Before the world can tell you who you should be and before the world has a chance to convince you that you aren't made of the right stuff, there is a delicious, delightful time of freedom when you let yourself flow out and you are fully alive. Julián is in that gorgeous space when he sees three women dressed as mermaids on his way home from the local pool. As the subway rides on toward home, his mind carries him off imagining his own amazing transformation.
At home with his abuela Julián finds exactly what he needs to become a mermaid, to become himself in a new way. It's a metamorphosis. Luckily, his abuela knows she is watching him fall in love with himself and with the world that holds so so many possibilities and dreams for him.
A beautiful book about creating our own sense of self, our own pathway and celebrating the wonder in this gift we call life.
40 pages 978-0763690458 Ages 5-9
In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.
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? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.--from the publisher
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com