A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Information about ocean creatures and art, some Spanish words and culture, the physics behind an egg toss, and time-management techniques.
Follow your dreams and work hard, but also take time to relax. Speak up when your feelings are hurt, and ask for help when you need it.
Positive Role Models
Stella's mom is supportive and loving, and values Stella's opinions, as do her teachers and the other adults in her life. Her older brother is kind and cares about their family.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stella Díaz Dreams Big, the third book in the kind, uplifting series by Angela Dominguez, turns Stella's worries about school friends and how to balance her busy schedule into relatable moments. While sprinkling Spanish words and phrases into their conversations, Stella's mom helps her navigate the increased amount of homework in fourth grade and Stella's growing number of interests. Some moments hint toward growing up: There's a nice conversation about whether boys and girls can be "just friends" as they get older, and advice for dealing with feeling overwhelmed when they're overscheduled.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful story that emphasizes the importance of speaking up, asking for help, and paying attention to your feelings. Author Angela Dominguez has a nice message about dealing with being overscheduled by taking time away and setting boundaries, which applies to kids and adults alike. The Spanish words sprinkled throughout the story are a lovely acknowledgement of Stella's Mexican heritage and immigrant family, and help young readers see that even when words are different, feelings and relationships are universal.
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