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Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  708 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Introducing eight-year-old Marisol Rainey!

Marisol Rainey’s mother was born in the Philippines. Marisol’s father works and lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. And Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard she calls Peppina . . . but she’s way too scared to climb it. This all makes Marisol the only gir
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 4th 2021 by Greenwillow Books
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Erin Kelly
Nov 05, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi, friends. Meet Marisol. She is sweet, kind-hearted, quiet, and sensitive. She's afraid of many things, like climbing trees or speaking in front of the class. She loves playing the Claw machine. She loves her stuffed animals. She loves her best friend, Jada. She loves cats, silent films, nachos, lumpia, and banana splits.

Marisol is basically me, when I was a little girl in Lake Charles, La.

She's happy to meet you, even if she's too quiet to say so.
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
When I think of Erin Entrada Kelly's stories, I think of honesty. Here, for a slightly younger audience, she is honest about fears, about friendship, about jealousy, about family, and in the introduction, about herself.

Marisol's take on the on the world is fresh and creative and any reader will care about her, laugh with her, and understand that she, like them, has things they're afraid of that are actually friendly in the end, when ready to maybe maybe take them on.

"That's the thing about bes
Hazel 2019
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Won’t lie, I LOVED this middle grade book. It’s about a girl dealing with her fears and anxiety, it’s about how she relates to her friends and family and how in the end she conquers her fears. Very relatable and genuine. You’ll definitely be rooting for Marisol!

Got this ARC as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
Jul 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! One of the best glimpses into the mind and heart of a sensitive, anxious youngster that I have ever read. What I love here is that there is never anything "wrong" with Marisol. There are hints that some people feel she is "too sensitive" (her dad getting frustrated when she cries after he squishes a bug in the house, for example) but for the most part she is accepted for who she is and she accepts herself. Her sensitivity is not seen as a flaw. The catalyst for change comes not from without ...more
Belles Middle Grade Library
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a charming, endearing character Marisol is! I adored this story. Marisol Rainey's mother was born in the Philippines. Marisol's father works & lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. & Marisol, who has a big imagination & likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard she calls Peppina-but she’s way too scared to climb it. This all makes Marisol the only girl in her small Louisiana town w/a mother who was born elsewhere & a father who lives elsewhere (most of the t ...more
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to the chapter book crowd, Marisol. Early readers are going to love meeting you. Some of them are also afraid to climb a tree like Peppina. I'll bet many of them also have a cat like Jelly Bean and maybe even several stuffed cats named after their favorite foods. Jada is so good at being your best friend and she has already figured out how to climb Peppina. Maybe maybe you will soon be able to join her. Don't worry, Marisol. There is plenty of time to climb that tree when you are bigger. ...more
Jun 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-kids-books
Disappointing. I've read other books by this author that I've enjoyed much more. It's a random, book about a young girl who is scared to climb a tree and succeeds in the end. The message is good, but the way the story it told is not appealing - random dialogues of the girl's imagination and all the nicknames she gives for things. It think it's meant to be endearing, but I find it just plain annoying. (Reminds me of the writing style of Dory Fantasmagory which was also annoying.) Apparently, this ...more
Lindsey Stoddard
Loved reading this with my children. Great conversations about friendship, courage, and the importance of a good pity party ;)
Asher W
Aug 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Its a really nice book 📚 and I love it 🥰. Its about this kid and she is really scared to climb up a tree 🌳. Because everyone else has climbed up the tree. Even her best friend. Will she climb the tree?
Alex  Baugh
Marisol Rainey, 8, lives in Getty, Louisiana with her Filipino mom, her brother Oz, 12, and her white American dad who is an electrician and works on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Three days a week, dad checks in with his family on the computer and one week a month he helicopters home to visit. Marisol is in the habit of naming things, for example, the refrigerator is named Buster Keaton, an old timey actor from a silent film Marisol watched. In the backyard is a tall magnolia tree named Pep ...more
Joanne Kelleher
May 27, 2021 rated it liked it
An easy, gentle story about friendship and overcoming your fears.
Andrea Arango
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love middle grade, but it's usually too hard for many of my elementary school ESOL students to access. (Even too much for middle school students to access, if they're still a level 1 or 2.)

MAYBE MAYBE MARISOL RAINEY, though, is the kind of magical chapter book that hits the sweet spot of being written for younger kids without actually feeling childish. (Which is so SO hard to do.) I personally know several third grade girls who would both LOVE this *and* feel super proud for actually being abl
Abby Johnson
This is a really sweet early chapter book series starter about a young Filipino American girl who is intent on conquering her fear of climbing the tree in her backyard. Perfect for fans of gentle chapter books like Alvin Ho or Jasmine Toguchi, this book is also a wonderful example of a child embracing a growth mindset. Marisol can admit to herself and her best friend when climbing the tree feels like too big a challenge, but she's also determined to one day conquer her fear and she makes small s ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
This charming story about a girl facing her fears is delightfully illustrated by the author!
Eight-year-old Marisol Rainey has a proclivity for naming trees, bicycles, and even her stuffed animals. She has a vivid imagination, and she and her best friend Jada George love doing everything together, including learning snippets of other languages and riding their bikes around the neighborhood. But while Jada has no problem climbing Peppina, the large magnolia tree in Marisol's yard, Marisol is afraid of getting hurt while climbing it. Even though it takes several days and weeks before she ...more
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Marisol Rainey, half-Filipino daughter to a dad who works on an oil rig, and best friend to a most understanding and supportive gal, Jada, is experiencing some form of anxiety – she frets over many

decisions and the eminently climbable magnolia in her back yard makes her heart pound. Erin Entrada Kelly beckons readers into Marisol's world where they will share her concerns, love her cat, and value Jada's unwavering loyalty. Kelly tackles challenging content such as bullying, uncertainty, and fam
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook but will definitely need a physical copy to enjoy the illustrations.

I loved Marisol and how the book begins with her relationship with the tree, Peppina. It was a fantastic story for 3 reasons:
1-cyclical ending
3-being brave
Pam  Page
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Marisol Rainey is such a delightful character. Kids will laugh throughout the book with Marisol's names for everything (the tree, the car, even her dresser!) and the many anecdotes with her friend, Jada. Such a sweet family story, friendship story, and overcoming your fears story! A winner! ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey is like when your favorite cool aunt sits next to you on the porch steps and listens to all your goofy childish stories and makes you feel like the most important person in the world at that moment. it is a chapter book, just 160 pages long, but it is so much more than that. Erin Entrada Kelly writes books that tell kids that their fears, their worries, their ideas are valid, and I'm delighted that younger readers will hear this message too. Marisol is a quirky kid wit ...more
Kath Lau
I listened to the audiobook and I was quite surprised when I've reached the end before I finished my afternoon walk. I wasn't expecting it to be that short and obviously I didn't check the length of the book.

Marisol is a very delightful character. She is very sweet and has a rich imagination. She loves to name everything (like their couch and fridge) around her. She named her stuffed animals after her favorite Filipino food and she calls the magnolia tree in their backyard Peppina. I liked that
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey is an adorable illustrated chapter book about a young girl who despite being riddled with fears and anxieties, also has a strong desire to overcome them. Marisol is really a sweet little girl. She loves her stuffed animals, cat and her best friend, Jada. Her nickname is "Scraps" after a Charlie Chaplin movie and her favorite food is nachos. She's kind, sensitive and despite being considered quiet, she also seems to feel things deeply. She reminds me a lot of Matilda a ...more
May 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"But Marisol believes that all things—all important things, anyway—should have their own names. She wouldn’t want to be called “human” or “girl,” after all. Why should it be any different for refrigerators and trees?

Marisol is cute little pie that curious about anything around her. It tells story of marisol and her anxiety with the tree behind her house since she afraid to climb peppina. I really how the story push in Marisol relationship with her family and friends, and in the end she can o
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Heart warming early chapter book about a young girl growing up in Louisiana and confronting some of her fears. Like tree climbing. Maybe. 😉
Kelly Riley
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey” is a sweet and endearing illustrated chapter book about 8-year-old Marisol who is afraid of everything, especially of climbing Peppina, the magnolia tree in her Louisiana backyard. Marisol takes her time giving names to inanimate objects, and she has a very vivid imagination. She loves silent movies, cats (but she doesn’t want to be one), and her bold and daring best friend, Jada. Kids will love reading about Marisol’s multiethnic family and her journey toward tackli ...more
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
Pub Date: May 4,2021
I may be very biased but I love this book! Marisol Rainey is the character we all can’t help rooting for. This children’s chapter book illustrated by the author herself is a precious gem. Marisol is sweet and sensitive. She loves to give names to everything around her. She loves cats, her best friend in life is named Jada. Marisol names her stuff animals according to her favorite food and she even named the hu
Sep 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
A pretty typical first or second grader, spunky Marisol Rainey has an active imagination. For the most part, that's a good thing. She and her best friend, Jada, have all kinds of fun together. They have a secret language. They pretend they're wild animals. They discover a bird's nest in the backyard tree. But there are some things that scare Marisol. Evie Smythe, a girl at school, isn't very nice. There's Daggers, the neighborhood dog, who seems pretty ferocious. And, that tree in the backyard i ...more
Cassie Thomas
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Marisol Rainey is the most down to earth 8 year old I’ve ever met in a story. She’s so real, so raw. I love that Erin shared she’s a reflection of herself as a kid, which makes it all that more indulging. You get to know Erin as a child through the character development of Marisol.
Marisol has fears. She sometimes feels ashamed of these fears, but with a best friend, Jada, who is always supportive, she knows deep down she can do anything. Maybe, just maybe, she will muster up that courage. Espec
Sandy Brehl
This gentle and realistic story reveals Marisol's creativity and lively personality (including delightful impulses to name not only stuffed toys but household appliances, natural objects, and anything in her life that can be infused with personality by allowing it a unique identity). We also recognize how that lively imagination hers amps up anxiety about potential negative outcomes from everyday actions, even things she is eager to do and enjoy. There is much grace and depth to Marisol, her kin ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
4 1/2 stars. Everyone agrees the big tree in Marisol’s backyard is perfect. And while Marisol is the one who named it Peppina, she is the only one afraid to climb it. Luckily there are lots of other fun things to do with her best friend Jada. But the thing about trees is they are patient and when Jada discovers a nest, with a ribbon from their balloons, Marisol knows it’s time to be brave.
Told in short chapters, with plenty of charming, line illustrations. A perfect beginning chapter book fro em
 Rose Villaraza
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very lighthearted and heartwarming chapter book that would inspire courage and bravery among its readers, whether children or children-at-heart.

Easily one you can finish in one sitting. I listened to the audiobook on Scribd and before I knew it, I've reached the end of the book. This is perfect for any young reader who's trying to conquer their fear. Be like Marisol Rainey, witty, thoughtful, over-all loveable, and brave!
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“Maybe we should focus on Beans for now,’ Mrs. Rainey says.

Beans saunters into the room, as if he knew they’d be talking about him. He stops to lick his paws.

‘Maybe,’ Marisol says. ‘But he can’t sing or eat with his feet.’

‘Neither can your brother, but we keep him,’ Mrs. Rainey says.

Marisol shrugs. ‘If you want to trade Oz for a parrot, I wouldn’t mind.”
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