Summary: Although he tries to do exactly as his mother tells him, foolish
Juan Bobo keeps getting things all wrong (Verson 2000).
Type: Realistic - because it could have happened.
Characters: Juan Bobo - means "simple John" is very simple and dense. He is
hardworking and eager to please his mama, he just doesn't use his common sense.
Setting: The setting is established in the first paragraph, "In the highlands of
Puerto Rico..." It never really mentions a time, so I believe this could happen anywhere, anytime. The straw hat,
peasant clothes, sombrero's, and the mountains give away the Latino culture.
Plot: Juan Bobo goes to work each day to help out his mama. Each day
he tries to bring home his "payment" by remembering what his mama told him. He does exactly as she says, but something
always goes wrong. In the end, he does not intentionally make a girl laugh, but her father repays him by making sure
Juan and his mom has a nice ham dinner every Sunday.
Theme: A good, kind heart always wins in the end, no matter what happens.