Carlos' first day at school differs from those of other fictional six-year-olds chiefly in the tortillas he has for...

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CARLOS GOES TO SCHOOL

Carlos' first day at school differs from those of other fictional six-year-olds chiefly in the tortillas he has for breakfast and the taco he swaps for a peanut butter sandwich at lunch: apprehensive on the school bus, daydreamy in the classroom, Carlos makes a friend in the lunch room and plays with him later in the gym. Anderson does however manage a few specifics (Carlos' improperly buttoned sweater and his embarrassment about it) and some neat observations (""The gym is a place, if you don't have the right kind of shoes, you get to play in stocking feet"") so that others like Carlos who are anticipating the same ordeal will find it easy to identify. Berson puts a lot of smiles and bright colored clothing on the children, but Carlos and his blond friend both look unsuitably old for first graders and all those ties seem out of place on the school bus even for the first day of school.

Pub Date: March 15, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Warne

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1973