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The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora
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This story’s main character is Estelita, or at school she is known as Stella. It is written for 3rd through 6th grade, but I feel that it can be read to younger students as well. The book is written in English, but incorporates the Spanish language throughout. It is a story of a Mexican family. Estelita’s parents do not speak any English. Throughout the book she continually points out in ways in which her and her family are different and the fact that it bothers her. She says her mother does not wear colors or makeup and is quiet. Estelita likes school and is very excited to attend the May parade in which she gets to dress up as a tulip. She wants her tulip costume to be all the colors of the rainbow, but when she realized that all of the other girls dressed in one color she feels embarrassed and like an outsider. During the parade she looks at her mother and starts to wish that her mother would learn English, dress like the other mothers, and then she wishes her teacher could speak Spanish so that her mother would know what a good student she is. She realizes that like her rainbow tulip costume that it is hard to be different, but it is also fun. This is my favorite book, because I feel that any minority in a classroom will be able to relate to this story, especially Hispanic girls. It will really help those students struggling to fit in the English language culture and a lot of them are going through the same turmoil as Estelita.

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