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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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Oct 10, Jen Ackermann rated it really liked it Shelves: Call Me Maria on your Kindle in under a minute. Through a beautiful combination of prose, letters and, poems, Maria finds her inner voice and is able to express herself beautifully. The book is written not only in the traditional form, but also with poems and letters. View the Study Pack. He immediately feels at home, slowly but steadily overcoming his depression. It’s cool reading a book like that. The vignette orttiz could draw comparisons to The House on Mango Street, and also like that book, this offers a portrait of a neighborhood vy is burgeoning with life but also tinged by sadness.

This book bby 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.

The book also teaches the important lesson of being yourself and making mature decisions at a young age. Maria is from the island of Puerto Rico and lives there with her mother and father.

Books by Judith Ortiz Cofer. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. One reason why I would recommend this book is because it was a very easy plot line to get into and to understand, with little to no action. Stories of the Barrio. My favorite character throughout the book was Maria.

Call Me Maria Summary & Study Guide

View all 5 je. Maria vall much of her identity with the language she speaks. Her poetry has some wonderful images. Settings Themes and Motifs Styles. This study guide contains the following sections: Maria tells Papi he is her hero.


Through this transition, Call Me Maria becomes a coming of age story where Maria must define her identity from within and not base her self-identity on her surroundings. She always says she will reach for the sun.

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Maria leaves her beautiful tropical island to go with her father and live in the city because he has been fighting a losing battle with depression. The assembly of characters is vivid.

This book not only enlightens students about cakl own culture and how others adapt in the United States, but also demonstrates how poetry can be used as an outlet of expression.

She learns about American language and customs, develops new ways of thinking, new friends and new interests and eventually settles into her life.

Through the people she meets, the mother she loves and the island she never forgets she begins to figure out who she is. Now, he has returned to his true home oriz in America. At the end it make me wonder if Maria father passed away? As later Maria begins to feel better when she and her mother sends letters to each other for some mother to daughter communication while apart from each other. This no This novel would be most appropriate for grades This nudith that anyone can be a role model to you no matter how close or far away they are from you and distance away from people does not mean you ne separated forever.

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Through letters, poetry, and prose, we learn the story of Maria as she moves from Puerto Rico to New York City with her father, leaving behind her mother.

Maria is very confused in the middle of the book. I would recommend cofef book Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer because it is a book that middle schoolers or early high schoolers could easily connect to. She was given a choice about whether to stay in PR maris go to This book comes fifth in my text set as it now moves into addressing diversity with respect to ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status.


Mar 04, Mesha rated it it was amazing. Feb 04, Salsabrarian added it Shelves: This book would be an excellent tool to teach the cultural importance of language, identity construction, multiculturalism, and any number of literary concepts.

Papi is deeply hurt, but does his best to move on by focusing on work and on Maria. Abuela dislikes America, and the Barrio especially.

A life lesson that I gained is when you least expect it people will be looking out for you. I would also recommend this book to someone who like gy that have poems and but still have a story behind it. A great read that teaches how although someone maybe the same race, they can be culturally different depending if they grew up on the island or in the states. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I would recommend this book to high level middle school and high school readers with some reservations. 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. As Maria learns what it means to be Puerto Rican in America, she must also decide which world she wants to belong cofrr, which parent she wants to stay with.

It accounts for the emotions of mf recent immigrant entering the North American educational system. Write a customer review. I Know Who I Am. I suspect this story has autobiographical elements, as Cofer herself was born in Puerto Rico and moved to New Jersey as a child. Her work also explores such subjects as racism and sexism in American culture, machismo and female empowerment in Puerto Rican culture, and the challenges diasporic immigrants face in a new culture.