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
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780763690458
Branch Call Number: jE LOVE 2018
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm


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Grade PrK-2. When riding the subway home, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up as mermaids. When he gets home, all he can think about is dressing up and creating his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will his Abuela think about how Julián sees himself?

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LPL_MeredithW Aug 05, 2018

A sweet, beautifully illustrated story of family acceptance and joy.

Jul 27, 2018

Julian is a beautiful mermaid, and this is a beautiful book.

ArapahoeWinnie Jul 26, 2018

LOVED this book! Beautiful illustrations, few words and lots of opportunities to imagine. Very fun.

ArapahoeMary Jul 16, 2018

In spare text and absolutely gorgeous illustrations, Julián fulfills his dream of being a mermaid.

ArapahoeSteffen Jul 12, 2018

The best of it's kind.
This book should be read to any and every child with an imagination by any adult with one.

ArapahoeBridget Jul 07, 2018

The art in this book is amazing, and the story is beautifully sweet. A warm, swirly, mermaid filled summer read!

ArapahoeLesley Jul 06, 2018

Lovely picture book. Beautiful drawings, minimal words, filled with imagination.

Jul 05, 2018

One of the most stunning picture books of 2018, hands-down, and we're just halfway through the year! Every tiny detail in this book is so lovely - from the endpapers changing from a swimming pool in the front to a blue ocean full of mermaids in the back, to the recurring patterns (the fish with the necklace & Julián's abuela's dress)... You could pore over this for hours and still find something new and beautiful on each page. The fact that the story itself is so warm and loving, on top of the fantastic illustrations, makes this a book I will be telling everyone about this year (and beyond).

LoganLib_Kirra Jul 03, 2018

A beautifully illustrated children's book with a great theme of acceptance and enjoying what makes you happy even if it's different!

Jun 28, 2018

Julián is fabulous! What a positive message of imagination, individuality, and acceptance this picture book brings to light. At first I was worried that Julián's abuela would crush his desire to dress as a mermaid, she is very much a no-nonsense grandmother, but I felt ALL the warm snugglies by the end. Abuela brings Julián to a seaside festival with a diverse collection of mermaids, including some drag queens, and you get the sense that he has found his tribe. The illustrations in this book are stunning, and the character designs are so unique. I could stare at Abuela all day! I definitely want to gift this book to one of my lucky nieces.

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