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Embracing Cultural Identity: A Heartwarming Journey in "Mari and The Curse of El Cocodrilo"

purple background with three children with glasses looking at the camera a swirls of green surrounds the three characters the title is on the top (Mari and the Curse of El Cocodrilo) and the author's name is on the bottom right hand corner (Adrianna Cuevas)
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Rating: 5/5 Stars

In "Mari and The Curse of El Cocodrilo" by Adrianna Cuevas, I discovered another vital read that resonated deeply with me, much like "Starfish" by Lisa Fipps. This book carries an important message of acceptance at its core, but while "Starfish" focuses on body acceptance, Cuevas' novel shines a light on accepting one's culture and background. And let me tell you, I am here for it!

As an immigrant child who struggled with unsuccessful attempts to assimilate into the United States, I am incredibly grateful that this book exists. It allows children and adults alike to examine any lingering shame they may carry about their cultural differences and embrace their uniqueness. It beautifully emphasizes the idea that our diverse backgrounds are what make us special.

I can't help but wish that "Mari and The Curse of El Cocodrilo" had been written when I was younger. However, dwelling on the past serves no purpose. I am thrilled that it is now available for the younger generation. This story is a gift to readers of all ages, regardless of whether they identify as Latinx. Its universal themes and heartfelt narrative have the power to touch every heart and remind us of the importance of celebrating our roots.

I implore you to read this book. It will enchant you with its captivating storyline and inspire personal growth and empathy. Cuevas' masterful storytelling will expand your heart by at least two centimeters, leaving you with a renewed appreciation for the power of acceptance and the beauty of embracing one's identity. And, as an added bonus, it might just help protect you from any lurking Cocodrilo curses!

Take advantage of this heartwarming journey of self-discovery and cultural acceptance. "Mari and The Curse of El Cocodrilo" is a must-read for everyone seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

PS: I have so much more to say about this book. I saw great examples of resiliency for young people and lessons on microaggression and how to deal with them that I will post more on Threads and TikTok. Be sure to follow here and sign up for my newsletter to get alerts about awesome books you should be reading and more.

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