Tuesday, July 21, 2020

"I Do Not Like Yolanda" - a bookwrap


I Do Not Like Yolanda
by Zoey Abbott

* Ages:  5-8
* Grade Level:  1-3
* Length:  40 pages
* Publisher:  Tundra Books
* Pub. Date:  March 16, 2021
* Sold by:  Random House LLC
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations for You

The Book 

This is a book with a wonderful message.  It is about conquering your fears and giving people a second chance.  

Little Bianca collects stamps and loves to write letters.  She goes to the post office to buy stamps so she can mail her letters.  One of the employees of the post office, named Yolanda, scares her... right down to her toes.  Yolanda has long claw-like finger nails ( like scaly talons), a stern unsmiling face and very abrupt manor.  Bianca dreads that perhaps she will get in Yolanda's line and have to be served by her.  Poor girl. 

On one special Five Letter Day Bianca arrives at the post office and there is only one window open and guess who is standing waiting to pounce?... or so Bianca thinks. 

"I think to myself... I am NOT going to run ( even though I want to) 
I clutch my letters tight..."

Bravely she walks up to Yolanda even though she's scared to death and a wonderful thing happens.  Is Yolanda really that big bad ogre that Bianca's imagination has turned her into?  Or deep inside is she really a very nice person?  Bianca is about to find out. 

The illustrations are rich and enhance the narrative greatly.  This book would be great to share when talking about facing your fears and accepting other's differences.  It also would be great in a classroom to inspire and model letter writing, something that is becoming a lost art in our culture.  It would be fun to a write letter, address an envelope and place a stamp on it to mail to someone you know.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!

Meet the Author/ Illustrator

ZOEY ABBOTT is a graduate in Women's Studies and History from Smith College. She spent four years living and painting in Japan. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, kids and a large dog named Carrots.

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