Julián Is A Mermaid

Julián Is A Mermaid

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While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763690458
0763690457
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lov
Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
Audience: Ages 4-8

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IndyPL_SarahL Jun 19, 2020

I was blown away by the beautiful illustrations in this book! The text is limited, but the message is absolutely lovely. Little Julian has a lovely imagination and it is wonderful how is abuela nurtures it. i recommend this for all ages simply because it will make you feel good no matter who you are.

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Audrey_1974
Dec 20, 2019

It’s a beautiful story of the importance of been seen, affirmed, and loved just as we are.

forbesrachel Nov 22, 2019

When young Julián sees some women dressed as mermaids, he knows in his heart that he is a mermaid too. His imagination soars and at home he decides to dress himself. Using makeup and materials found at his Abuela's, he creates his own version. When she sees him, Abuela just accepts this and takes her grandson to the festivity where all the mermaids go. While text is limited, each pastel hued illustration speaks volumes about these characters. For readers, the near silence actually enhances the emotional connection as this family goes about a normal day with some special activities appended. Afterall Julián looks beautiful as a mermaid and is happy as one, and, they both have a wonderful time together. From pool to an above water party, it is a heartwarming display, and the endpapers are lovely additions to this. This adorable tale shines with its message of being oneself and accepting others for who they are.

CMLibrary_dgaines Jul 13, 2019

Loved, loved, loved the illustrations!

IndyPL_LindsayH Feb 06, 2019

This book is a an accurate and beautiful depiction of the African-American female form. I love the way the author portrays the grandmother and her friends in their colorful attire. in addition, her use of brown as the background color is soft on the eye and makes the bright colors of the characters pop.

Julian is a Mermaid is also a great LGBTQ choice for little ones. Julian wants to dress up as a female mermaid and instead of forbidding i,t as some might do, his grandmother lets him embrace it.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

Beautifully illustrated story of a child expressing themself and being accepted by his family.

KyCCL Nov 11, 2018

With lovely illustrations that follow Julian between his imagination and the real world, this is a beautiful story about being yourself, and letting those around you be themselves also.

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 06, 2018

Julián is fabulous! What a positive message of imagination, individuality, and acceptance this picture book brings to light. At first I was worried that Julián's abuela would crush his desire to dress as a mermaid, as she is very much a no-nonsense grandmother, but I felt ALL the warm snugglies by the end. Abuela brings Julián to a seaside festival with a diverse collection of mermaids, including some drag queens, and you get the sense that he has found his tribe.

The illustrations in this book are stunning, and the character designs are so unique. I could stare at Abuela all day!

MomoT Oct 31, 2018

A short and simple story of a boy who loves mermaids, and the quiet acceptance of his grandmother. With stunning artwork this is a very sweet story that my 4 year old and I have enjoyed reading.

strangegazelle Oct 04, 2018

Echoing what everyone else here has already said, the illustrations are superb - taking advantage of a soft, sort-of-muted color palette. It's a sweet look at identity and self expression as well.

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