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Becoming Vanessa

by Brantley-Newton, Vanessa,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
Get ready to go back to school with this inclusive, empathetic story that will help kids new to the classroom transform from timid caterpillars into beautiful butterflies who love exactly who they are!

On Vanessa's first day of school, her parents tell her it will be easy to make friends. Vanessa isn't so sure. She wears her fanciest outfit so her new classmates will notice her right away. They notice, but the attention isn't what she'd hoped for. As the day goes on, she feels more self-conscious. Her clothes are too bright, her feather boa has way too many feathers, and even her name is too hard to write.

The next day, she picks out a plain outfit, and tells her mom that her name is too long. She just wants to blend in, with a simple name like the other girls--why couldn't her parents have named her Megan or Bella? But when her mother tells her the meaning behind her name, it gives her the confidence she needs to introduce her classmates to the real Vanessa. Perfect for readers of Alma and How She Got Her Name and The King of Kindergarten.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hoping to look special for the other children in her classroom, new student Vanessa chooses her favorite clothing to wear on her first day: her tutu, polka-dot leggings, feather boa, and a green hat. Though she feels confident, she quickly ascertains that the other kids aren't quite so dressed up. She also observes that her name, with its two squiggly s's, takes longer to write than the shorter names of the others. At the end of the day, she doesn't feel special and doesn't "want to be Vanessa" anymore. After her mother reveals that the name means metamorphosis and explains how caterpillars change into butterflies, Vanessa feels proud of her name and happily returns to school. Bright, childlike mixed-media illustrations with a variety of patterns will appeal to youngsters, and the idea of a name having a meaning will be new to many children. One discrepancy that doesn't negate the positive message is that Vanessa's mother defines the girl's name as meaning metamorphosis while Vanessa interprets it more simply as butterfly."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Vanessa, a Black child with round blue spectacles, has first-day-of-school jitters. Attempting to show her classmates that she's a special "someone they should know," Vanessa dons a frilly multicolored tutu, yellow boa, and a green beret, paired with polka dot leggings and new red shoes. But as soon as she arrives at school, she runs into difficulties: her more simply dressed schoolmates don't "get" her outfit, and she finds that her name is "long and hard to write." Vanessa returns home dismayed, but a parentally bestowed revelation helps change her outlook. Brantley-Newton employs simple, rhythmic prose from the third-person perspective: "This day wasn't special. Her outfit wasn't special./ And neither was Vanessa." Multimedia illustrations construct a cheerfully colored world and classroom populated by children of varying skin tones. A hopeful celebration of individualism and an ode to recognizing one's inner specialness. Ages 3--6. (June)"
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects First day of school -- Juvenile fiction.
Anxiety in children -- Juvenile fiction.
Clothing and dress -- Juvenile fiction.
Names, Personal -- Juvenile fiction.
Individuality in children -- Juvenile fiction.
First day of school -- Fiction.
Anxiety -- Fiction.
Clothing and dress -- Fiction.
Names, Personal -- Fiction.
Individuality -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780525582120
0525582126
9780525582137
0525582134
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