Armando and the
Blue Tarp School
by Judith Josephson
and Edith Fine
(Lee & Low Books, 2007)
A truck horn sounds through Armando's colonia, his neighborhood, near the city dump. Señor David is back, setting up school on a blue tarp spread on the ground. Oh, how Armando longs to go to this school, but he knows he must help his father pick through trash in the dump for things his family can use, recycle, or sell.
When Armando's parents at last decide to let him spend afternoons at Señor David's school, Armando is overjoyed. He'll learn to read and write. He'll learn numbers. Best of all, he'll draw pictures. And one momentous day Armando's love of drawing helps bring an almost unimaginable treasure to the children of the colonia.
Told with honesty and hope, Armando and the Blue Tarp School is a testament to the pursuit of dreams and the power of one person to make a difference in the lives of others.
Armando and the Blue Tarp School was nominated for a 2009-2010 California Young Reader medal.
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One Book, One San Diego's Tenth Anniversary
To help celebrate One Book, One San Diego's tenth anniversary, we recently did an author presentation on ourArmando and the Blue Tarp School at Dool Elementary, Calexico. Students did awesome projects. Great, engaged kids and warm, kind teachers. Thanks, KPBS!
Some of the many Armando projects created by third graders at Dool Elementary, Calexico in connection with our author presentation for Armando and the Blue Tarp School.