A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Words in different languages such as Tagalog, Spanish, French, and German are sprinkled throughout the story. Readers will also be introduced to silent film stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Mary Pickford.
Courage, family, and freindship are important themes. Find the courage to try new things and face your fears.
Positive Role Models
Marisol is a sweet, sensitive, kind, and funny young girl who finds the courage to face her fears without feeling pressured. Jada is a supportive, thoughtful best friend who never judges Marisol and reassures her that she'll catch Marisol if she falls. Diverse representations include Filipino, Filipino American, and African American characters. Marisol's mom was born in the Philippines, and her dad works and lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Violence & Scariness
Marisol often imagines herself falling from the tree.
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Mild insults include "stupid."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Newbery-wining author Erin Entrada Kelly's Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey is a sweet and endearing illustrated chapter book about two 8-year-olds' friendship and finding the courage to face your fears. Words in different languages such as Tagalog, Spanish, German, and French are sprinkled throughout the story. Readers will also be introduced to silent film stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Mary Pickford. Marisol often imagines herself falling from the giant magnolia tree in her backyard. Mild insults include "stupid."
Is It Any Good?
Erin Entrada Kelly's endearing illustrated chapter book about family, friendship, and courage is perfect for early readers. Kids will love Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey's short chapters, charming illustrations, and relatable characters. They'll also appreciate the sweet, supportive friendship between Marisol and Jada. Marisol may be afraid of many things, but Jada never pushes her best friend to do anything that would make her uncomfortable. Instead, she reassures Marisol that she'll catch her if she falls. As the story progresses, readers will learn what it means to be a good friend and root for Marisol as she finds the courage to face her fears.
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