No English

No English
by Jacqueline Jules
Publisher: Mitten Press,
ISBN:978-1-58726-474-0 $17.95 (HC) ISBN: 978-1-58726-566-2 $9.95 (PB) For ages: 5-9




Can two people who don’t speak the same language become friends? In No English, two second grade girls find a creative way to bridge a language barrier. School presentation includes ways of making newcomers feel welcome, poetry, and activities about friendship. No English appears on the Delaware Diamonds Reading List and the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award List.


“In a moving picture book, Jules explores the loneliness of an immigrant child, telling the story from the viewpoint of the child’s American classmate. . . . Realistic watercolor scenes of the classroom and the schoolyard show Blanca as an unhappy outsider at first, then, later, as one of the crowd. Relayed through the insider’s first-person perspective, the message about being kind to strangers is subtle but still easily understood.” — Book List.

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About the Author

Jacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of 23 books for young readers including the Zapato Power chapter book series (Albert Whitman) and Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation (Charlesbridge, 2009). She is also a teacher, librarian, and poet. At author visits, she teaches the audience original songs so they leave the presentation humming. You can hear The Ballad of Freddie Ramos at her website.
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