A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of information about marine life, other cultures, and how to navigate friendships as they change and grow.
Be open and honest about your feelings when you're hurt, and listen to what others say in return. Keep trying when things are hard. Don't hold grudges, and give new people a chance.
Positive Role Models
Stella's mother is warm and supportive, and her brother is the kind of loving older sibling kids dream of having. The other adults and teachers are kind and helpful toward all the kids.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Angela Dominguez's Stella Díaz Has Something to Say, the first book in her Stella Díaz series, is a soft, kindhearted take on some big issues facing kids every day. Stella gets picked on for having a hard time speaking in front of the class, feels shy around a new kid, and is worried that her best friend might ditch her for someone else. The support of her mom and big brother is a nice refuge for Stella, and adds a layer of kindness to the story. There's a lot of Spanish vocabulary here, along with tidbits about her Mexican heritage and her fear when she finds out that she's an "alien" but doesn't understand what that means. Young readers will see the steps Stella takes to become more confident, and see that it isn't always easy to change habits.
Is It Any Good?
Packed with positivity and a soft, nurturing undertone, author Angela Dominguez makes Stella's bilingual life both a centerpiece and a natural part of her every day in this uplifting, relatable story. Stella Díaz Has Something to Say takes the struggles many elementary school students feel about their place in the school, evolving friendships, family struggles, and doubting their own abilities and shows how to navigate those difficulties with grace, humor, and kindness. One key piece is the support Stella gets from her mom and her older brother, who understand what's happening and quietly help her see the big picture.
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