Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela DominguezStella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Domingues
Genres: Children's Books
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In her first middle-grade novel, award-winning picture book author and illustrator Angela Dominguez tells a heartwarming story based on her own experiences growing up Mexican-American.

Stella Diaz loves marine animals, especially her betta fish, Pancho. But Stella Diaz is not a betta fish. Betta fish like to be alone, while Stella loves spending time with her mom and brother and her best friend Jenny. Trouble is, Jenny is in another class this year, and Stella feels very lonely.

When a new boy arrives in Stella's class, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes Stella accidentally speaks Spanish instead of English and pronounces words wrong, which makes her turn roja. Plus, she has to speak in front of her whole class for a big presentation at school! But she better get over her fears soon, because Stella Díaz has something to say!

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say introduces an infectiously charming new character with relatable writing and adorable black-and-white art throughout. Simple Spanish vocabulary is also integrated within the text, providing a bilingual element.

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say was an absolute joy to read! This book deals with so many relevant topics that plague our country today. Immigration, language barriers and bullying in schools are issues so many of our children face daily, characters such as Stella can help children see they are not alone. Diverse books are so essential in schools and in libraries. We need more characters like Stella.

 

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