Reina Ramos Works It Out

HarperCollins. (I Can Read!). Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780063223110; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780063223103.
PreS-Gr 2–Reina Ramos, a Latinx girl, is excited to dress up as Frida Kahlo for the class wax museum. But when her best friend picks Frida first, Reina becomes upset and isn’t sure what to do. She will need to find a way to work things out with her friend and decide on another famous figure to embody. Young readers may have questions about what wax museums are, but the diverse characters introduced—Celia Cruz, Roberto Clemente, and Ellen Ochoa—plus the Spanish words and positive messages about managing conflict and problem-solving make this a welcome addition to beginning reader collections. Back matter includes definitions for the Spanish words used in the book, as well as photos and brief descriptions of all the famous Latinx individuals named.
VERDICT Recommended for beginning reader collections, especially those lacking Latinx representation.

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