I AM RENÉ, THE BOY by René Colato Laínez

I AM RENÉ, THE BOY

Yo Soy René, el niño
Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Humorous illustrations, marked by oversized heads, mildly Cubist perspectives and rich pastels, combine with a wry narrative tone to fashion a marvelous look not simply at names shared by boys and girls, but also the transformation required of Spanish-speaking children as they remake themselves into English speakers. René the boy, a native El Salvadoran, is taken aback and then relieved to learn the name of the new girl in his class: taken aback that it’s pronounced the same as his, relieved that it’s spelled Renee. His discomfort leads him to research his name and write about it for a school essay contest, which he wins. The text moves swiftly forward in both English and Spanish, and René’s essay provides a convincing and pertinent way for the author to point out the strong benefits of being bilingual and bi-national. A winner all-around. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: April 30th, 2005
ISBN: 1-55885-378-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Piñata Books/Arté Público
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2005




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