When it comes to the subject of stopping bullying, Author Dr. Cherrye Vasquez meets the mark with No Tildes on Tuesday!
A public school administrator and an adjunct professor, she is a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction; a Master of Education in Special Education; and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology/Audiology.
The 96-page book, No Tildes on Tuesday is about Isabella who never wanted to learn to speak Spanish. But when her parents announce that they are moving the family to a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, Isabella becomes desperately afraid that she won’t be able to fit in and grudgingly agrees to start Spanish lessons with her Abuela.
But the lessons aren’t as easy as she thought they would be. Abuela is a strict teacher and the words are a lot more difficult to memorize than Isabella thought they would be, so at the goading of her best friend she decides to put a stop to them. Through a runaway adventure, a visit to her father in the hospital, and an introduction to a new kind of friend, Isabella comes to realize that Spanish may not be as bad as she thought, and that being able to communicate with people who share her heritage could be invaluable.
Follow Isabella along with author Cherrye Vasquez on a challenging journey of culture, family, and communication that just might change your mind about having No Tildes on Tuesday.
Dr. Vasquez says, “My platform centers on Diversity and Bullying issues, so my aim focuses on self-identity, self-esteem, affirmation and self-fulfilling prophecy techniques. Our children must first love, respect and appreciate self, but they must also learn that they must respect and appreciate others. No one child is alike. They have similarities as well as differences. They must learn that tolerance is okay, but diversity goes beyond just tolerance.”
No Tildes on Tuesday and Dr. Vasquez’s works can be found at Books That Sow: Strength, Character & Diversity and she hopes to write more books that share the message of deep-seeded empowerment in healthy socially acceptable ways.
Dr. Vasquez offers, “Perhaps then, bullying issues will become a record low in our nation”s schools.”
Check out No Tildes on Tuesday and the full library of Dr. Cherrye S. Vasquez below: