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This book touches on a topic that is very common in our Latino world: two last names.
I married a North American and in his world you usually don’t carry both last names. When we started having kids, we decided that they would have both our last names. Since we moved to South America, my boys have noticed that all their friends have very long names, so we shared with them that they also have two last names.
René does a great job of sharing why he decided to not be embarrassed of having two very long last names as a kid in a school in the U.S. Not only that, but he also shares his family pride as he talks about his decision.
After reading this book, my boys wanted to make a family tree as René did in the story. It was a wonderful activity to end with and we learned so much about family and cultural pride but also the reasons behind our choices. I especially enjoyed that each page is written in Spanish and English.
It’s a must-read for teachers who teach Latino children and for parents who like to share culture through books with their kids.
Title: René Tiene Dos Apellidos/René Has Two Last Names
Author: René Colato Lainez
Ilustrator: Fabiola Graullera Ramírez
Ages: 5 and up
Publisher/Year: Arte Publico Pr; Bilingual edition/2009
Price: $14.86 on Amazon.com