Benjamin and the Word/Benjamin y La Palabra

Author(s) Daniel A. Olivas
Illustrator(s) Don Dyen
Age Group 5-8
Publisher Pinata Books
ISBN 978-1558856875
Year 2011

While Benjamin waits for his father to pick him up from school, he doesn't hear the screams of the kids playing dodge ball on the playground. The only thing he hears is, "a word. The word." Earlier that day, Benjamin beat his friend James while playing handball, and James retaliated by calling Benjamin "the word." When confronted with James' epithet, Benjamin sets off on a poignant journey to understanding and forgiveness. This book is bilingual (English and Spanish).