Julián Is A Mermaid

Julián Is A Mermaid

Book - 2018
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While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018
ISBN: 9780763690458
Branch Call Number: PIC Lov
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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Mar 12, 2021

The illustrations are whimsical, exactly how I would have imagined myself in Julian's place as a child. I love the lack of words on some pages to allow for our own dialogue and feelings can fill the space.
A great introduction to embracing each other and ourselves while keeping ourselves curious about our potential to be what we want, and how we influence others just because of our relationships.

Dec 10, 2020

We loved this book! It spoke deeply to our family and brought joy, fear, joy, love, and the more joy to each of us with each page examined.

AnnabelleLee27 Oct 10, 2020

There are not enough stars to give this affirming, inspiring, loving picture book - I absolutely love it. The story is told mainly through the illustration which are amazing and mesmerizing. It celebrates uniqueness, creativity, acceptance, and love. (It may help to know there is a yearly mermaid parade on Coney Island...)

Aug 13, 2020

A beautiful book.
Julian sees some mermaids and wants to be one too.
When grandma sees this, she shows him where the other mermaids are, so community connections can be made.
This book has few words, and wonderful vibrant warm pictures.
Is Julian a transvestite or a transexual or, you know, a kid that likes to dress up as a mermaid? We probably don't need to know. What we DO need to know is that Julian will be accepted, loved, and supported by Grandma.
(Mermaids are a common symbol in trans kids.)

IndyPL_SarahL Jun 19, 2020

I was blown away by the beautiful illustrations in this book! The text is limited, but the message is absolutely lovely. Little Julian has a lovely imagination and it is wonderful how is abuela nurtures it. i recommend this for all ages simply because it will make you feel good no matter who you are.

Dec 20, 2019

It’s a beautiful story of the importance of been seen, affirmed, and loved just as we are.

forbesrachel Nov 22, 2019

When young Julián sees some women dressed as mermaids, he knows in his heart that he is a mermaid too. His imagination soars and at home he decides to dress himself. Using makeup and materials found at his Abuela's, he creates his own version. When she sees him, Abuela just accepts this and takes her grandson to the festivity where all the mermaids go. While text is limited, each pastel hued illustration speaks volumes about these characters. For readers, the near silence actually enhances the emotional connection as this family goes about a normal day with some special activities appended. Afterall Julián looks beautiful as a mermaid and is happy as one, and, they both have a wonderful time together. From pool to an above water party, it is a heartwarming display, and the endpapers are lovely additions to this. This adorable tale shines with its message of being oneself and accepting others for who they are.

Sep 21, 2019

Lovely art and a sweet story, would definitely share this with all/any kids but especially kids who are gender questioning or love costume play, etc.
Side note: illustration near end makes me want to dress up my pets as mermaids or fish :)

IndyPL_LindsayH Feb 06, 2019

This book is a an accurate and beautiful depiction of the African-American female form. I love the way the author portrays the grandmother and her friends in their colorful attire. in addition, her use of brown as the background color is soft on the eye and makes the bright colors of the characters pop.

Julian is a Mermaid is also a great LGBTQ choice for little ones. Julian wants to dress up as a female mermaid and instead of forbidding i,t as some might do, his grandmother lets him embrace it.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

Beautifully illustrated story of a child expressing themself and being accepted by his family.

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