Julián Is A Mermaid

Julián Is A Mermaid

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While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes--and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018
ISBN: 9780763690458
Branch Call Number: E LOVE
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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Heading home from swimming with his grandmother, Julián is fascinated by glimpsing a mermaid trio in their subway car. He wishes he, too, could be a mermaid--but how could that be possible?

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Aug 06, 2018

Beautiful book! <3

May 26, 2018

A beautifully-illustrated picture book about a young person who gets to revel in a magical gender presentation, with the support of their well-dressed abuela. Words & pictures by someone I read as a white woman; here's an example (like Ezra Jack Keats) of white children's authors who represent children of color with reverence and care. An excellent pick for young people with imaginative streaks and families who want to explore the dynamism of gender together.


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