|Reina Ramos works it out! (I Can Read! Level 2, Reina Ramos)|
Author: Otheguy, Emma
For wax museum day at school, Reina Ramos wants to dress up as Frida Kahlo and present her report in character. But when her best friend Nora picks Frida first, Reina doesn't know what to do. Why would Nora do that? And who will Reina dress up as now?
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2022 Reina is excited when her teacher announces that her class will be doing a special “Wax Museum” presentation, in which each child can dress up as their favorite historical figure. Reina knows just who she is going to be—Frida Kahlo. She shares her idea with her best friend, Nora, but when it’s time to tell their teacher who they will dress up as, Nora picks Frida Kahlo. Reina is devastated! How could Nora be so mean? Nora, on the other hand, says she thought Reina suggested Kahlo because she knows how much Nora loves to paint. The girls make up and exchange hugs. At home, Reina’s abuela gives her granddaughter a new idea for the presentation. She’ll be Celia Cruz, la Reina de la Salsa (Queen of Salsa). This level 2 beginning reader contains an engaging, relatable story for emergent readers that features simple text, a sprinkling of Spanish vocabulary, and sweet illustrations on each page. A short glossary of Spanish words and a list of the famous figures (all Latinx) mentioned in the story conclude. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2022 PreS-Gr 2—Reina Ramos, a Latinx girl, is excited to dress up as Frida Kahlo for the class wax museum. But when her best friend picks Frida first, Reina becomes upset and isn't sure what to do. She will need to find a way to work things out with her friend and decide on another famous figure to embody. Young readers may have questions about what wax museums are, but the diverse characters introduced—Celia Cruz, Roberto Clemente, and Ellen Ochoa—plus the Spanish words and positive messages about managing conflict and problem-solving make this a welcome addition to beginning reader collections. Back matter includes definitions for the Spanish words used in the book, as well as photos and brief descriptions of all the famous Latinx individuals named. VERDICT Recommended for beginning reader collections, especially those lacking Latinx representation.—Amy Fellows - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.