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The author of the book: Juan Felipe Herrera
Edition: Children's Book Press
Date of issue: June 25th 2004
ISBN: 0892391952
ISBN 13: 9780892391950
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 540 KB
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Tomasito has a difficult time making friends because he has spina bifida. To show that he is not the only one who is different, Papi buys Tomasito a featherless bird that also has a leg deformity. One day, Tomasito’s classmate Marlena asks him to join the Fresno Flyers soccer team. After Tomasito shows the coach that he can use his head to hit the ball, the coach lets him play. In his first game he almost makes two goals by hitting the ball with his head. After having a dream that he could fly, Tomasito tries to stand up on his own but his back gives out. Tomasito explains that he just wants his bird, Desplumado, to fly, but Papi knows that Tomasito is really talking about himself. He reminds Tomasito that he can already fly because he is on the Fresno Flyers. Finally, after scoring a goal in the next game to help the team win, Tomasito tells Desplumado that he can fly too because there are many ways to fly.

Written from Tomasito’s point of view, Featherless depicts what life is like for children with spina bifida or for those who have to use a wheelchair. Furthermore, the book portrays things that children who use a wheelchair experience, such as using a chair lift to get on the bus or not being able to play with others at recess. However, as Tomasito plays soccer by using his head, the story shows that even those with disabilities can participate in sports and other physical activities. Therefore, the story sends the message that just because someone has a disability doesn’t mean they can’t do something, it just means they may do it differently.

Yet, not only does the story give persons with disabilities a voice, but it gives a Mexican American child with a disability a voice. This is important, because there is a significant lack of books that have a Latino character with a disability. Thus, this book would especially matter for Latino/a children with physical disabilities because they would be able to see someone who looks like them and to whom they can relate. Additionally, the book is written in both English and Spanish so the book is accessible to children who speak either language.

On the other hand, the book does include some stereotypes. First, the sport that Tomasito plays is soccer, which perpetuates the idea that the only sport Mexicans play is soccer. Secondly, as Tomasito and his dad live in a trailer, the story includes the stereotype that Mexicans are poor. Yet, the story also breaks down a couple stereotypes. For instance, the book shows that both boys and girls can play sports, as Marlena is the one that asks Tomasito to play on the team. Furthermore, the trope of the single mother is disrupted because the only parent that is visible throughout the story is Tomasito’s dad, which implies that he is a single dad.

This book is part of the Larissa Gerstel Collection at American University located at

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Ebook Featherless/Desplumado read Online! Juan Felipe Herrera is the only son of Lucha Quintana and Felipe Emilio Herrera; the three were campesinos living from crop to crop on the roads of the San Joaquín Valley, Southern California and the Salinas Valley. Herrera's experiences as the child of migrant farmers have strongly shaped his work, such as the children's book Calling the Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats award in 1997. He is a poet, performer, writer, cartoonist, teacher, and activist who draws from real life experiences as well as years of education to inform his work. Community and art has always been part of what has driven Herrera, beginning in the mid-seventies, when he was director of the Centro Cultural de la Raza, an occupied water tank in Balboa Park converted into an arts space for the community.
Herrera’s publications include fourteen collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children in the last decade with twenty-one books in total.

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