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My Name Is Maria Isabel Hardcover – Illustrated, April 30, 1993

4.7 out of 5 stars 115 ratings

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Armed with her new blue bookbag, Maria Isabel bravely faces her first day at a new school. But when she meets her new teacher, she is told there are already two other Marias in the class. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?" her teacher suggests, unaware that Maria was named for both her grandmothers, a grandfather and her father. Maria's inability to respond to "Mary" leads to more problems. Simply told, this story combines the struggle of a Puerto Rican family's efforts to improve their life with a shared sense of pride in their heritage. The author's carefully drawn characterizations avoid stereotypes, thus increasing their appeal and believability. An essay involving a wish list gives Maria a chance to reclaim her name, and allows her teacher to make amends. Abetted by Thompson's straightforward black-and-white drawings, this contemporary tale serves as a good reminder that no two names are really alike. Ages 7-10.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 3-4-- This gentle story tells of Maria Isabel Salazar Lopez, who finds herself dubbed "Mary Lopez" when her family moves and she is placed in a class with two other Marias. Maria Isabel finds it hard to respond to a name that does not seem like hers. Her teacher doesn't understand why it is so difficult for her to answer to "Mary" until the child is inspired to address her paper on "My Greatest Wish" to the topic of her name. The result is not only a happy ending, but also an affirming study of heritage and how it is integrally bound up in an individual's sense of self. The brief text, adequately extended by line drawings, reads aloud well and could certainly be used in conjunction with Gary Soto's The Skirt (Delacorte, 1992) to illustrate the Hispanic culture that is part of the lives of many contemporary children. --Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Lexile Measure : 860L
  • Grade Level : 2 - 5
  • Item Weight : 8.6 ounces
  • Hardcover : 64 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780689315176
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0689315176
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches
  • Reading level : 7 - 10 years
  • Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Repackage Edition (April 30, 1993)
  • ASIN : 0689315171
  • Language: : English
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