In the story Taco Head by Viola Canales, is about a girl who wants to fit in, she is embarrassed because she knew people in her school called Mexican Americans names . Some people may think Taco Head by Viola Canales is about a girl who is ashamed of her culture, but it’s really about be who you want to be and don’t be embarrassed about things you enjoy.
To begin with, the story Taco Head is about not being embarrassed about things you enjoy. In the beginning Sophia was self conscious about her tacos and it wasn’t that she didn’t like them it was because she was embarrassed about what people thought of them. For example on page 1 paragraph 1, the text says, “‘ Mama, can I please have some lunch money too, or a sandwich instead?” Sophie is clearly wants to fit in. Another example was on page 1 paragraph 2, the text says, “ It was that some kids called all Mexican Americans beaners, so the last thing I needed was to stand out like a big stupid sign.” As you can see Sophia is embarrassed of the things she enjoys.
Next, Taco Head is about not being embarrassed about things you enjoy. Sophia can’t really stand up for herself. For example on page 1 paragraph 6, the text says, “‘ I wa stunned stupid. She grabbed the bag. ‘ Taco head! Taco head!’ she yelled.”’ This makes me think that Sophie Is scared and wasn’t able to defend herself. Another example was on page 2 paragraph 2, the text says, “‘ Here Sophia,” she said as she pulled out the chair beside her. ‘ Everyone else was begging me to sit with me , but I said no, that I was saving this chair for you.’ I sat down feeling sick, and nervous . ‘ How about we trade.’” Coach Clarke is teaching Sophia to be proud of her culture. This shows that Sophia is getting more confident about the things she enjoys.
Finally, Taco Head is about being proud of who you are. Sophia is getting less embarrassed about her culture. For example on page 3 paragraph 2, the text says, “‘ She also told me ‘ Part of kicking that girl is to eat your tacos proudly, and right in the middle of the cafeteria.’” Sophia now is getting more confident about her food and doesn’t care what other people think of her. Another example was on page 3 paragraph 3, the text says, “ It wasn’t long after my lunches with Coach Clarke that some other Mexican Americans kids started eating their food out in the open too. And sometimes when I pulled out my lunch, I got offers to trade for sandwiches. But I always ate both my tacos before heading off to the library.” This proves that now Sophia doesn’t care what other people think of her, now she always does what she enjoys.
To sum up, Taco head by Va Canales iola Canales is about a girl who at first was embarrassed about her culture, but got more confident. I learned to be myself and not care about what people think of me, I hope you have learned something from this book too.