The Rainbow Tulip

Stella loves her family and her Mexican heritage, but she doesn t always like being different from the other kids at school Now her class is going to dance around the Maypole at the school s May parade, and Stella wants her tulip costume to be special, even if she won t look like the other girls at school Sometimes being different can be exciting This touching story thaStella loves her family and her Mexican heritage, but she doesn t always like being different from the other kids at school Now her class is going to dance around the Maypole at the school s May parade, and Stella wants her tulip costume to be special, even if she won t look like the other girls at school Sometimes being different can be exciting This touching story that celebrates diversity is based on author Pat Mora s mother s childhood and is brought to life by Elizabeth Sayles s evocative paintings.Illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles.
The Rainbow Tulip Stella loves her family and her Mexican heritage but she doesn t always like being different from the other kids at school Now her class is going to dance around the Maypole at the school s May parad

  • Title: The Rainbow Tulip
  • Author: Pat Mora Elizabeth Sayles
  • ISBN: 9780142500095
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Rainbow Tulip”

    1. Pat Mora's The Rainbow Tulip (which according to the author's note seems to be loosely based on the author's own childhood experiences as a Mexican immigrant in Texas) generally and for all intents and purposes both effectively and sweetly/heartfully presents how being different, how having a different cultural or ethnic background, and yes, how even having a different type of imagination and colour appreciation can feel and can be like an obstacle or at least a potentially problematic issue to [...]

    2. The author’s note in the back of the book makes clear that this story is from a memory of the author’s mother about herself as a little girl and about her mother and family and schoolmates. I’m not sure if it’s pure non-fiction but I’m willing enough to put it on my non-fiction shelves. There’s even a photo on the same page as the author’s note of the author’s mother as a very little girl pictured with the author’s grandmother.The story communicates so effectively what it can f [...]

    3. A sweet story about a little girl (Stella) who, despite her love of school and her friends, lives a bit of a dual life between her vibrant days at school with her American friends and her quiet, traditional home life with her Mexican immigrant parents. Her sense of being "different" reaches a climax when, in the May Day parade, she chooses to be a rainbow tulip whereas all the other little girls have chosen only one color for their costumes. Her mother only speaks Spanish and cannot befriend the [...]

    4. I think it's nice and beautiful and graceful like me. And it's also beautiful and those tulips make me so happy and feel like dancing.

    5. The Rainbow Tulip is realistic fiction. A young Mexican-American girl is the narrator; she goes by Estelita at home and by Stella at school. Estelita loves her mother, but she complains that she does not speak English and dresses plainly whereas the other mothers speak English and dress in bright colors. At school, Stella’s teacher informs the class that they will participate in the May parade; girls will be tulips and boys will wear nice shirts and trousers. Rather than choosing to be just on [...]

    6. A sweet, quiet story about being different. Estelita is caught between two cultures—at home, she speaks Spanish with her immigrant parents, but at school she goes by Stella and speaks English. She feels this acutely on May Day, when her family makes her a rainbow costume and all the other girls are dressed in only one color. Mora incorporates Spanish words to reflect the story’s bilingual protagonist and shows that Estelita’s loving family helps her deal with being different. The illustrat [...]

    7. This book is a great book to read to ESOL students. This book talks about the struggles of speaking one language at school and another one at home as well as the struggles of being different from your classmates. The books offers a new perspective on being different and how it can be exciting and fun. This book would be different way of showing children that it is okay to embrace there culture even if that makes them "different" from everyone else. This book would be great for a first day of sch [...]

    8. I liked the book, especially its illustrations. However, the book was a little long and I’m not sure if I would read this aloud to the lower grade levels.

    9. This book is about a fictional girl named Stella whose parents moved from Mexico to the United States and whom do not speak English. Furthermore, she feels like her mother is very different from other mothers because of how she talks and dresses. There is a play at school and Stella wants her costume to be rainbow colors, versus singled colored like the other children's. In the end she learns it is okay and hard to be different as somethings are bittersweet, like lemon sherbet. Futhuremore, you [...]

    10. This is a picture book that celebrates diversity as it represents Stella’s Mexican culture. The soft, warm pastel drawings depict the strong relationship that exists between the main character, Stella, and her family and also her life at school. The illustrations accurately depict the clothing, hairstyles, physical appearance, and colors that are most commonly found in the Latino culture. The Spanish language plays an important role in this story. Spanish words are scattered throughout the sto [...]

    11. Good Reads 2 #4SummaryEstelita is in first grade; her parents are from Mexico and speak Spanish, but she and her brothers speak English and go to school in America. Estelita is a very good student and likes her teacher. Sometimes she wishes her mother would speak English and dress like the other moms. Estelita decides to dress up in a rainbow tulip costume for the May Parade, while the other girls dress up in solid colors. This makes Estelita stand out and feel different, but her kind mother rem [...]

    12. Sweet book about a Mexican-American girl who struggles with feeling "different" when her aunt makes her a rainbow tulip costume for a May Day parade. I was predisposed to like this book as it was about two interesting topics to me (cultural diversity/ immigration, and May Day) and was not disappointed. A little like a softer, gentler version of Molly's Pilgrim, the book shows how a child navigates the cultural differences between Anglo/ white school culture and immigrant home culture. This is a [...]

    13. This story’s main character is Estelita, or at school she is known as Stella. It is written for 3rd through 6th grade, but I feel that it can be read to younger students as well. The book is written in English, but incorporates the Spanish language throughout. It is a story of a Mexican family. Estelita’s parents do not speak any English. Throughout the book she continually points out in ways in which her and her family are different and the fact that it bothers her. She says her mother does [...]

    14. This story, which is actually about the author's mother's childhood, deals with a young girl whose family comes from Mexico and who is having some difficulty in the U.S. with being different. While she loves her family dearly, she also wishes her mother could talk to her teacher in English and look more like the other mothers. Stella, or Estelita, becomes an embodiment of the spot she fills between two cultures by taking part in a May Day pageant with her class while dressed in a rainbow colored [...]

    15. Just as her heritage, Spanish-speaking mother, and culture set Estelita apart from her classmates so does her insistence in wearing a multi-colored tulip costume to the May parade. After her Tia creates a beautifully colorful costume for her, she fears that the many-colored dress will set her even farther apart from her friends. Even though the boys snicker, the wise and loving teacher makes Estelita feel special, just as every child deserves to feel. It is our differences that make us special a [...]

    16. This book would be considered a multi-cultural book because it is about a girl named Estilita, and her mother and father who are from Mexico but they all live here in the United States. Estilita's parents do not know how to speak English, so inside her house she speaks Spanish, and outside her house she speaks English. Estilata and her school are goiing to be in the May parade and her teacher Mrs. Douglas ask the girls to wear a tulip costume. Estilita has a great idea for her Tulip costume, she [...]

    17. This is the story of a little girl who chooses to dress like a rainbow tulip for the special holiday in May. She feels a bit out of place because she stands out with her brightly colored dress.She also wishes she could be more like the other children since her hispanic mother speaks little English and does not dress like the other moms. However, at teh end she realizes her mom loves her and takes very good care of her, so that really doesn't matter.

    18. I loved the illustrated paintings in this book. They were so soft and really mirror Stella's mother. This book is great for bringing awareness to multiculture diversity and the trials immigrants have to overcome such as language barriers. However, this book also portrays the way immigrants should be treated, as Stella's teacher and classmates are very kind to her.

    19. A story describing the meeting of two different cultures, The Rainbow Tulip is told from the point of view of Estelita (or Stella as she is called at school). Stella's family is Hispanic and her parents do not speak English. The book explores her feelings about being different.This could be related to family and identity in Social Studies, or to community.

    20. A lovely little story, written from an honest perspective that feels direct and simple. There are some wonderful themes in this story, but the author does not try to hit you in the face with them. They are subtlety embedded in the story of a little girl's rainbow tulip costume. The illustrations are simple, but sweet, featuring soft colors beautifully complementing one another.

    21. I love, love, loved this book! It is a great resource for teaching children not only the good in being different, but the hardships that come with it. It teaches them to embrace who they are and to be confident in what they do. I didn't think I would like this book, but I think it is one of my new favorites. It's just a good book for teaching children all kinds of life lessons.

    22. This is a heart warming story about a young girl who wants to be like her classmates but she also wants to be proud of her heritage. She struggles with being "different" from her friends but in the end she still feels proud of her Spanish speaking parents. Recommended for grades k-3. Great book for read alouds and to allow children to feel a connection with a character from a story.

    23. As I read this book to my children, I couldn't hold back the tears. Tears of being understood. Though I'm of the different culture, the experiences are similar. I would recommend this book to any families of color.

    24. Stella lives with her family. She speaks Spanish at home and loves her school. She knows she is different than many of her classmates and she celebrates her diversity when the school has a May parade.

    25. This story can be integrated into social studies by talking about the current immigration laws and how they affect immigrants that are coming into the United States. It can also be used to show appreciation for Mexican and Mexican-American culture.

    26. Stella is the oldest child in her family and she struggles with her identity because of her Spanish-speaking parents who are different from others but she is glad to be different too.

    27. This book has spatterings of spanish words. cute book about fitting in at school and mother daughter relationships.

    28. This is a great book to read to younger students to help develop friendships and promote self esteem.

    29. Beautiful, colorful illustrations. Deals with the feelings of insecurities and feeling different, trying to fit it.

    30. Nice way to introduce a bigger book that would focus on themes like "feeling like a fish out of water" or "learning to accept and appreciate who you are." Great to use with teaching colors, also.

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