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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family


Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family was a pick up from BookExpo this year for some family fun reading. It's about a young girl who sees all of the colors of her world bright and clear, and she takes us, her readers, through her life in a tour. She even sees the color of the people in her world, including her mommy and daddy who are different colors. Her mother is like crema, and her father is like chocolate. She herself is like cafe con leche. What a lucky girl she is!

I love love love that this book incorporates Spanish seamlessly; it's a natural part of the story and it's written in when it feels like it should be. One page talks about where her grandmother lives, and the next refers to her as "Y mi abuela." It feels so natural and the connections are so clear.

It's also a lovely story of a girl who is of two cultures, and she moves between them seamlessly. She does this because she sees the beauty of the world in all of its amazing colors and differences. There are three pages in the back of the book that lead the reader to discuss race and discrimination with their children, which is always helpful if you need a little guidance as to how to address these issues with small children. It can be difficult, but it is so necessary, and children are open to these discussions if you begin having them early. This book is a wonderful jumping off point for those discussions, and I'm so happy I picked it up. 

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