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Rene Has Two Last Names / Rene Tiene DOS Apellidos

Colato Lainez, Rene

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Title: Rene Has Two Last Names / Rene Tiene DOS ...

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: HRD

Book Condition:New

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"On the first day at my new school, my teacher, Miss Soria, gave me a sticker that said Rene Colato. The sticker was missing my second last name. Maybe Miss Soria's pen ran out of ink. I took my pencil and added it. Now it looked right: Rene Colato Lainez.''

Young Rene is from El Salvador, and he doesn't understand why his name has to be different in the United States. When he writes Colato, he sees his paternal grandparents, Rene and Amelia. When he writes Lainez, he sees his maternal grandparents, Angela and Julio. Without his second "like a hamburger without the meat or a pizza without cheese or a hot dog without a wiener."

His new classmates giggle when Rene tells them his name. "That's a long dinosaur name," one says. "Your name is longer than an anaconda," another laughs. But Rene doesn't want to lose the part of him that comes from his mother's family. So when the students are given a project to create a family tree, Rene is determined to explain the importance of using both of his last names. On the day of his presentation, Rene explains that he is as hard working as Abuelo Rene, who is a farmer, and as creative as his Abuela Amelia, who is a potter. He can tell stories like his Abuelo Julio and enjoys music like his Abuela Angela.
This charming bilingual picture book for children ages 4 - 8 combines the winning team of author Rene Colato Lainez and illustrator Fabiola Graullera Ramirez, and follows their award-winning collaboration, I Am Rene, the Boy / Soy Rene, el nino. With whimsical illustrations and entertaining text, this sequel is sure to please fans and gain many new ones while explaining an important Hispanic cultural tradition.

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RENE COLATO LAINEZ came to the United States from El Salvador as a teen, and he writes about his experiences in children's books such as Waiting for Papa / Esperando a Papa (Pinata Books, 2004) and I Am Rene, the Boy / Soy Rene, el nino (Pinata Books, 2005), which received Special Recognition in the 2006 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. His book, Playing Loteri­a / El juego de la loteria (Luna Rising, 2005), was a finalist in the 2007-2008 Tejas Star Book Award, was named to Criticas magazine's ''Best Children s Books'' of 2005 and received the 2008 New Mexico Book Award for Best Children's Book. Rene is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults and a bilingual elementary teacher at Fernangeles Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

FABIOLA GRAULLERA RAMIREZ, a native of Mexico City, graduated from UNAM's National School of Fine Arts with a degree in Graphic Communication. Her work has been part of collective exhibits in Mexico and Spain. She has illustrated many picture books, including I Am Rene, the Boy / Soy Rene, el nino (Pinata Books, 2005).

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