011
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As a student of Spanish, I read the Spanish version, which with a Spanish/English dictionary, was a good reading level for an intermediate Spanish student. In any language this is a great book. It tells the story of the author's life as the child of migrant workers. It relates not only the family's struggles but the great love and strength of the family as as they worked together to survive and obtain a better life. Don't miss the sequel Senderos Fronterizos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda K. Southwick on October 15, 2009
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"Un día nosotros vamos a cruzar la frontera." Eso es que la madre de Fernando dije a él cuando casi todos en su pueblo cruzaron la frontera a los estados unidos. Su familia es muy pobre y tenía 3 niños y 2 padres para dar comida. Cuando ellos legan a los estados unidos no tenían trabajo para 2 semanas. No se vi como pueden vivir sin eso moneda. Su familia recoger algodón en campos los del sur de California.
Imagina viviendo en un país y no pueden hablar el lenguaje nacional. En escuela, no entender su maestra hablando a los otros niños. En los corredores, los niños riendo atrás de su espalda. Los niños siempre ser intimidando a ti. Ir a escuela con ropa de segunda mano. Eso es la vida de Fernando Jiménez.
Me gusta el me gusta el libro mucho, es muy interesante. Sentí que era allí con Fernando cuando cruzó la frontera y sus situaciones en la escuela. Era un poquito triste cuando terminaron ese libro. El libro es un poquito raro pero soy feliz para leer el segundo en esa serie. ¿Sabes de qué es el próximo libro?
-Ellie Punnett
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book concierge on March 8, 2012
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This slim volume packs an extraordinary emotional punch. The stories Jimenez relates are autobiographical, depicting the life he and his family led as migrant workers in 1940s California. Told from the perspective of the second son in a strong, loving family, the stories carry the reader through about eight years of working "the circuit."

What I particularly like about the book is that while Jimenez doesn't sugarcoat the difficulties of this life, he doesn't dwell on the negatives, either. Yes, we suffer with the family when they cannot afford medical care for a seriously ill child, the father is injured on the job, or people take advantage of their circumstances. But what is more memorable to me is the enjoyment in reading about the pleasure of exploring a new setting, of inventing games to play, of laughing with your friends or family, of learning new skills, of achieving goals. I think it is an accurate depiction of how children see the world and their place in it. Jimenez was wise to choose this voice for his stories. I could not help but think of my father, or of cousins who "picked cherries every summer." I cried, I laughed; I loved this family.

The ending is a kick to the stomach and I sat stunned for a few moments ... looking at the last two blank pages and the back cover in disbelief that the book had ended. I know there is a sequel and I will definitely read it.
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