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My Name Is Maria Isabel

by Alma Flor Ada
Illustrated by K. Dyble Thompson

Published by Atheneum, 1993
57 pages
ISBN: 0-689-31517-1

Ages 7-9

We already have two Mariás in this class. Why don't we call you Mary instead?" So begins the first day at a new school for nine-year old Mariá Isabel Salazar Lopez, who is proud of her real name, and the Puerto Rican family heritage it represents. Mariá Isabel can't get used to the strange new name Mary Lopez, 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 Mariá Isabel finishes school each day. Mariá 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. CCBC categories: Easy Fiction; Understanding Oneself And Others.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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