Wilma Lee Wu likes many things. She likes to read. She likes puzzles. She likes to cook. She even likes to pester her brother. One thing she does not like: her name. It's too boring. She sets off on a mission—to find The Change Your Name Store.
Once there, Ms. Zeena McFouz, the store's proprietor, helps her find many lovely new names. She tries several on for size. She soon discovers that when you take a new name, you must also take the culture of that name. When she chooses Dominga Delfino, she lands in Belize; adopting Nuru N'zinga drops her in Kenya. Which will Wilma choose?
There are several things that struck me upon reading The Change Your Name Store. I enjoyed the ethnic diversity portrayed throughout the story. I loved the variety of names sprinkled across each page. Each list or wall littered with names included not only common Caucasian names like Jennifer and Michael, but Ishmael, Sadiq, Olga, Ashanti, Demetrius, Dao, and even names in Chinese and Arabic characters. *love* The embrace of many ethnicities and cultures is the true gem found here. That the rhyming text flows beautifully and the whimsical illustration makes you smile is simply icing on the cake.
Illustrator Tina Kügler is so generously offering an illustrator-signed copy of The Change Your Name Store to a reader here at The Book Children. You can enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. A winner will be drawn at 9 am EST on Thursday, 6/5.