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My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  128 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
With the help of her two parents and five brothers, a resourceful Mexican American girl realizes her dream of having a space of her own to read and to think.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 26th 2000 by Children's Book Press
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Tamera Fleming
Oct 30, 2016 Tamera Fleming rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-summaries
1) Book summary: It's about a 9 year old sleeping with her 8 brothers wanting to have her own room. She loved her brother but being the only girl and not having a personal space was bothering her. She find a small place inside of their small home and decided to make it her own. At the end her whole family helped to decorate her first real room.

2) Grade level, interest level, lexile : The grade level is kindergarten to 5th grade, the interest level is 6 to 10 years old, and the lexile is 700.

Cassandra Lemieux
Sep 06, 2016 Cassandra Lemieux rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summaries
Summary: A young girl lives in a home with five brothers. Because of the lack of space, she has to share a bedroom with all five of her brothers. All she dreams about is having her own bedroom. One day her family helps her find a spot and they all work together to make her new room.

Grade level: 3-5

Classroom use: Spanish/ English

Students who may benefit: ESL students or students who would like to read a book in both english and spanish.

Small group use: no

Whole class use: Yes. It has a good moral
Oct 01, 2014 Ginakriz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story. It was about a girl who wanted her own room. Her family helped her. Her mom was very nice and helpful. (Maybe even nicer than many moms would be!)
This books tells the story about a fictional girl who lives with a large family and has to share a room and bed with many boy siblings. She does not feel as though she has her own space and feels overcrowded. One day she seeks out the storage closet and has the idea to make that space her room. With approval of her mother, and the help the family members she transforms it into her bedroom. She fills it with things she likes, like books and she is happy. This book is told from the Hispanic cultur ...more
Yelim Kwon
My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito by Amanda Irma Perez

1.Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
2.Age 6-10
3.This book is about a girl who is living with her three little brother and parents. She loves her house but she really wanted to have her own room. One day she decided to make her own room in the corner of the house with curtains, and furniture that she got it from other places. Finally, she got her own room!
4.I loved this book because this book is biangular book (English and S
Mariah Eshelman
I thought this was a great story. I love how they had both English and Spanish in the book. A little girl lived with her five brothers and just wanted her own room. The family all worked together to be able to give her her space. This book reflects on family life and how it's nice when everyone works together to help each other out. I thought the illustrations were wonderful- they were colorful and showed the expressions clearly in the faces of the family.
Zainab Faridi
This is a great story about a nine year-old Mexican-American girl who lives with her parents, her five brothers, and other extended family members and guests. This large family shares a small space and the girls wants a room she can call her own. This conflict is quickly resolved and the entire family pitches in to transform a storage room into a personalized space for the girl. This story of an extended family making it work during difficult living conditions is a great addition for young reade ...more
Sep 22, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: multicultural
Summary: My Very Own Room is a story about a Mexican American girl that has a large family in a small home. The family works hard for what they have and find the good in their situation. The young girl longs for a room or space of her own that she does not have to share with her five siblings. This story is about how a family pulls together what they have to help her finally get her own space.
Reflection: I loved this book from the first page to the last page. Each page has not only the English
Mitchell M
Nov 19, 2012 Mitchell M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Very Own Room
Grade/interest level: Primary (3rd to 4th)
Reading level: Fountas & Pinnel: P
Grade: 3.9
Genre: multicultural
Main Characters: Narrator
Setting: United States, present time
POV: from narrator

I liked this book a lot. It was very good in describing the Mexican American culture. It showed how in their culture family is a very important thing. The narrator is the only girl out of her parents six other children. All of them are brothers and they are younger than her. The book shows how
Kori Hall
Oct 10, 2012 Kori Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Very Own Room was a 2001 Tomás River Mexican American Children's Book Award recipient. The book is targeted to third and fourth graders. Based on the author's Amada Irma Peréz own childhood she writes a great bilingual picture book that captures life in a family that houses relatives for long periods of time. Despite the predicament Peréz shows how greatful she is to have her family, "there was always along line to use the bathroom, but the toilet seat was always warm." The illustrations done ...more
Lauren Miles
Amanda Irma Perez, author of My Very Own Room, was born in Mexico and writes this realistic fiction story based form her own experiences growing up. The story is written in both Spanish and English, offering an authentic story true to the contextual language. The story explains the reality of this little girl living in a house with 8 people, sometimes more with family visiting from Mexico. The little girl imagines her very own space in a storage closet separated from the living room by flour sac ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Nichole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, this book was very touching and particulary showed how strong a family love can be. The biggest thing about the book is the focus on the Mexican-American culture and the way that the family pulls together to give the only girl sibling her own space in which she can get away from the crowded space of the room she shared with her 5 little brothers. The pictures in the book are very colorful and depict the emotional bond between the characters as the story progresses. I also like the fact ...more
Maria Salinas
Nov 20, 2012 Maria Salinas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Main Characters: little girl, mom, cousins, uncles, father
Setting: Girls apartment
POV: young girl
Grade Level: 2-5
Reading Level: 3-4
Genre: multicultural/ realistic fiction

This is the story of a girl that lives with her uncles, younger brothers, and her parents. Since their house does not have much space the girl is forced to to share rooms with her younger fathers.Eight people live in her house and sometimes relatives came from mexico so more people would stay in their house. The girl dreams of
Alma Loredo
Nov 22, 2010 Alma Loredo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story explains a lot about the different cultures and what is valued in one is not always the case in another’s. This would be a great book to show students that we are all different and being different is not a bad thing but makes us unique.

The main character is a Mexican American girl that is tired of her crowded house with her brothers, parents and family members that stay for extended periods of time. They all live in a two bedroom house. She just wants a space of her own, her own room.
Will Slade
Jun 25, 2011 Will Slade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned of this book from bilingual teacher friends. My friends who grew up as Mexican Americans in Texas or California recognized a lot of words and phrases that evoked their childhood but that they don't hear much anymore. I love the personal, intimate touches to this story, and I think it works for people from all different backgrounds. The one tricky thing about it is what age child it's most appropriate for. It works well as a read aloud or reading circle book for 1st or 2nd graders; it's ...more
Jessica Wilson
Apr 30, 2013 Jessica Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a young Mexican American girl who lives with five younger brother, her two parents, and several visiting relatives and the struggles she faces by wanted and needing her own space. Many families and young children can relate to this story because when children are young, many often have to share rooms and always get booted to the couch when family come in town. I know I did. It shows the struggles she faces because she so desperately wants space of her own but cant have it d ...more
As a Mexican immigrant to California, Amada Irma Perez grew up with few material possessions, but was surrounded by a large, loving and supportive family. However, her home was always crowded with siblings, relatives and friends. All she ever wanted was a room of her own. Perez's calm and touching narrative is highlighted by Maya Cristina Gonzalez's colourful and lively illustrations. Age 4-8. E-book from the Children's International Digital Library: ...more
Jacque Williamson
One of the first things I noticed about this book was how brightly colored the illustrations were. I noticed how the illustrator used colors that reflect on the Mexican culture, which was the theme of the story. The story centers a young girl who is sharing a room with her five younger brothers in a small quaint house with her family. The young girl insists on finding her own space or her own room to be by herself. The author relates this story to her own upbringing with her family about sharing ...more
Jennifer Wiesehan
Apr 29, 2009 Jennifer Wiesehan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sidenote: I was looking for a good multicultural book. I first started searching for books about Muslims because of the times we live in, however 3 of the books I found that were great were not yet listed in goodreads.
I loved this book though because where I grew up I saw many families that were very similar to this one. They were very close nit families more (than just physically). I know the old saying that loves grows best in little houses and I believe this to be true.
Very often in our cl
May 01, 2013 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"My Very Own Room" is a story about a girl living in a house with her uncles, younger brothers, and parents. This story does a great job describing the Mexican-American culture and how family is very important. Overall, this book was very touching and it really hit home with me. I grew up in a smaller house with a lot of my family everywhere. It was always very rambunctious and chaotic at our house like it was for Mijita. She tried to find a quiet spot in the house but it was very hard for her. ...more
Cynthia Jensen
Apr 21, 2011 Cynthia Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a Mexican girl who lives in the United States with her father, mother and five brothers. She shairs a room in their small house with her five brothers. She longs to have her own room so she looks around the house to see where she could possably find a place she can call her own. See how her family all works together to help her get her wish. This book is written in both Engish and Spanish. It shows that families love each other and work together in more than one culture. I lik ...more
Emily  Nuttall
May 25, 2014 Emily Nuttall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rll-528-latino
This story is based on Amanda Perez's real life. It is about a young girl who lives in a two bedroom house and she shares a room with her brothers and family members who come to visit. She really wants a room of her own. So, her family creates her a bedroom from a storage closet in the home. She finally has a charming place of her own where she can read her books. This is a cute story that reflects family life. Some themes in this book are family and independence. This book will be appropriate f ...more
Reading/Interest level: 1st-4th
A girl tells this story about wanting a special place, a bedroom of her own. She is tired of sharing with her five brothers. She asks her mom if she can have a large storage closet and her family works together to clear it out and clean it up. They get furniture from other family and together lick enough stamps to get her a special lamp. The story is a beautiful expression of a loving and hard working family. The illustrations are bright and colorful and are a good
Writers' Workshop is off to a great start if you use this book as a mentor text. Everyone can find a seed in this story to start their own, whether it is, as the girl in the story, a longing for having a small space in your home to call your own, a family visit that takes over every available sleeping space, or family coming together to make one of its members happy. This is a book to revisit throughout the year during Writers' Workshop and one that has a permanent spot on the mentor text showca ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latino-young-lit
The author tells a story similar to her own childhood in which her family often had to share cramped housing with family and friends. The young girl longs for her own room and convinces her mother to carve out a space in a storage closet. The family comes together to move things, paint, and cash in “Blue Chip” stamps to buy a lamp for the girl’s new room. The importance of education and togetherness are themes highlighted in the end as she decorates her room with library books and reads to her b ...more
May 04, 2009 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! I plan to be a Bilingual Education teacher, and I know many of my kids will be able to relate to this story. As a kid I never had my own room till I got older. I come from a big Hispanic family and I know how it is to live in crowded house. It was my 6 brothers, my only sister, my parents and me living in one house!It was hard not being able to have the privacy that you wanted.
My Very Own Room is based on the author's own family story. Mijita tried to find a little private space which she could call it her own amidst a crowded two bedroom house. Life of poverty was not easy but it bring creativity out of Mijita. Mijita and her family transformed a little space between the living room and storage closet into Mijita's room. It is delightful to read how they prepared it.
This book is awesome! It would be the perfect book for an ESL student whose first language is Spanish because all the text is in Spanish and English. This way they can practice their Spanish and their English at the same time. The Spanish part can be used as an aid if they come to a word they don't know or don't understand while reading the English part.
Jun 09, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a nice tale about a little girl in a family of mostly boys who is desperately trying to carve out a little space of her own. It's written in both spanish and english and offers a nice look at how extended immigrant families help one another as they try to make a living and provide for their family in America.
Ngoc  Dang
Feb 21, 2011 Ngoc Dang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great to use to introduce culture into the classroom. It's also about hard work, family, and the important of education. The girl wanted a room for herself and she found a space and made it her room. This hopefully will help children become more appreciative of the things they have.
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