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Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Mysterious Stream Book Review and Multicultural Children's Book Day

This is my third year participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day. Last year I reviewed Smasher McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11. This year, we have a review of  The Mysterious Stream.
The mission of the Multicultural Children's Book Day: The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.
The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.

The Korean children's folktale book The Mysterious Stream is authored by FB Smit. The 28 page story is illustrated by Jessica Liu and provides the story's text in both English and Korean.
The Korean traditional folktale tells of a story of a woodcutter following the beautiful music of a bird in a forest to a mysterious stream. As a result of finding the stream, his family's life is changed forever.

The story is easy for a child to understand. It is great for a biligual family to help teach a child the other language, in either direction. It also is an approachable way to learn more about another culture, instead of just getting a translation of a traditionally American story.

The book is also available as an interactive book app for your phone or tablet, provided it is from Apple. The app supposedly reads the book in both languages. The book's back cover mentions an Android version but at review time that wasn't available.

While I'm not personally familiar with the Korean folktale, I like the underlying story and the message it brings across. The accompanying graphics helps the reader become immersed in the story. The author mentions bringing the book into her child's school for a diversity day. That is a great way to share the book.

The author offers up a second Korean folktale as a coloring book, Heung Bu and Nol Bu. If you find the first book appealing, you should look at the second.
This epic-ally (is that a word?) fun Twitter Party happens on 1/27 from 9:00-10:00 pm ET. It's a great chance to have diverse book discussions, chat with authors and publishers and WIN lots-o-books. We will be randomly giving away multicultural book bundles every 6 minutes! Register here and set aside an hour of a whole lotta fun.

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  1. I'm so glad that you liked this Korean folk tale. I need to get it for my own kids! Thanks again for your support of MCBD!

  2. Korean books are so hard to find so I was thrilled when I saw this one! Thanks for participating in #readyourworld! (becky)

  3. I would like for my son to read the Mysterious Stream he is wanting to learn about different cultures.