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Ana's Story by Jenna Bush
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Mar 17, 2008

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bookshelves: library-book, children, feminist
Read in March, 2008

Narrative nonfiction based on author’s work with UNICEF in the Caribbean and Central America. Aimed at children – late elementary, early middle school. Not as bad as I’d expected; I got it mostly expecting to laugh at president’s daughter’s efforts. Bits where she’s just telling the story are pretty readable, clean and simple. It’s when she throws in her perspective, tries to tie in her themes, that it gets cliché. Text is peppered with basic Spanish, either explicitly or contextually translated, and it mostly works, although sometimes not:
“Berto leaned over and whispered into Ana’s ear: ‘Me gustas.’
Ana trembled. She felt the words like a flush through her body. Berto had said, ‘I like you.’ These three words changed everything for Ana.” (157, HarperCollins 2007)
Melodrama aside, it really bothers me that she writes “three words” when “me gustas” is two. Surely that could be rewritten somehow to get “me gustas” immediately before that last sentence so it could at least say “two words.”

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