Friday, March 12, 2021

Definitely Dominguita Chapter Book Series


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It was 1961 and Terry Catasús Jennings was only 12 years old when her family arrived in the U.S. from Cuba. She could count in English and recite the days of the week and the months of the year...but that was about it. The day after they arrived, she was enrolled in 7th grade. 

Since then, Terry has grown up to become a writer of non-fiction, or fact-based fiction children's books. But she has been inspired to take the leap and write this new series of children's books called Definitely Dominguita. The first two books in this series launched last week. 

This new chapter book series is full of fun and adventure, but also touches on serious issues such as bullying and the loss of family when they move away. Dominguita is the daughter of immigrants and marches to the beat of her own drum. I love that she is an avid reader, who loves the classics. In the first book of the series, Knight of the Cape (aff link), Dominguita is inspired by the story of Don Quixote, a book that she read with her beloved Abuela. And in the second, Captain Dom's Treasure (aff), she finds an old map in the back of a library book - Treasure Island! Of course, Dominguita gets carried away and passionately sets out in search of the treasure with her friends. Her bravery and determination to stay true to herself will inspire young readers. 

Illustrations by Fátima Anaya are scattered throughout the books. They help bring the stories to life. I especially appreciate the diversity of the characters in the book. Not only is it inclusive of people from diverse backgrounds, but it introduces them to children who may no otherwise interact with people of color.

I can totally related to this series because Dominguita reminds me so much of myself when I was young - shy, reading, close to family, and not a lot of friends. I wish my daughter was younger so that I could introduce this series to her.

And I think that there are a lot of young girls who will absolutely love this story and relate to Dominguita and how she feels.

You can also find an Educator's Guide and Activity Kit available for free download on the author's website. Both are fantastic and very creative. 

You can find them now at your local bookstore or you can use my affiliate links below to purchase them from Amazon...

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