Isabella is a 13 year old biracial girl who identifies only with half of her heritage. She avoids learning about her total identity until one day she realizes how important it is to learn about all of who she is.
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Books That Sow: Strength, Character & Diversity, DBA
Books That Sow: Strength, Character & Diversity
Isabella never wanted to learn to speak Spanish. But when her parents announce that they are moving the family to a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, Isabella becomes desperately afraid that she won't be able to fit in and grudgingly agrees to start Spanish lessons with her abuela.
But the lessons aren't as easy as she thought they would be. Abuela is a strict teacher and the words are a lot difficult to memorize than Isabella thought they would be, so at the goading of her best friend she decides to put a stop to them. Through a runaway adventure, a visit to her father in the hospital, and an introduction to a new kind of friend, Isabella comes to realize that Spanish may not be as bad as she thought, and that being able to communicate with people who share her heritage could be invaluable.
I've written No Tildes on Tuesday, so that I can express to readers the complexities that may arise in children's lives when they are not introduced and taught to appreciate both their heritages. When children, whether monocultural or multicultural, are taught early in life to embrace their heritage(s) and culture(s), and the heritage(s) and culture(s) of others: their school mates, neighbors and associates near and far, it only enhances and builds their self-worth as hearty and powerful individuals who are sure of themselves. Children should not fear loving and appreciating both and/or all of who they are, thus their total identity.