RENÉ HAS TWO LAST NAMES/RENÉ TIENE DOS APELLIDOS by René Colato Laínez

RENÉ HAS TWO LAST NAMES/RENÉ TIENE DOS APELLIDOS

Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

On the first day in his new school, René’s teacher gives everyone a nametag with their first and last names. Though René’s last name, like many Salvadorans’, has two parts, “Colato Laínez,” his tag reads only “René Colato.” Maybe the teacher ran out of ink? Adding “Laínez” on his own, René is teased about having an unusually “long dinosaur name” but uses the opportunity of a family-tree assignment to instruct everyone, including the teacher, about why both names together represent his full Italian and Spanish heritage. René’s full name proudly reminds him that he is a product of both his father and mother’s family histories, both rich in talent and hard work. Drawing from his personal immigrant experience, the author tells his story in a bilingual narration, his sincere, earnest voice augmented by Graullera Ramírez’s softly colored cartoon-style watercolor scenes of family and classmates. The significance of this Hispanic tradition respecting both sides of a child’s parentage is well explained in this easily understood example of cultural differences. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55885-530-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Piñata Books/Arté Público
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2009




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