I've been involved with the Multicultural Children's Book Day the past few years. It is coming up on January 27th in 2017 and I'll be involved again. This book has nothing to do with that day but... it does share a tale of diversity, learning, and entertainment for multicultural children and families everywhere.
What can six kids from a local neighborhood do when they have a goal in mind? Embark on a quest to Appleville, of course! Join Kenan, Tu-Tu, Pedro, Liu-Liu, Lizzy, and Cassie as they overcome their fears with the help of the Appleville Fairy. Can you help them earn their Golden Apples?
Appleton says she wanted to write the Appleville Books series to engage the 22-28 percent of non-readers, children who read less than 45 minutes a week, by creating a story related to who they are.
“Appleville is symbolic of ‘opportunity,’” Appleton explains. “It’s a place where all children can be who they want to be and do what they believe is right. I believe it is essential to tell this story of exploration, friendship and triumph.”
An opportunity for children of all nationalities to connect with each other, Journey to Appleville explores:
- The importance of putting power back into the hands of diverse cultures in a story that is reflective of who they are as individuals and as storytellers.
- Teaching children to be kind and friendly to each other, no matter how different they might be from each other.
- Why cultural representation in books is critical for multicultural children and their families.
- The power that comes from successfully overcoming fears and helping others work through their own uncertainties.
For first time author Veronica Appleton, who was rejected 70 times by publishers and agents, I'd like to congratulate her on getting this book out. She does a good job of teaching kids to conquer fears and that they can and should set goals in their lives. It is nice to see the diverse group of kids involved that's more reflective of many of today's neighborhoods. It is a quick story with just 22 pages of story. For the target age, I would have liked to have seen brighter images. Also, I might envision this more as a book for the parent to read to child then the child to read themselves. The words aren't that hard but there are more words on the pages than is typical of an early reader. I'll be interested in seeing where the author goes next with the series.
As far as the giveaway goes, we have five copies to giveaway to our 18+ US and Canada readers, except Quebec. Open through 11:59pm EST on 1/2/17 be sure to enter below for your chance to win. Good luck.
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