I am Rene, the boy = Soy Rene, el nino
I am Rene, the boy = Soy Rene, el nino

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Annotation: When Rene learns that in the United States his name is also a girl's name, he does some research and relates the name's meaning and letters to his homeland of El Salvador and the things that make him special.
Catalog Number: #148357
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2005
Illustrator: Graullera Ramirez, Fabiola,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-558-85378-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-31819-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-558-85378-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-31819-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2004044640
Dimensions: 22 x 28 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Kirkus Reviews
<p>Humorous illustrations, marked by oversized heads, mildly Cubist perspectives and rich pastels, combine with a wry narrative tone to fashion a marvelous look not simply at names shared by boys and girls, but also the transformation required of Spanish-speaking children as they remake themselves into English speakers. RenA the boy, a native El Salvadoran, is taken aback and then relieved to learn the name of the new girl in his class: taken aback that it's pronounced the same as his, relieved that it's spelled Renee. His discomfort leads him to research his name and write about it for a school essay contest, which he wins. The text moves swiftly forward in both English and Spanish, and RenA's essay provides a convincing and pertinent way for the author to point out the strong benefits of being bilingual and bi-national. A winner all-around. (Picture book. 6-9)</p>
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 In El Salvador, René feels confident, brave, and tough. Then he comes to the United States and must cope with a new culture and a new language. Dismayed when he learns that René is a girl's name, he feels better when he finds out that the feminine version is spelled with a double "e." An essay contest at school gives him a chance to put his research to good use and to celebrate both his name and his heritage. Based on the author's own experience, the story feels nonetheless a bit forced. The winning essay is too long to hold most children's interest, though sympathy for René's name troubles will be pretty universal. The Spanish translation reads slightly more smoothly than the English text. Ramírez's bright cartoon illustrations have a Tedd Arnoldesque pop-eyed charm. The color washes are luminous and the detail satisfying. While not as sensitive a treatment as Alma Flor Ada's Me llamo Maria Isabel/My Name Is Maria Isabel (S & S, 1994), this story will prompt discussion and empathy for students struggling with language acquisition and cultural change.
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 1,189
Reading Level: 3.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 86822SP / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD540L

Young Rene's teacher is calling role one morning, and Rene is dismayed to hear someone else answer to his name. It's not only that he thought he was the only person with that name, but also that the new student who answers is a girl. That afternoon his classmates tease, Rene has a girl's name. After discussing it with Mama and Papa, Rene decides his name is so beautiful that a girl copied it from him, not the other way around. But the next day at school the new girl sits by him ... is behind him every time they line up ... shares her apple with him ... and at recess tells him she wants to be his best friend ... everywhere he turns, there's Rene the girl. One day at the library, Rene discovers a book called The Meaning of Names. With the book tucked under his arm, Rene endeavors to win the first writing contest of the school year. Complimented by playful illustrations, this bilingual picture book follows Colato Lainez's own experiences, when he was faced with a challenge to his own namas a child. This witty story about a young boy's odyssey to find out the meaning of his name will challenge readers aged 3 to 7 to chart cross-cultural differences by gaining an understanding about themselves and the people around them."e

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