NO TILDES ON TUESDAY

By Nancy Rollins on September 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars 
Isabella is trying to fit in, a young social awareness novel about diversity.
The story picks up as a continuation of the author’s first book entitled, No Tides on Tuesday. Isabella’s father, a Mexican American, and her mother, Caucasian, had different racial heritages. Bella never cared that she had two 50% splits. She was biracial, and had not considered herself one race or the other.
When first told, Isabella wasn’t fond of a move into a Mexican-American neighborhood where the language spoken was primarily Spanish. This was a language that she only recently begun to learn. Isabella knew she certainly did not want to attend a new school, but promised her parents to try hard. Bella missed her old house, her best friend, where everyone spoke English.
To her surprise, the new house was not in a Mexican American community, but a diverse one with multiple races. The first child that came to meet her, called Isabella the half-breed girl. This was hurtful, and something she had never been called before.
Before Isabella had begun school, her parents were required to fill out a registration form. The paperwork had contained two confusing sections that her parents did not care for. It did not have a place to check off biracial or mixed race. She wasn’t one race, she was half of two. Her mother wrote it in.
This middle school was not like her clean, nicely painted one she had left. All students had a body scan before entering the building. Once inside, she noticed the dreary brown walls, the scuffed floors, and the poor shape of the student lockers. What seemed even worse, the kids she passed appeared very unfriendly, as she walked through the hallway. This all did not leave a good first impression; Isabella wished the day was over.
The bulk of the story focuses on Isabella’s time at school. In the beginning, she struggles to make friends and fit it in. Bella does develop a bond with two boys quickly, but is subjected to rude behavior and called more bad names by a girl she had already met. Even more discouraging, one she was hoping to become friends.
During P.E., students picked teams by their friends. Isabella saw that the two basketball teams had formed up according to race. She also noticed she was picked last. Sports were never her thing. Performing poorly, everyone began talking about that.
Isabella thought back to the day before the move. Her friend Juanito, took her to the fiesta. She had fun learning about her Mexican–American culture. This gave her an idea for a club at her new school. It would be a Multi Cultural/ Heritage club that anyone could join. Students of every race would be welcome. Kids can share things like interests, talents, and heritage. It would be a way for everyone to get together and become friends.
The school counselor supported Isabella’s club idea. Soon, the talk was around school, and the teachers brought the topic of diversity into the classes. Even the P.E. teacher changed the format for picking teams and they played a game of tag ball. Isabella still lost, but this time students told her how well she had done to keep up.
With help, Isabella hung flyers around the school. The Multi Cultural/Heritage club was held in the library and had a good first meeting. Offices in the club were voted on, and members were asked to come back next time with a friend. Now, what happened to the girl who called Bella names at school? That I will leave up to the reader to find out.


By Avi Morrison August 5, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Meaningful Young Person's Book
No Tildes on Tuesday by Cherrye Vasquez is a perfect book not only for children who might not know exactly how to handle being in a bi-cultural family, but for any young person to become educated in what it's like. It's also right on target on the choices that the parents have to consider as well. In young Isabella's - Bella's - case, her Caucasian mother and Mexican-American father have spoken only English to her and live in a neighborhood of primarily Caucasian families. Her Hispanic grandmother is disappointed at Bella's reluctance to learn Spanish. On the verge of the family moving to a heavily Hispanic neighborhood, Bella, who physically looks more Hispanic, is faced with the choice of maintaining her stubborn refusal or exploring and embracing the culture she finds so foreign. Her parents must seek a way to encourage her without being heavy-handed. A meaningful story told in an enjoyable, gentle manner.


By Chris Pedersen on July 22, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Diversity from a Different Perspective
Isabella (Bella) is a budding teen just getting her sassy going. The cover illustrations shows some of that sass. Being a child of a multiracial family didn't present issues for Bella until her parents realized she should learn Spanish—the native language of her father.
The story deals with real emotions a teen may experience in the situation where she feels out of place and a bit fearful of the unknown. You might be surprised when you see just how Bella overcomes her poor attitude about learning the language of her heritage.


Linda Hales, Author on March 26, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars
'No Tildes on Tuesday' by Cherrye Vasquez, Ph.D, is a brilliant account of how a bi-racial child deals with the unique challenges she is faced with on a daily basis. As you might expect, children are most pre-occupied with their need to be accepted by other children and whatever that might entail. The heroine, Isabella, known as 'Bella' is one such child who is Mexican-American and who has only ever lived in an English speaking community.
This sweet book considers the pros and cons of embracing her native heritage and language. For Bella, the prospect of learning her native language, Spanish, is thrown upon her in a manner that she feels is disrespectful of her personal wishes. For reasons she did not even fully understand herself, she completely rejected the notion as being unnecessary and unpalatable.
This story unfolds in a beautiful way, but rather than give it away, I must say that this book should be required reading for children of all ethnic, bi and multi racial persuasions so that they learn to embrace their sameness as well as their differences.



CLIQUE, CLIQUE, STOP

By Chris Pedersen on July 23, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another Look at Diversity
This chapter book (middle grade novella) addresses a frequently overlooked issue of diversity: the identity of a biracial child. We so often classify by race without consideration for those of mixed race, which can lead to issues of perception within an often cruel and race conscious crowd like middle school kids.
Author Cherrye S. Vasquez knows first-hand the issues she illustrates through the fictional experience of Bella and her parents. The story relates how kids stereotype others and thus miss the point that diversity is meant to unite all races not separate them. Kids, parents, teachers and librarians will find this book a wonderful resource to add to a discussion of diversity and acceptance.
Clique, Clique, STOP is book 2 of a series featuring Isabella Santiago. Book 1 No tildes on Tuesday is a great story that also covers the subject of biracial issues, but also the struggles and resistance to learning a second language.
Bonus: you might learn a little Spanish reading both of these books.


By Philippe Matthews on June 8, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars 
A must read for bi-racial families and children of all ages
As a surrogate grandpa to two adorable interracial grand kids, I am impressed with Dr. Cherrye S. Vasquez' book, Clique, Clique, STOP! My grand kids are at that age where they will be judged by their peers and society as a whole based on the unique color of their skin.
This book tells a story about a young Mexican-American girl who refuses to be labeled, refuses to be judged and refuses to be a part of the social cliques that have tried to confine her identity. This book is a must read for parent and children who are bi-racial and have struggled with their identity. Kudos Dr. Vasquez!

 
By Jeanne Buesser on May 21, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsI

Loved the book
Cherrye - In Clique, Clique, STOP, not only do you send such a great message but also solutions for everyone. People also have to be taught that sometimes parents have to look at themselves too, for what messages they might be sending to their kids. The one fact is that Isabella prevailed and was able to make such a difference for everyone and opened their eyes to what was possible even if they didn't believe it at first.
Jeanne Buesser, Author of He Talks Funny, Moonlight Till Dawn, Journey from Darkness to Light



GUESS WHAT? DEAR DIARY,

By Karen Tyrrell Author Speaker on June 7, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars

Heart Felt Journal for a Young Girl.
Surprising! A heart felt journal for a young girl. A diary to help a student to express her goals, her fears, her joys and her favorite things.
In child-friendly speak, Cherrye, teacher and PHD recipient entices young girls to really reflect on their emotions, their secrets and their triumphs.
Set out in an easy-to-fill-in format and illustrated with cute pictures by her daughter. Recommended

 
By Sam B. (Serial Access Mom )on November 29, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars 
A young girl's best friend, in diary form!
Remember, back in the day, we used to play with Mad Libs and creative writing games of the such. I used to love those! Although they were fun, I don't think I'd consider them a learning experience. (Let's face it, they really didn't take too much thought.) Guess What? Dear Diary, has taken the idea that kids like to write and create, and run with it! It's a young girl's best friend, in diary form.
Guess What? Dear Diary, was written by Cherrye S. Vasquez, a public school administrator with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction, and illustrated by her 10 year old daughter Kelly. I absolutely love that Cherrye and her daughter worked together on this as a team! Kelly's illustrations are very cute and fitting to the book's themes.
The best part of the book, in my opinion, is that it contains many writing prompts that are completely relevant to a pre-teen lady's life! Cherrye comes up with a topic for everything, from people that are important to the writer to things that the writer shouldn't have done but did anyway. Each question prompting a negative response or memory is countered by twisting it into a positive, forward thought.
Such positive messages for young girls to hear and read! One of my favorites is "The most embarrassing moment in my life happened when..." followed by "I overcame the most embarrassing moment in my life by..." Love it!
Guess What? Dear Diary, makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the young lady in your life, be it your daughter, cousin, niece, or friend. Grab one and share the joys of reading and writing with the next generation. It's important!

 
By MamaBreak on December 21, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars

Wonderful book for a young person!
My 9 year old is one of the hardest little people I know to shop for. Perhaps it is that way with ALL little girls that age. Last year we purchased her a diary, but she never really knew what to write about. I could tell she needed direction. That is what I like about, "Guess What? Dear Diary."
It is a diary for young people that gives them prompts to talk about. It explores different topics that are relevant to a young person's life, and gives them the direction my daughter was searching for.
The best part? It is co-written by a young girl herself, and we LOVE that her mom helped her to publish and bring her idea to life!
We received the diary to review on our blog, but did not receive any other sort of compensation, nor were we required or requested to leave a review here on Amazon. We simply wanted to share with other Amazon shoppers how wonderful the book is!

 
TEACHER, TEACHER, CAN'T YOU SEE?

By Elaine F Moody on January 26, 2017

5.0 out of 5 stars 
Teacher, Teacher teaches Kids to be brave enough to reach out and help when bullying is initiated.
I enjoyed reading Teacher, Teacher because it stems from a reality that has existed in schools for a long time. This story gives a positive lesson to the kids and the teacher. As a child's mind develops it is imperative to learn the importance of respect and helping others. Children can relate to the colorful pictures displaying happy and sad faces in real life activities. A great read that reveals a story containing a variety of emotions, lessons and solutions.


By laurajkon December 23, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars 
Teacher, teacher, can't you see? written by Cherrye Vasquez, PH.D., shares a familiar story about bullying through the eyes of an elementary child who feels like no one is paying attention. This child starts out excited to go to school but after being bullied, is frustrated that his teacher doesn't notice. The story explains how hurtful bullying is and sheds light on the difficult task teacher's have in distributing proper discipline. This book isn't exactly a "happy" children's story but there is a good lesson for all.


By Michael L.on April 21, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars

Increasing awareness of the bullying problem
As a father and grandfather, I was delighted to read Teacher, Teacher, Can’t You See. This wonderfully illustrated picture book in rhyme addresses the all-too-common problem of school bullying by telling the story of a new student who, by his third day at school, is already being bullied. What’s worse, the boy’s teacher doesn’t take the problem seriously. There is a happy ending, though: the problem is resolved when the school principal institutes an anti-bullying counseling program.
We need more books like this—books that increase awareness of the bullying problem and make it clear that such behavior must be addressed quickly and effectively by teachers and school administrators.

 
By Betty Davis Author of The Worldly Adventure of Nicholaas series on April 4, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars 
Compelling, and wonderful!

Teacher , Teacher , Can't you see?... takes the reader into the heart and soul of the child being bullied. It's story is compelling and wonderfully illustrated. This book would make a welcome addition to every elementary school student. Respect and kindness needs to find their way back into the schools, and this book is the first step to solving the solution to this problem. Dr. Vasquez weaves the story with heart and compassion.








 

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