Max Loves Munecas! (Paperback)

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As the author explains: "Max wants to visit a beautiful boutique that sells handmade dolls, but he worries that other children will tease him. When he finally finds the courage to enter the store, Max meets Señor Pepe who has been making dolls since he was a boy in Honduras. Señor Pepe shares his story with Max and reminds him that, 'There is no shame in making something beautiful with your hands. Sewing is a skill—just like hitting a baseball or fixing a car.'" In addition to addressing gender roles -- Max Loves Muñecas also surfaces issues of the global economy, immigration, inter-generational solidarity, and homelessness. Elliott manages to introduce these topics in ways that are honest while also appropriate for elementary school. The story will move you to tears, yet leave you hopeful at the end.

— Teaching for Change

This is the story of Max, a boy living in New York who struggles with his admiration for the intricate beauty of the dolls (muñecas) he sees in the boutique down the street. He worries that as a boy he isn’t “supposed” to like dolls. It’s also the story of Señor Pepe, the owner of the boutique and maker of the dolls and their beautiful dresses, who tells shy Max about his childhood in Honduras and how he came to learn the art of creating dolls. Zetta Elliot masterfully weaves issues of homelessness, narrow gender roles, immigration struggles, and the global economy into this heartwarming tale of intergenerational solidarity. Does this sound preachy? It’s not. Elliot’s narrative is honest, accessible, and appropriate for upper elementary school readers.

— Rethinking Schools

Product Details
ISBN: 9781497353831
ISBN-10: 1497353831
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: May 4th, 2014
Pages: 82
Language: English