The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

The Circuit Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child These independent but intertwined stories follow a migrant family through their circuit from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots and back again over a number of years As it moves from

  • Title: The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
  • Author: Francisco Jiménez
  • ISBN: 9780826317971
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • These independent but intertwined stories follow a migrant family through their circuit, from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots and back again over a number of years As it moves from one labor camp to the next, the little family of four grows into ten Impermanence and poverty define their lives But with faith, hope, and back breaking work, the familThese independent but intertwined stories follow a migrant family through their circuit, from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots and back again over a number of years As it moves from one labor camp to the next, the little family of four grows into ten Impermanence and poverty define their lives But with faith, hope, and back breaking work, the family endures.

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    1. برای من که هر داستانی که مربوط به کودک کارگر و مهاجر باشه جذابه این کتاب می‌تونست فوق‌العاده باشه چون گوینده‌ی داستان‌ها یک بچه‌ی مکزیکیه که با خانواده‌ش غیرقانونی از مرز رد شده و تو آمریکا کارگر فصلیه و مدرسه‌ی نصفه و نیمه‌ای می‌ره تا بتونه کار کنه. کتاب در واقع زندگینا [...]

    2. Samira lopesI just finished reading The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez. it’s a fiction book of a young boy named Francisco and his family. The theme of this book is “ sometimes it takes the things that you never expected to get what you want”. This book is about a seven year old boy named Francisco and his family. Francisco’s Mexican family consists of him, his older brother Roberto, his mother, and father. His family is from El Rancho Blanco and doesn’t have a wealthy life so they immi [...]

    3. The CircuitThe Circuit has stories from the life of an immigrant child. It is an autobiographical novel by Francisco Jimenez based in part on his journey from Mexico to the United States of America.The book is narrated from the child’s point of view and follows the life of young Panchito and his family as they move from one location to another to harvest crops in the United States. This book give me a lot of new words in English. I think the people should be read this book , because the story [...]

    4. I've never read anything that was as close to my own family's immigrant experience as this. My father wasn't a migrant farmer, but the work ethic of Panchito's parents is so similar to my dad's. And Panchito's experience going to school and learning English so mirrored my experience that it was almost uncanny. So many things about this book reminded me of being seven and new in this country.

    5. This book is an autobiography of a child of migrant farm workers. Francisco Jimenez crosses the border with his family and does his best to adapt as they move from labor camp to labor camp. It traces his time both at school and at home, and ends with a powerful scene in which he is studying the Declaration and Independence when “la migra” comes to his school to pick up him and his older brother, who has finally gotten a job working there as a janitor. This book would be great for any young a [...]

    6. I loved this book so much it made me return to after a long absence just because I wanted to tell people about it. I don't want to raise expectations too much because maybe not everyone would love it, but I do. It's an autobiographical novel written by Francisco Jimenez who is currently a professor at Santa Clara University but who was born in Mexico and came to California with his family as migrant farm laborers. It is poignant, moving, and eye-opening without being depressing. It affirms the [...]

    7. This is a lovely collection of bitter sweet stories about the experiences of a family of Mexican Migrant workers in California.

    8. After being hounded by a few students to read this book, I have finally taken it upon myself to do so. I understand fully why so many of my ESL/ELL students made the recommendation. First, Jimenez speaks to the reality of going to school as a non-native language speaker. The fear, the frustration, the sense of incompetence. While Francisco was from Mexico, his story spoke to my students from all over the world. Further, his dance with poverty and endless cycle of looking for work and safe shelte [...]

    9. The book "The Circuit", is a really good book about a migrant child who comes to the USA illegally, and is now facing the troubles as an immigrant.This is a book with many short stories.I personally think that this book is really sad and the ending is. my opinion really strong and powerful.This book is mostly kind of "challenging", because it has a lot of challenging words in spanish and I did have to search up some words on google to find its meaning (LOL).I would recommend this book to anybody [...]

    10. This book would be one of my favorites in my bookshelf.I enjoyed and thrilled reading this story.Panchito illegally crossed the border between America and Mexico with his parents and 2 brothers. They struggled making money and surviving with the big family working at the several crop fields. This story was sort of making me think about the education is one of the ways to make a change in our lives. Gladly I now study in college and have an opportunity to obtain my thrived future hopefully. Anyho [...]

    11. Este libro muestra muchos ejemplos como una persona que no sepa la misma idioma cuand0 llegan en otro pias. CuandoPanchito llega a los Estados Unidos, el tiene que ir a la esscuela pero el no sabe nada de ingles. Si yo fuera Panchito yo estaria triste porque es muy deficil aprender una idioma nueva y tambien empezar la ecuela con solo hablando español. Una cosa que me impacto es que el tenia la misma problema como mi mama. Mi mama vino a los Estados Unidos desde Ecuador cuando tenia 13 años y [...]

    12. "Cajas De Carton" or "The circuit" is a autobiographical novel by Francisco Jimenez that narrates Francisco's life as a illegal immigrant with his parents I rate this book a 5 out 5 because it is really good and motivational.The book has many different settings and repeats them multiple times a few of the settings are the cotton camps strawberry camps that Francisco and his family have to travel to make money as they travel from camp to camp trying to make a stable income. Also, the parents have [...]

    13. This book by Francisco Jimenez is 12 stories about his childhood. The story begins with young Francisco leaving Mexico to migrate with his family to the United States. The stories tell about his life as a migrant worker working the back breaking circuit. The circuit is what migrant workers do as they follow the crops from farm to farm to pick the various fruits and vegetables. The stories from his childhood range from sad to funny to heartbreaking. The stories tell many interesting aspects of hi [...]

    14. “The Circuit-stories from the life of a migrant child” is a magnificent book that describes the difficult childhood of an innocent kid. The story came from a family that moved from Mexico to United States. Two parents and three brothers compose the beginning of the book. Francisco Jimenez, the second of the brothers and the author of the book explains how is live without a permanent home and currently money. With hope to have a better life, lives this family. Logos, pathos, and ethos appeal [...]

    15. This book is a fiction book about a boy named Francisco and his family and all thetroubles that they had to go through just to be able to some what survive in this world in some ofthe worst possible ways that someone can live under. The book goes to show what an immigrantfamily will do just to survive a example of this is how the mom, dad, and Roberto his older brother work picking cotton and strawberry having to move consistently from labor camp to labor camp for years. In search of a better li [...]

    16. As a short story collection, it's one of the strongest I've read. As a novel, it's a bit disjointed. Many of the short stories, such as "Inside Out" are acknowledged classics. Others, such as "Christmas Gift" and "Learning the Game," are underappreciated gems. A few, such as "Under the Wire" and "Soldedad" are just okay.At his best, Jimenez' style is restrained and focused. Images are chosen carefully and used with impact. Small details are symbolic of the entire passage. It is clear from its ex [...]

    17. The content about life as migrant workers stands in stark contrast to the conditions described in Esperanza Rising. Living in barns. Living in shacks where they covered the floor with card board. Strapping the one family mattress to the top of the car every time they moved from one camp to another. The struggle to learn in just a few months of school every year and one missed opportunity after another. (from )Pages I marked with unfamiliar cultural info - Cantinflas - a movie character I've hear [...]

    18. Grade/Interest Level: Upper Elementary, Middle SchoolLexile Leve: 880LGenre: Autobiography, Multicultural LitMain Characters: Panchito, mother, father, brothersSetting: California POV: Panchito This book is a collection of short stories that follows the life Francisco’s family. They have illegally crossed the border from Mexico to search for a better life. The family does manual labor on various fields for a number of years. The stories are told through Francisco’s (Panchito) eyes. We are to [...]

    19. the circuit tells the story of Francisco Jimenez and his family. A terrified big family that wants to create a better life in California. the book is set in Mexico and a work place near California, where immigrant workers would go to get paid. wanting nothing more than for his family to have a better life, Francisco must help work, even though he has school work. doing everything possible to help out his family, working, studying, babysitting, Francisco helps out anyway he possibly can. the book [...]

    20. This slim volume packs an extraordinary emotional punch. The stories Jimenez relates are autobiographical, depicting the life he and his family led as migrant workers in 1940s California. Told from the perspective of the second son in a strong, loving family, the stories carry the reader through about eight years of working “the circuit.” What I particularly like about the book is that while Jimenez doesn’t sugarcoat the difficulties of this life, he doesn’t dwell on the negatives, eithe [...]

    21. Main Characters: Francisco, Mama, Papa, and RobertoSetting: various areas in CaliforniaPOV: 1st person- FranciscoSummary:In this book, Francisco describe the hardships and struggles him and his family faced as they emigrated from Mexico to California to find work in the fields. Francisco shares the experiences of finding work, being frequently displaced, as well as being underpaid and mistreated migrant workers. Throughout this piece of literature, Francisco and his family have problems back to [...]

    22. I read this for my class on Boys and Literacy. I plan to pair this non-fiction book with the fiction book, Crossing the Wire, by Will Hobbs, that I recently read. This book, Circuit, is a small book of short stories from the life of a migrant child in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The stories are interesting and very eye opening. This migrant child eventually grew up to be a professor of modern languages at Santa Clara University, but his early years as the child of illegal migrant farm worker [...]

    23. The stories told by Jiménez are all too close to those of my own family. To read the hardship and despair that his family faced was at times too much for me. I was very emotional reading his words because his accounts were truly very close to home. This book took me longer to read than it should have simply because there was too much emotion falling from the pages. To grow up as he did and to be able to over come so much was incredible. To all the families who have had to go through hardships l [...]

    24. I read this one during library school as a *diversity read*. It was a great story about a boy who is a migrant laborer. The most moving part of the story is Fransisco in the fields practicing his English from a tiny notepad that he kept in his pocket while he picked in the fields with his family. Many kids in my neighborhood library have had to read this over the summer, and I love putting it in the hands of kids who have lived this experience and in those for whom this will be the only glimpse [...]

    25. I liked the book I think what happens next is going to be in the other book called breaking through which I already read last year in my fifth grade class. I liked the book so much and I would like to get one of those again. It's good that Francisco dad trusted him that he can be responsible to do the cotton thing. But it was sad that in the end the immigration gets Francisco and Roberto. The good thing is that Roberto got a good jobs at the end.

    26. I want to rate this memoir of a childhood spent picking grapes, cotton, and vegetables as a Mexican illegal in California with a 5, and I still might after I read the sequels. It is well written and embellished, with well chosen, concrete images at every turn. Gritty and inspiring, it is a page turner. The ending is abrupt (I won't spoil it), so I want to continue into the next volume before making a final judgment.

    27. Immigrants are known to be all over the United States nowadays and this is a story of one of them. The book is about a child who immigrated with his family at a young age. Its about his struggle of learning a foreign language. As time passes the family starts to grow and as the seasons change they move to a new location to work.

    28. I didn't know what to expect with this book (recommended by one of my students), so I was pleasantly surprised by how impactful it is. Though it is categorized as fiction, it reads like a memoir of a young, Mexican, migrant worker who tries to make a better life for himself and his family in California. Poignant is the best word to describe Jiminez's narrative.

    29. I love this book because it talks about an immigrant who crossed the border with is family when he was 4 or 5 years old. and it also tell you that when he was little he had a very hard life and had to go work in the feilds.

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