Good afternoon, everyone!
Congratulations to the winner of last week’s giveaway and thank you to all who commented! This week, you can win Alma Flor Ada’s book, Me llamo María Isabel, and the English translation, My Name is María Isabel. According to Alma Flor’s website, this book tells the story of “María Isabel, a Hispanic child growing up in the U.S., [who] begins having problems in her new classroom when her teacher changes her name to Mary. This compelling portrait of an experience common to many language minority children inspires discussions on self-identity and biculturalism.” School Library Journal suggests this book for grades three and four. There is also a lesson plan for this book, which can be accessed from the book’s description on Alma Flor’s website. The lesson plan includes discussion topics for before reading, during reading, and after reading. Additionally, the plan includes craft ideas and another brief synopsis of the storyline. We think this book would make for a great classroom read-aloud and discussion that could help touch on immigration, respect, cultural competence, and self-identity.
Let us know how you can use these books at home or at school by leaving a comment below! We will contact winners at the end of the week to collect shipping information.
Until next week,
Image: Photo of My Name is María Isabel. Reprinted from Alma Flor’s Website.