Rene Has Two Last Names is a delightfully wonderful bilingual book that is sure to bring both smiles and joy to the faces of many children, as well as their parents. In a crazy and fast-paced world, such as the one that we live in, often our family heritage is either forgotten or stored away deep in our mind's recesses. That is not the case with young Rene who celebrates both sides of his family by using both of his last names. However, in school the teacher insists on calling Rene with only one of his last names - Colato. Rene feels a deep pain by this because it is as if half of his family is missing - the Lainez side. No one, at school, seems to understand the tears within his heart that this causes. That is until the class is taught a lesson in family trees. With this, Rene is able to create a tree celebrating both sides of his family and truly explain the importance of having both last names.
Rene Has Two Last Names is such a vibrant, touching and memorable story. No matter what language you speak, or where you come from, the importance of your heritage explains part of who you are and is to be celebrated!
I love the way the author explains the importance of his surnames. For my children who are Latino, it allows them to relate culturally, but anyone who uses both familial names can read this to their children to give an understanding of using mom and dad's last names.
This is a delightful book about family. When the book opens up Rene's teacher gives him a name tag that leaves off part of his last name. Rene thinks that maybe her pen ran out of ink and adds the rest of his last name to the tag . As the kids in the classroom laugh at his long last name, the book opens into a whole discussion on why Rene's name is important.
The book is told in alternating paragraphs of first in English, then again in Spanish. With big letters the book makes it easy for a young child to follow along or read for themselves. What a great book to share with kids about the importance of names, history, and of family! I think this book would open wonderful discussions with the children in your life. Beautifully illustrated with rich colorful pages,I read this three times through in one sitting...practicing the little Spanish I know as well!