No Tildes on Tuesday
Isabella never wanted to learn to speak Spanish. But when her parents announce that they are moving the family to a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, Isabella becomes desperately afraid that she won't be able to fit in and grudgingly agrees to start Spanish lessons with her abuela. But the lessons aren't as easy as she thought they would be. Abuela is a strict teacher and the words are a lot more difficult to memorize than Isabella thought they would be, so at the goading of her best friend she decides to put a stop to them. Through a runaway adventure, a visit to her father in the hospital, and an introduction to a new kind of friend, Isabella comes to realize that Spanish may not be as bad as she thought, and that being able to communicate with people who share her heritage could be invaluable. Follow Isabella and author Cherrye Vasquez on a challenging journey of culture, family, and communication that just might change your mind about having No Tildes on Tuesday.
Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; Biracial; Interracial; Bicultural; Bilingual; biracial child; interracial family; interracial parents; mixed race; bicultural family; bicultural child; heritage; bilingual family
Mexican American / White
mother and father
Mexican Americans; family life; moving; grandmother; learning a new language; English/Spanish
Vasquez, Cherrye S., "No Tildes on Tuesday" (2010). Diverse Families. 355.