for My Name Is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada and K. Dyble Thompson
"We already have two Marías in this class. Why don't we call you Mary instead?" So begins the first day at a new school for nine-year old María Isabel Salazar López, who is proud of her real name, and the Puerto Rican family heritage it represents. María Isabel can't get used to the strange new name Mary López, but she is shy and doesn't know how to tell her teacher. If that weren't enough, her mother gets a job and is no longer at home when María Isabel finishes school each day. María Isabel's struggle to adapt to changes, and to find her voice, is at the center of this inviting story exploring important issues of identity and understanding. (Ages 8-10)
CCBC Choices 1993. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993. Used with permission.
Third grader Marâia Isabel, born in Puerto Rico and now living in the United States, wants badly to fit in at school; and the teacher's writing assignment "My Greatest Wish" gives her that opportunity.
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