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My Name Is Maria Isabel

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  289 ratings  ·  55 reviews
For Maria Isabel Salazar Lopez, 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 Marias in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?"

But Maria Isabel has been named for her Papi's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1993)
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 23, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls 7-9, kids interested in their own heritage and others’ cultures & heritages; teachers!
Recommended to Lisa by: Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I personally wanted more, more depth and more length, and in a way that lets me know this is a perfect book for its intended audience. I’d have found it perfect in those ways when I was 7-9 years old, perhaps even 6-11 years old. 10 titled chapters and 57 pages make for an excellent beginning independent readers’ book. It would also make a fine read aloud book.

This short novel has a lovely story.

I appreciated how so many issues and subjects are addressed, either directly or indirectly: the impor
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I think all teachers should be required to read this book! A young immigrant from Puerto Rico named Maria Isabel is renamed by her teacher because there are already two Marias in her class. This makes Maria Isabel feel like she's lost her sense of self, of who she is, and affects her performance in school. Eventually Maria Isabel finds a way to let her teacher know that she doesn't like it, and all turns out well.
It was a touching story with a sweet ending, another gem from Alma Flor Ada.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Maria Isabel Salazar Lopez hates
having to start over at a new school.
But worst of all, there are already
two other Marias in her class and
her new teacher decides to call her
Mary Lopez!

Maria Isabel never hears her teacher
when she is addressed as Mary Lopez
and she ends up being skipped for the
class play.

I know exactly how Maria Isabel feels.
I was always Debbie A. or Deborah in
a class with scores of other Debbies.
I just wanted to be called by my name,
too, just like Maria Isabel. I lo
(NS) Becca
My name is Maria Isabel is written by Alma Flor Ada and illustrated by K. Dyble Thompson. It was published by Aladdin Paperbacks in 1993.

This wonderful book is about a young girl named Maria Isobel who school in a new town. She is worried because she is starting late in the year and doesn't want to be the odd one out. Although Maria is a mixture of excited and nervous, she ends up leaving school feeling very frustrated. Her new teacher has decided to call her Mary instead of her name, Maria. Thr
May 17, 2012 Renee rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Many students will be able to relate to this story about a little girl who is not called her name by the teacher. It shows the importance of personal identity and family and highlights being new, fitting in, and not feeling "smart" or looked at as not knowing. It's a good read during Hispanic Heritage Month or the holiday season since it touches on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Students can personally connect to the story because of the school settings and the interactions with siblings and parent ...more
Alexsandy Jimenez
My Name is Maria Isabel walks the reader through an event that many might not think will affect a child. Transferring into a new school to find yourself with a student that already has your name. Defending yourself through a piece of writing might not seem as a strong way to do so but it is efficient. The young girl Maria Isabel goes to school in discomfort for not being caller her birth given name.
This is a great book to introduce any classroom to because it speaks to every single one within th
Rutmeri Mercado 12-6-10

Este libro se llama me llamo María Isabel por alma flor Ada. Este libro se trata de una niña llamada María Isabel pero ella es nueva en su clase no conoce a nadie. Pero en receso una niña llamada marta Pérez. que la invita a brincar la cuerda con ella. De ese tiempo adelante ella estaba impuesta. Uno de los personajes mi libro es María Isabel ella es una niña buena portorriqueña.
Mi opinión de este libro es que es muy bueno porque es de una niña que entra a el mundo nuev
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By the time Maria's family moves into their new home, the school year has begun. Her first day does not go well. On the way to the bus stop, Maria trips, skins her knee, and dirties her favorite yellow dress. Then, her teacher changes her name to Mary because there are already two Marias in the class. Maria tries hard to listen and do well, but she simply cannot remember her new name. Whenever the teacher calls on "Mary Lopez," Maria does not answer. Several times a day, the teacher scolds Maria ...more
Erin Ramai
I gave this book a 3 star rating. It is intended for children ages 7-10. The story is narrated in third person. Maria Isabel is the new kid at school and there are already two Maria’s, so the teacher decides to call her Mary Lopez. The only problem with this is that every time the teacher calls out “Mary Lopez!” Maria does not respond. This inevitably leads Maria to believe that the teacher is always angry at her and Maria Isabel’s exclusion from the winter pageant. At the end of the book, Maria ...more
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I actually read Me LLamo Maria Isabel. It is about a 3rd-4rth grade read. I read it because I was trying to put myself in the shoes of a spanish student who just barely speaks English reading English. I tried to be very conscious of my thought processes when I read it.

First. It was hard work. It was like walking through mud. I would get a paragraph and then I would not know any words in the next paragraph so I would read down until I got a hook again and then I would go back and put the pieces
Leticia Barrera
This Chapter book titled “My name is María Isabel” by Alma Flor Ada is great book that every 3rd grade student should read. This book is about a Hispanic girl named, Maria Isabel Salazar Lopez, who experienced the challenges of being a new student in a classroom. Her biggest problem, however, was when her teacher suggested to her, “that since there were two other students named Maria in the class, the class should call her Mary instead." For María Isabel, the loss of her real name was the loss o ...more
T. Denise
This book centered around a theme of cultural sensitivity (or lack thereof) - Maria joins a class that already has 2 other students named Maria, but the teacher shortens her name to Mary without asking her she would feel about it. This creates an inner struggle with Maria who happens to love her name that is symbolic of her family.

I thought that Ada did a nice job of displaying the downfall of lack of communication to multicultural students.
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Nicole Nunn
This is one of my favorite children's books because it discusses her struggle to adapt to changes, find her voice, and explore important issues of identity and understanding. I would use this as a journal activity after reading the story. "Write about a time when you felt different from everyone else or misunderstood. How did you overcome this feeling?"
this book is the one i read for reading logs. it a good story. Maria is cute girl who goes to school and tells about her days at school. i love this book
This book is more about self-advocacy and growing confidence more than identity, growing up Latina in the U.S., or adjusting to a new school, though all three of those topics are also woven into this slim chapter book. Maria Isabel learns to stand up for herself and believe in herself.

Text is a bit hokey at times with occasional plot gaps such as when 9 year old, Maria Isabel suddenly makes food for her entire family when left at home alone after school. Overall, a worthwhile addition to a chapt
NSAndrew Liebergen
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?

Third grader Maria Isabel
 (NS) Maria
From Kirkus Reviews
When Mar¡a Isabel Salazar L¢pez's family moves, there are already two Mar¡as in her new class, so the teacher decides to call her Mary L¢pez. Since she doesn't readily recognize this new name, Mar¡a Isabel is continually scolded for being inattentive; worse, her pride in being named for her grandmothers is dishonored. Mar¡a Isabel's reluctance to assert her wish to be called by her full name involves her in an apparent web of deception when she doesn't get a part in a pageant
Daniel L.
Hail Mary!

Me Llamo María Isabel (My Name Is Maria Isabel) tells the story of a young girl who moved from Puerto Rico to New York City and how she seeks to adapt to her new society while retaining her cultural identity. On her first day of school, because there are already two girls named Maria in the class, María's teacher introduces the new girl as Mary Lopez. María Isabel, however, does not like the sound of the Anglo name, which sounds strange to her. María Isabel Salazar López is proud of he
Xiaoxiao Zhu
Maria Isabel cannnot be called with her real name just because someone else has the same name with her. At the end of the book, Maria Isabel writes an essay entitled, “My Greatest Wish.” She has an internal struggle about what to write. And she ultimately decides that above all, she would like to be called by her true name and sing in the pageant.

The plot of this chapter book is very simplistic. This may be deliberate because it is intended for readers in second through fifth grade. My Name is
Third grade +.

Maria Isabel and her family, after moving from Puerto Rico, must learn to adjust to new lives. Maria Isabel makes some new friends, and believes she could really love her new school, but for one thing. Her teacher insists on calling her by a different name. Maria Isabel's pride in her family help her gain the courage to speak up in a strange, new world.

A great story for discussing immigration and being "the new kid." Short chapters, large print. A touching story!
This was a great book to teach a bit about differentiation and teaching ESL kids. I really like the development of the story and then finally María Isabel stands up for herself and tells her teacher (through an essay) that she would like to be included in the winter pageant, but couldn't understand her American name of Mary. It was just a non-offensive way to remind others that we need to be aware of things like this in our own classrooms.

"My name is María Isabel. For María Isabel Salazar López,
Maria Isabel goes to new school. She like the new school but don't like the new fake name is "Mary", the teacher called her Mary because there are to Maria in the class. She proud of her real name because is the same for her Papa's mother. The favourite holiday song for Maria Isabel is Hanukkah candles.

I'm reading the version of the book with the purple cover. I like this cover better because it shows the character's face. i Know she move or live in America from the flag, and she is student or
Ages 7-10
Publisher's Weekly; School Library Journal
Summary: A story about a young girl, Maria Isabel Salazar Lopez, who moves across the city and must start at a new school mid-year. Nervous about a new school Maria Isabel tries to do her best--but is struck by how much the teacher altering her name to Mary affects her studies and self esteem. She surrenders to self doubt all along reading Charlotte's Web, and finally realizes she must speak up when given the opportunity in a class ass
Adriana Mendoza
I read this book again as part of my author study. I had previously read this book in college. The story is about a young girl named Maria Isabel who is new to the school. Since the classroom has two Maria’s the teacher decides to call Maria Isabel-“Mary”. This really bothers Maria because she really appreciates her name. It is important to her.
This book would be suitable for ages 8 and 9. It is a good book to develop empathy for others, and an understanding of right and wrong. I would use this
Yorielis espinal
Base on what I learn this book is about a girl who name is maria and she is new in this country. Maria went to a new school, she did not know nobody from that school. Maria isabel know is trying to make more friends.

For me this is a great book

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Beautifully written middle reader about a student claiming her identity at a new school.
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Dr. Ada was the founder and First Editor in Chief of :
NABE, Journal of the National Association for Bilingual Education

She has been active for many years in various professional associations including : IRA, International Reading Association
CRA, California Reading Association
CABE, California Association for Bilingual Education
USIBBY, US Branch of the International
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