La Mariposa

Author(s) Francisco Jimenez
Illustrator(s) Simon Silva
Age Group 4-8
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN 978-0618073177
Year 2000

Francisco, an immigrant from Mexico and the son of migrant workers, has difficulty adjusting to first grade in a new school because he doesn't speak English and, to make matters worse, the class bully seems to have it in for him. Francisco becomes fascinated with a jar containing a caterpillar and fantasizes about flying out of the classroom like a butterfly and back to his Papa in the fields. Francisco’s interest in butterflies also inspires a drawing that earns Francisco a prize and the respect of his classmates.