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Editorial Reviews


"a lovely story of a cross-cultural friendship." -- From Elizabeth Ward, Washington Post Book World, January 6, 2008

Jacqueline Jules' newest picture book,No English,is a must for young readers. . . . Once again Jules has told a story in simple terms that has profound meaning. -- Janie Franz, MyShelf.Com January 3, 2008

Recommended for libraries and schools to aid in reaching across language barriers. . . .This could be used to start class discussions about diversity and could lead to discussions on all sorts of diversity within the school and community. -- Tasha Saecker, Kids Lit January 3, 2008 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jacqueline Jules is an elementary school librarian at Timber Lane Elementary in Fairfax County, Virginia. One of her former students inspired the character of Blanca in this story. Like all school librarians, Jacqueline loves reading and talking about children's literature. She is the author of seven other books for children including a picture book series about a giant mythological bird called the Ziz. The latest title in that series is The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle. Jules has also written poems and stories that have appeared in numerous publications including Cicada, Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, and Highlights Magazine. The mother of two grown sons, she lives in Arlington, Virginia, as an empty nester with her husband, Alan.

Amy Huntington lives with her husband in an old farmhouse in Williston, Vermont. She attended Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, The University of Florida, and graduated from The University of Vermont.
She wrote and illustrated One Monday, her first picture book. She illustrated Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck by Katie Clark. Amy stays busy illustrating, writing, learning to spin wool and to play the guitar.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Mitten Press (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587265664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587265662
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,065,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
It was not going to be easy being a new student at Robinson School. Blanca just knew everyone would turn and stare at her and it would be even worse if she couldn't respond to their questions. "No English. Español." Blanca was from Argentina, but Diana, her new seat mate, didn't know that. It really annoyed her that this new girl was getting away with drawing a little blue house with a rainbow and flowers overhead when she had to write out her spelling words. Moon, space, stars . . . "Mrs. Bertram!" Her hand shot up in the air because the unfairness of the whole situation annoyed her big time. Yep, after Diane tattled everyone gave poor Blanca the evil eye.

Diana was totally embarrassed when Mrs. Sanderson took Blanca out of the room to give her English lessons. Mrs. Bertram gathered the class around to talk about making her comfortable and discuss her language and culture. At recess Diana tried to play with Blanca and had yet another misunderstanding and only succeeded in making her angry instead. It was enough to make anyone cry. Being a tattletale and hurting someone all in the same day was simply horrifying. On Friday she tried again to make friends and this time her effort succeeded. They shared a bilingual book, drew pictures and had some good giggle `n smile time during spelling class. The substitute teacher had no patience for nonsense and the girls "left the classroom for the long walk down the hall." It was going to be a looooong day!

This beautiful, heartwarming tale is one that is experienced in more and more schools across the country every day. Children, who have no prejudicial behaviors unless they learn by example, do have language ones and stories like this bring awareness to the issue.
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Blanca from Argentina joins Diane's second grade class. When she is spoken to, be it teacher Mrs. Bertram, or a fellow student, her response is always "No English". Blanca knows nothing in the English language, and of course, she is thrust into a class of all English-speaking children! Diane is at first very jealous that Blanca is allowed to sit there drawing pictures instead of working like the other students, so she raises her hand and complains to the teacher. All the kids start staring at Blanca and she's feeling bad. The teacher that's helping Blanca learn English walks in and takes Blanca with her for her lesson. Diane is ashamed of herself when she sees how afraid Blanca looks as she encounters the hostile stares of her classmates.

Mrs. Bertram opens a discussion about being from a foreign country and not knowing the language in your new home. She encourages the children to think of ways to help Blanca adjust. The class decides to learn more about Blanca's country, Argentina. There are many differences that the class feels are "weird", but Mrs. Bertram points out they're not weird, just "different".

Diane is determined to befriend Blanca and somehow bridge the language barrier. Finally, Diane comes up with a terrific idea and puts her plan into action. Find out her solution by reading this fantastic story!

Jacqueline Jules wrote this book with a depth of feeling often missing from books for children on a difficult subject. Jacqueline is the child of an immigrant herself, so I'm sure her parents were a good role model for her to know how to approach this modern-day situation our immigrant children face every day in our schools.
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No English is a colorfully illustrated picture book tells the story of Blanca, a new girl from Argentina, who struggles to adjust and acclimate to her second grade American classroom. Blanca's story is told from the perspective of her classmate, Diane, who initially has trouble dealing with the fact that they don't speak the same language. Early on, "No English," is all that Spanish speaker, Blanca, can say--thus making her misunderstood by her classmates. However, with the help of her teacher, Mrs. Bertram, the students are able to better understand Blanca by learning about her homeland. This is a lovely story that could be read aloud to students of all ages and will make a lovely addition to any classroom library.
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