MAYA CHRISTINA GONZALEZ is an acclaimed fine artist, educator, and illustrator of children's books, and collaborator with Alarcón on most of his children’s poetry books. Gonzalez’s numerous books featuring Latino characters have received recognition from the Pura Belpré Award, Américas Award, Notable Books for a Global Society, International Latino Books Awards, and more. Shelives in San Francisco, California, with her two daughters and her husband.
My Very Own Room (Mi Propio Cuartito)by Amada Irma Perez, Maya Christina Gonzalez
Five little brothers, two parents, and a house full of visiting relatives make a young Mexican American girl feel crowded. She loves her family, but how can she get a little space of her own? This delightful memoir of a California childhood, by Amada Irma Pérez, sparkles with exuberance and wit.Renowned painter Maya Christina Gonzalez brings the captivating scenes to life with bold colors and whimsical details. My Very Own Room gently teaches a valuable lesson about the strength of family and the importance of dreams.
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A Place just For Me Author Amada Perez truly captures the main characters feelings and thoughts in this picture book. "My Very Own Room" is written in first person point of view and that allows us to feel what she is feeling and know what she is thinking. The illustrations help facilitate the readers perspective of how small the home is, and the large amount of people that live their periodically. Not only do the pictures give the words meaning and understanding but they also permit the reader to see the expressions on the main characters face. In the beginning we notice the aggravation she is feeling, and then we see the sadness and wanting of her own room. Later we view the love between her and mother and presents the reader reason to why the mother clears out the storage closet to make a place for her daughter to call her own. This beautiful and vibrant picture book tells the story about a family working together to make a happier life for themselves and each other.
When I read this book I could see how this could relate to some children in the United States. This little girl has several siblings, two parents, and some relatives that stay with her family. Her little house is always crowded and she just wants her space. Her family understands this, and tries their hardest to give the girl her own space in the house where she can have her privacy and can just relax and think. This book is written in both English and Spanish and aside from the cute touching story of the love of a family, this book also teaches some Spanish Vocabulary to English speaking children or vice versa.