Picture Book. I can smell the apartment that Julián shares with his abuela. Will Abuela be angry? Julián makes me uncomfortable. by Candlewick. May 1, 2020 Alexander Fernández Bookshelf 2 comments. I’m just not an, When you walk into another person’s home, there’s always a distinct smell to the place. A series of suggested reading activities linked to the book “JULIAN IS A MERMAID” by Jessica Love. This upset me. It is this experience of walking into a house and being overwhelmed by the sense of the place that I hope for in my picture books. What do you think he likes about being a mermaid? Do you have parades or celebrations in your city or town in which people dress up in a certain way? Join now, In JULIAN IS A MERMAID, Julián spies some women on the subway who are dressed like mermaids. Julian is still dreaming of mermaids, and while she’s gone, Julian uses things around the house to dress himself up. This is a cute story about being yourself. On his way home from swimming with his Nana they board a train. City life pictured: traveling by subway, cooling off in fire hydrant sprinklers, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Stonewall Book Award for Children’s Literature (2019), Jane Addams Children's Book Award for Younger Children Honor (2019), Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Nominee for Illustrator (2019), NAIBA Book of the Year for Picture Book (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Picture Books (2018). I thought this book was so wholesome and adorable. Illustrations in the book are descriptive and "real." April 4, 2019 / amiespudgetaylor. GRADES PRE-2. Enjoy! His abuela helps him realize his dream. Start by marking “Julián Is a Mermaid” as Want to Read: Error rating book. illus. “Like you, mijo,” says Abuela. Start to finish, this story of gender and identity is a pleasure. And by handling most of the story visually, author-illustrator Jessica Love avoids text that might clang or seem preachy. Book Review: Julian Is A Mermaid. More broadly, it is about acceptance, and the power of those closest to children either to shame them into harmful conformity or to welcome and celebrate their self-expression. I’m there because Jessica Love has been granted a very remarkable gift. You can make your own creative costumes yourself, out of what you have at hand. The final sea-themed parade was just lovely. Author-illustrator Love depicts a vibrant community where everyone's brown-skinned. Families can talk about the mermaids in Julián Is a Mermaid. All rights reserved. We’d love your help. In three wordless spreads, he imagines himself transforming into a mermaid and receiving the gift of a necklace from a big, patterned fish. Suggest an update to this review. It exceeded my expectations and shows kids that they shouldn’t be ashamed of their interests. Browse titles with similar subject matter. This heart-warming children’s book is a winner of the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award for its tender treatment of a little boy and his grandmother. Candlewick, 04/2018. What about you? Review: Julián Is a Mermaid. This includes equality for all children, including the right of a child to express herself or himself. Different kinds of fish and sea creatures pictured. It is also funny and heartfelt. © Common Sense Media. My five year old thoroughly enjoyed reading about Julian and his fondness for mermaids. She can make paint reflect reality. this is the most wholesome book I’ve read all year, I had not yet reviewed this fabulous children's book, which I read in June 2018, other than to rate it a fantastic five stars. Love sets her story in a neighborhood that's urban -- Julián and Abuela take the subway, and girls cavort in a fire hydrant sprinkler -- but she slyly shows us that they also live near the ocean: That's a seagull, not a pigeon, strutting on the sidewalk. Abuela, with her lined face and seen-it-all, often inscrutable expression, is a character study in stern, no-nonsense love, and there's real dramatic tension when she discovers Julián dressed as mermaid. It is this experience of walking into a house and being overwhelmed by the sense of the place that I hope for in my picture books. Unconditional Love within. I loved it! Julián Is a Mermaid is an American children's picture book by Jessica Love.