Presented by YMCA Project Cornerstone
For School-Aged Kids
This book opens an activity time on the significance of our names and identities, the process of adapting to a new culture and language, and the challenges of making new friends. Names serve several purposes. Most importantly they help distinguish us from one another and provide us with our personal identity. Some names carry information about our roots, such as family or clan names. Many countries have different cultural traditions or practices around names. When people immigrate to the United States, they might have to choose a new or shortened name which results in losing part of who they are. Their identity becomes incomplete. René, the main character, illustrates why it is important to continue cultural traditions and how we can accept the differences of others and create an inclusive community that celebrates differences.