Expanding Horizons #ReadYourWorld #IMWAYR
January 21, 2019
What a pleasure to read Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers by Vilyvanh Bender. This book is a charming offshoot of what I hope is beautiful conversations between the author and her own daughter, Mahlee. Through simple text and illustration, Mahlee tells us the differences between her daily life and the life of her mother while growing up in Laos.
Topics that will interest all children are discussed including snack foods, play time, breakfast, school, and even New Year’s Celebrations. It would be wonderful to read this book during Laos New Year’s (Pi Mai, April 14th).
Nor Sanavongsay’s illustrations cheerfully compare the similarities of life experiences that would be relevant to children not of Southest Asian descent.
The author and illustrator include a glossary of Laos words at the end of the story. I carefully googled all of the pronunciations so that I might approximate accuracy when reading this aloud.
This beautiful book celebrates our ‘sameness’ as well as our fascinating differences. I won’t reveal the ending here, but Mommy gives Mahlee plenty of time to come around to trying fried grasshoppers. I immediately wished I could try them myself.
I remember having my relative painstakingly show me the beautiful steps in her making of sticky rice including the amazing pot and basket she uses to make this. (Note to author: as a dietician, there are so many food related things you could write about). I hope Ms. Bender will write many more books about her cultural heritage. I am imagining stick puppets, how to make sticky rice, and even more about fried grasshoppers.
The author, Vilayvanh Bender shared this book with me as a part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day , celebrated this year on January 25, 2019.
LaDonna Plays Hoops is a book for basketball lovers. Full of playground hoops jargon, this tales celebrates growing up enough to hold your own and definitely ‘girl-power’. Kimberley Gordon Biddle adds many details to this young character including her cousin’s names, frog pet, and obstacles along the way. Set in the backdrop of her family reunion, An African-American girl, LaDonna, returns to give one on one another go with her older more experienced cousin. This book is clearly a celebration of a first time author making her dream come true. I hope all of those characters are her real life cousins.
This book was shared with me by the author, Kimberley Gordon Biddle.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
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