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.
ISBN: 9780763690458
Branch Call Number: E FIC LOVE
Characteristics: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 06, 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, as 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!

Hillsboro_ArynO Oct 19, 2018

Lovely illustrations and an equally lovely message in a story about being true to yourself and acceptance.

strangegazelle Oct 04, 2018

Echoing what everyone else here has already said, the illustrations are superb - taking advantage of a soft, sort-of-muted color palette. It's a sweet look at identity and self expression as well.

JCLBeckyC Sep 25, 2018

Luscious illustrations help tell the magical story of a boy who discovers something special about himself with the help of his beautiful abuela and some mesmerizing mermaids. Author Jessica Love's body positive picture book is a lesson in love of all shapes and sizes.

LibrarianDjaz Aug 31, 2018

When Julián sees a group of mermaids on the subway, he's entranced. He decides to become one. With the help of his abuela, he completes his mermaid attire and they head to the mermaid parade together.

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.

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