TITLE: Alex and Alejandro
GENRE: Chapter Book
I know when it’s coming now, every day at the same time, the “ Alex stop fidgeting” from my teacher. Ever since Bobby moved to Chicago, I’ve been fidgeting more. Mom says it’s because I’m bored.
Miss Higgninbottom rose from her seat as I squirmed in my chair. She looked at me, at the classroom door, and then back at me as the door opened. Principal Miller entered through the doorway with a new kid. The kid has dark skin, black hair and his eyes looked like two pieces of candy. Not like Skittles. More like the chocolate candy Mom gets from Dad in heart shaped boxes on Valentines days.
I could tell it was coming. She was going to tell me to stop fidgeting I knew it.
“¡Buena dìas,” she said. “That’s Spanish.”
Great, now she’s telling me to stop fidgeting in another language.
“¡Buena dìas means good morning in Spanish,” Ms. Higginbottom explained. “Class, can you say it to our new student Alejandro?”
We all said “¡Buena dìas,” but not as good as Ms. Higginbottom did.
She clutched the new kid by the shoulders, holding him like a trophy. “Alejandro and his family come from Mexico; he is bilingual, which means he speaks both English and Spanish.”
The new kid wiggled as she went on and on about Mexico. She didn’t loosen her grip the whole time.
Alejandro would you like to tell the class how old you are in your native language?” Ms. Higginbottom asked.
“Ocho,” he said.
“Ocho means eight,” she explained.