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Elizabeth Ward…a lovely story of a cross-cultural friendship…
—The Washington Post
Second-grader Diane has some difficulties with a new student from Argentina due to their lack of a common language, until the girls realize that they can communicate through their drawings. The story subtly explains how miscommunication and misunderstandings can happen on both sides, without being didactic. The watercolor pictures are realistic, offering varied facial expressions and lots of diversity in the classroom, and the pictures correlate well with the text. This title would be appropriate for use in a group setting or for individual or one-on-one reading. The story is similar to Mary Hoffman's The Color of Home (Penguin, 2002) and Aliki's Marianthe's Story: Painted Words/Spoken Memories (Greenwillow, 1998). An additional purchase for libraries looking for more titles about new ESL students.
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