Me llamo María Isabel (My Name Is María Isabel)

Me llamo María Isabel (My Name Is María Isabel)


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Third grader Maria Isabel, born in Puerto Rico and now living in the U.S., wants badly to fit in at school; and the teacher's writing assignment "My Greatest Wish" gives her that opportunity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689810992
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/01/1996
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 74,494
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Alma Flor Ada is an authority on multicultural and bilingual education. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including My Name is Maria Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award). She lives in California, and you can visit her at

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Me llamo María Isabel (My Name Is María Isabel) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
unodostres More than 1 year ago
This is a very good and straightforward read. A beautifully told tale of a typical experience of immigrants confronting the US culture. I would highly recommend this book to both native speakers and to learners of Spanish. As a teacher, I will be using it as reading material for learners of Spanish, and as a talking tool to broaden understanding of diverse experiences. I am a big fan Alma Flor Ada -- both as a writer and a translator she always delivers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, Me Llamo María Isabel, tells the story of a girl who moved from to New York City from Puerto Rico, recounting how she sought to adapt to her new society while preserving her cultural identity. On her first day of school, María Isabel¿s teacher introduced the new girl as Mary Lopez, for no other reason that there are already two girls named Maria in the class. María Isabel, however, did not like the sound of the English name, which sounded strange to her. María Isabel Salazar López is proud of her name, which honored two much-admired members of her family. She knew that the teacher meant no harm, but does not know how express what she really wants. While reading Charlotte¿s Web, María Isabel discovered how her spider hero conveyed her message and finds an ingenious way to tell her teacher, along with everyone else, how she really feels. Alma Flor Ada weaves a beautiful story about dignity without preaching. My only reservation is that, with other Latino students in her class, Maria Isabel could not have asked them to translate her desire to the teacher; futher, why was María Isabel not in a bilingual class? The story¿s central theme, though, is very real; this story is a true gem and a great way to brush up on one¿s Spanish. El librito Me llamo María Isabel cuenta la historia de una niña quien se mudó a Nueva York de Puerto Rico; ahora está buscando cómo se va ajustar a la sociedad nueva mientras retiendo su identidad cultural. En el primer día de escuela, la maestra la presenta a los estudiantes como Mary López, solamente por qué ya hay dos niñitas que se llaman María. Tambien, a María Isabel le parece el sonido del nombre Mary un poquito extraño. María Isabel Salazar López está muy orgullosa de su nombre, que su familia ha llamado de después de dos personas muy queridas. María ya sabe que la maestra no lo hace por maldad, pero ella tiene difucultad de pensar como decir a ella lo que realamente desea. Cuándo ha terminado leer el cuento Las arañas de Carlota, María realiza como su héroe comunica su mensaje. Por fin, María encuentra una manera ingeniosa de decirle a su maestra y a otros lo que verdaderamente siente. Alma Flor Ada cuenta una historia bien linda sobre la dignidad - sin predicar el mensaje. Mi única crítica es, aunque habia tantos estudiantes latinos en la clase, María Isabel no podía preguntarles ayudar o traducir a la maestra lo que ella realamente quiere. Y ¿Porque María Isabel no estaba en una clase bilingüe? La tema, sin embargo, es auténtica; este librito es precioso y una manera buena para practicar el español.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ALREADY READ THIS AT SCHOOL SO SCREW IT ASK YO MAMA IF yo can go to u.s.a fremont elementary antioch california my names jeremy type in on you tube:the lion king fremont elementary so if you go there im in 4th grade k