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Children's LiteratureOn the surface, Lainez tells the story of a young Salvadoran boy who is in love with his name until he goes to school in the U.S. and discovers that one of his classmates shares his name. This occurrence would not be so problematic were it not for the fact that the other Renee is a girl. Rene is very distraught and teased until he researches the origin and meaning of his name and discovers its inherent strength and heritage. This discovery leads to Rene's self-reflection on his name and how it affirms his heritage and who he is as a Salvadoran American. Much of this discovery comes to light in the form of an essay that Rene writes for a contest and reads aloud before the school. Though the essay conveys an important message, it does become a bit tedious to read and may tire young readers. However, the book does provide plenty of fodder for discussion of the changing identity of Latinos in the USA. Ramerez's illustrations are goofy and colorful fun and complement Rene's strong emotions well. 2005, Pinata Books/Arte Pœblico Press, Ages 4 to 8.