A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will learn about Filipino culture, food, and phrases. Also Spanish, German, and Italian words used in the story.
Friendship and perseverance are important themes. Find the courage to face your fears. Focus on the present instead of worrying about any potential mishaps. You don't have to be anyone but yourself.
Positive Role Models
The characters are kind, sensitive, and thoughtful. They support each other and apologize for their mistakes.
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.
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Violence & Scariness
A character teases Marisol because of her lack of coordination and kickball skills.
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Characters use "dumb" and "dummy."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Newbery-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly's Surely Surely Marisol Rainey is a sweet illustrated chapter book about friendship, courage, and perseverance. It follows the first book in the series, Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey. Kids will learn about Filipino culture, food, and phrases. Marisol is teased for her lack of coordination and kickball skills. A character also calls her someone's girlfriend. Mild insults include "dumb" and "dummy."
Is It Any Good?
Erin Entrada Kelly's sweet and endearing illustrated tale about friendship, perseverance, and overcoming self-doubt is a must-read for kids. Readers will love how Surely Surely Marisol Rainey's clever illustrations perfectly capture Marisol's anxiety and overthinking, like her "Brain Train" of worrisome thoughts and possible kickball disasters. Although she's afraid of embarrassing herself, Marisol's supportive friends and family help her see that she can succeed. As the story progresses, kids will find plenty of positive messages about being themselves, never giving up, and focusing on the present instead of worrying about the future.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.