Monday, January 3, 2011

Book of the Month - El Chino

IB Learner Profile:  Independence     IB Attributes:  Commitment, Confidence, Thinker
(Learner profile and attributes that are demonstrated by the character in the book.  We want students to to demonstrate these attributes.)

Our Principal's Book of the Month is "El Chino" by Allen Say.  A biography of Bong Way "Billy" Wong, a Chinese American and the famous first Chinese Matador in Spain.  Billy always remembered his father's words:  "In America, you can be anything you want to be."  On his first vacation to Europe, Billy was enchanted by Spain and what he saw there, especially the bull fights.  He decided he would become a Spanish Matador.  "Ah Senor...Only the Spainards can become true matadors."  A Chinese bull fighter?!  No one had ever heard or seen of such a matador!  What must Billy overcome and how does he do it? 

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