Judith Ortiz Cofer is a master of language. As both a poet and a novelist, she tells María’s story in an unusual way, which she calls microfiction. Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer – book cover, description, publication history. A new novel from the award-winning author of AN ISLAND LIKE YOU, winner of the Pura Belpre Award. Maria is a girl caught between two worlds: Puerto Rico.

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Explore the Home Gift Guide. Call Me Maria is rich in life lessons and identifies the strength that is within all of us to pull ourselves up and to overcome, the trick judit though, finding the courage to look deeply inside of ourselves and being willing to face what is reflected to us and pick ourselves up and carry on with each new day.

This story is told in verse, letters, and diary entries. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. It gives insight into the barrio life as well as a comparison to life in the country Maria came from, Puerto Rico.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Puerto Rico, where she was born, and New York, where she now lives in a basement apartment in the barrio. Shabrina her relationship is strong but not quite there you will see once you read the story. Coffer Maria’s situations, she wrote various poems, letter to her Mother, and prose.

Written in prose, poetry, letters and brief summaries. Even with all of the knowledge, she still feels displaced, unsure of her familla role. As Maria learns what it means to be Puerto Rican in America, she must also decide which world she wants to belong to, which parent she wants to stay with. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


As the spring comes on, Maria begins to grow happier with her life. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. And the sun and the beach. Settings Themes and Motifs Styles. Maria tries to ignore everything and make the best out of things. I would recommend this book to someone who knows a bit of Spanish or has a Spanish-English dictionary because there are a lot of Spanish words.

This book really shows how to find a happy place with yourself and how to deal with what could be different and weird situations. I got to admit it’s fun reading a spanglish book, it makes the book kind of funny.

Oct 22, Mrs. By the end of the book, she is masterfully trilingual in Spanish, English, and Spanglish. By the end of the book, s This was really a lovely book.

Maria was happy living in Puerto Rico but her father was not. I would begin each day with a new concept of the book so that I can teach a new appreciation for the beauty that is found both within joy and sorrow.

This novel is beautifully written in three forms, letters, poetry and prose. Maria struggles between three languages or as she calls it, trilingual between Spanish, English, and Spanglish.

Call Me Maria is eloquently written in letters to her mother and journal entries in prose briefly describing her life in Puerto Rico before she moved calling herself Maria Alegre, and then chronicling her life in the barrios of New York as she tries to fit in. Her dad did not want to want to live in the island; he wanted to live in his hometown the barrio.

Call Me Maria Summary & Study Guide

She chose NY because she wanted an American college education so that she could become a teacher. Golden, who handles English class. Gy of 8 reviews.

Maria begins to write poems to help her find her place in her new world.

Call Me Maria

I love reading about characters who will always pick themselves up and csll a positive attitude because a lot of the time I learn life lessons from them. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Call Me Maria.


As a result, he never felt at home in Puerto Rico and became depressed. This book would be a wonderful tool in a cultural studies unit and her poetry could be used in multiple ways to pair with other texts in the classroom. I find it interesting reading a spanglish book. This study guide contains the following sections: I would teach this story to my students because it would give them the incentive not to be afraid of living in a new place, and that even though it might orfiz turn out like it was expected to, one can still have a good life.

This novel has the opportunity to be integrated into a language arts and social studies unit.

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Jul 14, Rebecca rated it really liked ortzi. Call Me Maria Hardcover. The last reason why I would recommend this book is because me being a high schooler, I could connect well to it so I think that others could. This novel depicts the struggles of a girl trying to find a belonging and identity while being caught between two worlds.

She’s torn between being the Puerto Rican island girl and adjusting to her new life as a New Yorker in the barrio.

Papi himself was born in New York to immigrant parents, but when they returned to Puerto Calp, he went with them. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the struggles that immigrants face when coming to a different country or any place different from their homeland.