Ella

Who Am I?

Children - Grade K-3rd
30 Pages
Reviewed on 04/09/2018
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Five-year-old Ella is confused about who she is. She doesn’t think she looks very much like her mother, who is African American, or her father, who is Mexican American. On her first day of kindergarten, she tells her new teacher, Mrs. Chang, that she thinks she’s very pretty. Mrs. Chang is Chinese American. Ella asks if she can be Chinese, too. Ella has also noticed that she doesn’t look like anyone else in her class. Ella is sad, because she thinks her differences make her an outcast. She doesn’t feel like she belongs and she doesn’t like that feeling. Mrs. Chang suggests Ella ask her parents about her ethnicity. It’s a big word for a little girl, but she has a big story to learn: her family story. And it’s a story that will make her pleased to be Ella, a little girl with an African American mother and a Mexican American father. She is herself. She is unique.

All children need to know that they belong. They need to understand and appreciate their roots. Looks don’t define a person. These are all important lessons to learn and La'Shaun Garcia’s charming picture book story, Ella: Who Am I?, is just the book to help young readers learn, not just about that big word, ethnicity, but what it means to have so many unique qualities and attributes which define their heritage, their family background. The illustrations are beautiful and the language is simple, except for that one word that even Ella finds difficult to pronounce: ethnicity. But all children love the challenge of a new word, even a difficult one. And all children want to know and understand who they are. This is a real treasure of a book.

Taren Arter

Me and my grandchildren loved reading Ella, Very entertaining, just love it!!

Dante421

In this multicultural era there's nothing better than a children's book to help your own understand the beauty in the difference between us, yet how we can be equally celebrated and appreciated. For the confused or curious child growing through the diversity of America, and parents who want to proactively enlighten them with the ability to love themselves as well as others, I highly recommended this book!! My children loved it so much that my 8 read it back to us afterward and even our 4 year old was able to comprehend it enough to make is own version. They're even more excited about their mixed nationalities and I'm sure will be comfortable with their differences in any social setting. Great book, concept and illustration!!

Lauryn

Ella: Who Am I is a beautifully written story that every young child should read! The author creates a positive and contagious mood centering around exploring and accepting the differences that make us all special!

Lois G

This is an awesome book for any child! We all may look different on the outside, but we all have the same feelings on the inside & want to belong! Very well written book

Latesha Melvin

Loved the book Ella my 8 year old reads it to me every night.

Yolanda Caradine

I really enjoyed reading this book to my four grandchildren.. They also come from three different back grounds, and it was nice to show them that do belong!!! Loved it!!!!

Robin Sohovich

This book is a great addition to our family library and I purchased a second one for my classroom! I read this to my grandson and it really resonated with him. He has begun to question his own ethnicity and this helped him understand those tough questions. I look forward to future books by LaSaun Garcia!!

Amber Caldarelli

Always my go to baby shower gift! Wonderful book for young readers.