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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....

Title : The Rainbow Tulip
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ISBN : 9780142500095
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Rainbow Tulip Reviews

  • Manybooks
    2019-05-04 21:24

    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 be overcome for children (and really, not just for immigrant children either, as the main protagonist of The Rainbow Tulip Estelita/Stella of course not only feels different and strange at times in her classroom at school due to her Mexican heritage, because she speaks English with an accent, because her parents only speak Spanish, but also due to the fact that she has imaginatively and artistically chosen a rainbow tulip colour scheme for her May Day costume whilst all of her classmates, all of her friends have opted for unicolour tulip costumes). And therefore (at least for me on a personal level), the yes, so important message of embracing, of celebrating and accepting one's culture, one's mother tongue, one's ethnic background and such is as essential and as equally important as the concept of embracing one's personal ideals, one's aesthetics, one's concept of art and colour (even if like Stella, one chooses to be the only rainbow coloured tulip in the school May Day celebrations, that diversity comes in many different forms and guises, with ethnic and cultural diversity actually only being one part of this necessary fact of global life).Now while I as an immigrant to Canada from Germany do in fact and indeed very much agree with the message presented by Pat Mora in The Rainbow Tulip that being proud of one's background, that keeping one's culture and mother tongue alive and flourishing (even if one moves to a different country with a different language and culture) is to be celebrated, condoned and yes, actively promoted and practiced, I have also ALWAYS been of the opinion that if you move to a country that has a different language (or languages) you also absolutely should, no you MUST learn these languages willingly and as much and as quickly as possible. And with that salient fact in mind, I do find it rather a bit personally off-putting that Estelita's, that Stella's parents not only are unable to speak English (and only speak Spanish), but that they are also not presented as even being all that interested in trying to learn ANY English (even though the family now lives not in Mexico anymore, but in Texas, in the United States of America). For while I do in fact think that the father's insistence that his children only speak Spanish at home is both laudable and probably even much necessary, I do not find it all that acceptable and positive that the parents, that both the mother and the father are seemingly not even attempting to learn English and are actually even kind of sporting a negative attitude towards the latter (for sorry, considering that Stella's father supposedly had been a judge in Mexico, that he is thus an educated and well-read individual, I for one do have some trouble understanding his reluctance and his refusal to learn English, for when we moved to Canada from Germany, while of course my parents also appreciatively, thankfully insisted on us keeping many of our German traditions alive and speaking German in the home as much as possible, there was NEVER EVER any question whatsoever with regard to the entire family learning English).And finally, I also have to admit that Elizabeth Sayles's accompanying illustrations are a bit too muted and wishy-washy for my personal tastes and aesthetics, in particular since The Rainbow Tulip is basically and generally all about joyfulness and celebrating spring, celebrating May Day (and also, and especially, that ALL of the tulip costume pictures somehow make the girls wearing them appear as having very large, even exaggeratedly huge behinds, that does make me feel a bit uncomfortable, as in my opinion, it might make little girls with potential body image issues consider that they need to be on a diet). However, and all that having been said, Elizabeth Sayles' illustrations do work well enough with Pat Mora's presented narrative, as even while in my opinion, the pictures might not all that successfully mirror the joy and exuberance of the May Day celebrations, they do provide a lovely complement and compliment to the author's flowing and evocative text, to her gentle storytelling. And thus, even if the accompanying pictorial renderings for The Rainbow Tulip are not personal favourites and even though I do have some questions and reservations with regard to Estelita's parents' refusal to learn how to speak English, I do still very much recommend the book as a lovely and successful combination of text and images, and with much interesting content and ideas to read, discuss and debate.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-04-19 23:28

    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 feel like to be a child who essentially belongs to two worlds, of being the child of immigrants who don’t speak English, and being a student in a school where nobody else speaks Spanish. Feeling different is a big part of this story, how it can be both uncomfortable and something to celebrate.Stella/Estelita is a winsome girl. I love her creativity and how she ends up embraces her differences. I really, really appreciate that the story doesn’t have a tidy happy ending, but how Stella still wishes the people she knew at school and her parents would both mesh a bit more than they do. I loved her choice of color for a tulip costume. It’s lovely how Stella’s family and school relationships are all supportive and loving.This is a wonderful book for children who are first generation American born (or first generation born immigrants to any country) or for children who have friends whose parents were born elsewhere, especially if they speak a language foreign to them. Girls who dance and/or love to dress up will probably also enjoy this book. I loved the Spanish words that are included in the book; everybody who knows no Spanish will learn a few Spanish words.The illustrations were not my favorite. For a story that’s partly about a colorful costume and that’s about a vivacious little girl, the colors and edges/style were too muted for my taste. But the facial expressions were done very well, I thought.3 ½ stars

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-11 17:38

    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 other mothers, she doesn't wear make-up or vibrantly colored short dresses... Poor Stella feels almost ashamed of her mother. Yet, along the way, she comes to realize the beauty in being different and realizes all the things she admires about her mother--and the qualities that her mother is instilling in her, too. A gentle message about family love and the "sweet and sour" of being different.

  • Maggie
    2019-04-28 01:40

    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.

  • Jessica Martinez
    2019-05-16 23:35

    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 one color, Stella decides to be a rainbow tulip and asks her aunt to sew the colorful costume. On the day of the May parade, Stella is very self-conscious as she worries that the other children will laugh at her rainbow costume. Because she is self-conscious, Stella wishes that her mother would speak English, wear makeup, and dress like the other mothers. After the parade, Stella introduces her mother to her teacher, and at that moment, Stella wishes that her teacher could speak Spanish so that she may communicate with her mom. Back at home, Estelita and her mom eat lime sherbet while sitting on the porch, and her mother tells Estelita that she is proud of her rainbow costume because it is hard to be different. Being different is “sweet and sour, like your sherbet.” Pat Mora, the author, based the book on her mother’s childhood. She is Mexican-American, so she accurately represents the setting and characters. Elizabeth Sayles’ paintings bring Estelita’s story to life. Diversity within the Hispanic culture is represented when Estelita’s mom tells her that the family has ties to Mexico and Spain. The Rainbow Tulip’s large text and simple vocabulary makes it appropriate for students from kindergarten to third grade. Spanish words are immediately followed by their English synonyms, so monolingual students will not have difficulty understanding the Spanish terms. This book reflects the experiences of many Hispanic-American children. I really enjoyed this book because it describes the mixed feelings I felt about my culture while I was growing up. Like Estelita, sometimes children must change the pronunciation or spelling of their names in order to make it easier for their English speaking classmates and teachers to pronounce. Students may feel resentful or ashamed of their parents if they are unable to speak the language of their teachers or friends. Additionally, The Rainbow Tulip is perfect for E.S.L students who may relate to Estelita’s struggles in leading a double life, speaking Spanish and following Hispanic customs at home while speaking English and following American customs at school. Estelita teaches young children that sometimes it takes courage to be different from peers, but being different is worthwhile in the end because it makes them unique. Young readers will be encouraged to accept themselves and take pride in their cultural heritage.

  • Laura
    2019-05-02 18:41

    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 illustrations are soft and beautiful, showing Estelita’s quiet mother in warm brown tones and Estelita, who loves color, in a more varied palette. This longer picture book is better for early elementary readers who can appreciate the story, and could be used in a multicultural unit.CIP: “A Mexican-American first-grader experiences the difficulties and pleasures of being different when she wears a tulip costume with all the colors of the rainbow for the school May Day parade.”Positively reviewed in Hornbook, LJ, and Kirkus, which notes that “Mora celebrates diversity, but provides a balanced view of assimilation as well.”

  • Kelli Dana
    2019-04-29 20:27

    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 school read or first time in an ESOL pullout. This book is one that will speak to ESOL children but would also be great of other students as well.

  • Kayla
    2019-04-26 01:46

    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.

  • Katherine
    2019-05-01 19:36

    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 see some aspects of Hispanic culutre becasue the author presents some words in Spanish. The illustrations are presented in soft colorful pages. The colors are brought out in the mothers clothers and are very neutral to represent how she is different as well as in Stella's rainbow dress. I like that this book gives the aspect that many foreign kids go through: having an English and Spanish name. Her name at home is Esetlita and at school, Stella. I feel as though many have to go through this because their native may be seen as hard to pronouce and I also feel like they lose part of who they are when they have to do that. The story takes on a common problem where parents come from Meixco to the US and the children who grow up and have two different worlds, home and school. Lastly, the book ends on an unknown but hopeful possiblility that mother will learn English.

  • Rosseli Ramirez
    2019-04-26 17:49

    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 story which reflects how a bilingual child may speak. Because Stella tells the story from her point of view, the use of Spanish words in the text adds to Stella’s cultural background. The Spanish words and phrases are printed in italics for readers to differentiate between the two languages. The author also includes a side-by-side interpretation to these words and phrases which is necessary for readers who only speak English. The author does not only depicts the concept of family and friendship, but also describes a dilemma about a little girl’s self-esteem and cultural value; about her life’s differences between home and the outside, and the expectation between her mother at home and outside. Stella is aware of how different her family and culture is compared to her classmates and their families. There are many children who can relate to this book and may feel the same way as Stella. At home her name is Estelita, but at school, her name is Stella and she only speaks English outside the house and Spanish inside the house. Also, Stella has many expectations from her mother, she would like her to dress differently and she wished her mother could speak English. However, Stella’s attitude changed throughout the story and by the end of the story she learned an important lesson. Children who read this story may realize that it is completely fine to be different from others and it is important to embrace our cultural differences. Learning to accept and enjoy our differences is a good lesson for younger children, especially for the bilingual students who are learning to adjust in American schools. Despite Stella’s awareness that her Hispanic family is different from the other families in her neighborhood, Stella fits in well and enjoys school, and this should be the case for all children in our schools.

  • Nicolette
    2019-04-28 00:32

    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 reminds her that being different is a good thing and not to hide it. ThemeThe main theme of this book is that being different is a good thing and not something to be ashamed of. Estelita knows that she is different than the rest of the kids in her grade because she comes from Mexican heritage, but she does not try to blend in; instead, she celebrates her culture by dressing in a rainbow tulip costume for the school parade. Personal ResponseEveryone has something that makes them unique and special so this book can be relatable for everyone. Specifically, I am very proud of my mom’s Italian heritage. In 5th grade we did an assignment on our family’s heritage, and I was very excited to show my class my mom’s history and culture. I even remember bringing in Italian cookies to share with the class. Recommendation This is a very good book to read in a mixed classroom with Hispanic children because it incorporates Spanish words and phrases in a meaningful way. It provides a good window or mirror into immigrant life and the experiences that first generation Spanish children go through. However, this book has the tendency to “lump” American mothers as wearing a lot of makeup and wearing short dresses, so that would be a negative.

  • Meg
    2019-05-19 17:49

    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 fairly gentle, sweet treatment of issues of assimilation and cultural difference; there's no prejudice or hostility directed at the main character, and the more subtle stuff is mainly things like people calling her Stella instead of Estelita.The only storytelling glitch for me was that it was not totally clear at first why Estelita felt so different. I mean, sure, her tulip is a rainbow one, but it looks basically the same as the other girls' dresses (not like in Molly's Pilgrim, where the character's doll looks completely different from her classmates'). When I read the note at the end and realized this was a semi-biographical story, it reminded me that real life is not always as dramatic and clear-cut as fiction!(P.S. The Maypole only gets a page or two... Too bad as the one picture of it was so pretty!)

  • Melinda Garman
    2019-04-30 17:51

    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 not wear colors or makeup and is quiet. Estelita likes school and is very excited to attend the May parade in which she gets to dress up as a tulip. She wants her tulip costume to be all the colors of the rainbow, but when she realized that all of the other girls dressed in one color she feels embarrassed and like an outsider. During the parade she looks at her mother and starts to wish that her mother would learn English, dress like the other mothers, and then she wishes her teacher could speak Spanish so that her mother would know what a good student she is. She realizes that like her rainbow tulip costume that it is hard to be different, but it is also fun. This is my favorite book, because I feel that any minority in a classroom will be able to relate to this story, especially Hispanic girls. It will really help those students struggling to fit in the English language culture and a lot of them are going through the same turmoil as Estelita.

  • Meltha
    2019-04-22 01:39

    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 tulip costume that is more colorful and therefore stands out more than the others. The illustrations are beautiful, soft, sandy pastels that feel just the slightest bit antique (again, like Tomas and the Library Lady, this is set in the past, here the 1920s, but it's nearly impossible to tell that), but I'm not entirely sure they're crucial to the story's plot. The theme is quite subtle, and the end notes that explain the background are a good addition.

  • Jackie
    2019-05-13 19:46

    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 and Estelita knows now, in her heart, that she belongs even with those differences. Based on Mora's mother's childhood in El Paso, Texas, the family came to the U.S. to find work and became productive and proud citizens. A celebration of dual-heritage and bilingual voices oozes from Mora's words. Used for "Rainbows" storytime: July, 2011.

  • Jezreel
    2019-05-17 23:50

    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 wants each of the pedals to be a different color. Once it is parade day, Estilita puts on her costume and feels shy she is the only one with a different costume, but her friends and teacher love it and call her the Rainbow Tulip. This book shows that being different is not something to be ashamed of, being cultural and having a different background than others is something to be proud of.

  • Kim Foy
    2019-04-22 17:23

    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.

  • Kristen
    2019-05-16 22:48

    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.

  • Olivia Lagore
    2019-05-12 21:52

    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.

  • Marika
    2019-05-03 20:32

    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.

  • Aleisha Pendleton
    2019-05-13 20:38

    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.

  • Trang
    2019-04-24 21:46

    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.

  • Leang Ngov
    2019-05-12 01:29

    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.

  • Maria
    2019-04-19 20:30

    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.

  • Taleda Crafter
    2019-05-15 01:33

    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.

  • Sharai
    2019-05-19 00:23

    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.

  • Jen
    2019-05-01 21:28

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

  • Laree Brown
    2019-05-03 19:50

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

  • Beverly Kennett
    2019-05-03 22:35

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

  • Kathy
    2019-05-11 00:30

    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.