Publication Date: July 2007
No English” is all that Blanca, the new girl from Argentina, says. She spends her time drawing pictures instead of doing class work and that hardly seems fair to second-grader Diane. One misunderstanding follows another until Diane begins to see how afraid Blanca must feel in their classroom. Their teacher, Mrs. Bertram, helps her class understand that different” is just different, not strange or weird. She encourages them to learn about Blanca’s home country. Diane must make things right, but how will she do that when they don’t speak the same language?
Jacqueline Jules is an elementary school librarian at Timber Lane Elementary in Fairfax County, Virginia. One of her former students inspired the character of Blanca in this story. Like all school librarians, Jacqueline loves reading and talking about children's literature. She is the author of seven other books for children including a picture book series about a giant mythological bird called the Ziz. The latest title in that series is The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle. Jules has also written poems and stories that have appeared in numerous publications including Cicada, Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, and Highlights Magazine. The mother of two grown sons, she lives in Arlington, Virginia, as an empty nester with her husband, Alan.
Amy Huntington lives with her husband in an old farmhouse in Williston, Vermont. She attended Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, The University of Florida, and graduated from The University of Vermont.
She wrote and illustrated One Monday, her first picture book. She illustrated Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck by Katie Clark. Amy stays busy illustrating, writing, learning to spin wool and to play the guitar.