My Name Is María Isabel

My Name Is María Isabel


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My Name Is María Isabel by Alma Flor Ada, K. Dyble Thompson, Alma Flor ADA

For María Isabel Salazar López, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marías in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?"
But María Isabel has been named for her Papá's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make her teacher see that if she loses her name, she's lost the most important part of herself?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689802171
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/01/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 56,049
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at

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My Name Is María Isabel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Mista-Lista More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I got this book from our local library. The story of Maria's love for her name and culture was cute. The book is short and sweet. The book is highly recommended to children and families with a strong cultural upbringing. The book is only average if you don't really care about those things.It is 90% about Maria's name and love for her heritage, very rarely getting into other characteristics of children her age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would think this isn't a bad book, looking at the reviews... But I am very disapointed at the sample! It has no story whatsoever, and I am so glad that samples are free!
cindilouredhat More than 1 year ago
I teach third grade and read this easy chapter book every year to my class. It has a lot of heart and explains why every child needs to have a voice. It is a particularly important book for insight into the Hispanic culture, but also deals with real issues everyone deals with like having a working mother.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is not that good. The last couple chapters were great. I read them in school. That is the reason I bought the book.not a good use of money American girl 12345
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Frederick Grimm More than 1 year ago
All you get is the publishing date, credits, and contents. Most samples include at least half a chapter!,,,
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really, really, nice. It really has discriptive language, A nice story and lesson and it really is reality... if you know what I mean. It is really easy to imagine it happening and I know how she feels. No really, all people, three words: Read... this... book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
how can u not love hispanic lit?? but one thing: how is naming every girl maria not sterotypical??? not every hispanic girl is named maria, look at me for instance