Young Ren?’s teacher is calling role one morning, and Ren? is dismayed to hear someone else answer to his name. Its not only that he thought he was the only person with that name, but also that the new student who answers is a girl. That afternoon his classmates tease, “Ren? has a girls name.”
After discussing it with Mam? and Pap?, Ren? decides, “My name is so beautiful that a girl copied it from me,” not the other way around. But the next day the new girl sits next to him, is behind him every time they line up, shares her apple with him, and at recess tells him she wants to be his best friend. . . everywhere he turns, there’s Ren? the girl.
One day at the library, Ren? discovers a book called The Meaning of Names. With the book tucked under his arm, Ren? endeavors to win the first writing contest of the school year.
Complimented by playful illustrations, this bilingual picture book follows Colato La?nez’s own experiences, when he was faced with a challenge to his own name as a child. This witty story about a young boy’s odyssey to find out the meaning of his name will challenge readers aged 3 to 7 to chart cross-cultural differences by gaining an understanding about themselves and the people around them.