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Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey: 07/23/21
Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly is the start of a new children's series. Marisol is a Filipina-American girl who gives names to everything. She also loves silent movies. But she's not as brave as she'd like. This is the story of how she concurs one of her fears.
Marisol's nemesis is Peppina, a perfect climbing tree named for the Mary Pickford film, Poor Little Peppina (1916). Every other kid she knows can climb Peppina. But she's firmly stuck on the ground.
The chapters are short, delightful glimpses into Marisol's life. They're the perfect length for new readers. This is the sort of book I would have loved in second and third grade. Frankly, I still love it even though I'm well out of the target audience.
Marisol's story is interspersed with little drawings that are utterly charming. There are portraits of her favorite silent movie stars, portraits of her various stuffed cats, and other bits and pieces of her lives.
I will definitely be reading the second book when it's available.