‘We are one’ is an interesting story of multicultural friends including a Latino boy with beautiful illustrations.
It’s mission is to instill pride in children in their own food, culture, language and uniqueness. See great reviews below!
Reach and Teach Books, Toys, and Gifts
144 W 25TH Avenue,
San Mateo, CA, CA 94403 United States
Reviews by 2 Latino Organizations [see more below]:
1. “We Are One” has a powerful message that needs to be spread to all corners of this country, especially in the current times.’ – Iván Quiñones, Founder-Executive Director Educa2, Inc.
2. “This book has a great message as it brings us back to the basic truth about unity of mankind despite cultural and physical differences. It is an excellent book for children with beautiful illustrations helping them to learn about different cultures, accept differences, and realize unity. -Sara Velten, Vice President of Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation.
Multicultural Children’s book day:
What do you do with your kids to instill pride in their own culture and acceptance of people from other cultures and backgrounds?
It can be challenging. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure here.
I’m excited to tell you about Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 which was Jan. 27, 2018. It is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom.
The mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Review of “We Are One“:
Young Param asked his mother, Pinky Mukhi, questions eventually inspiring this book. It is designed to instill pride in children for their food, language, culture, and uniqueness.
The story is about a young boy named Mintu and his awareness that his experience may be different from that of his friends. He becomes unsure of whether his friends will accept the food, language, and culture in his home. The other children in the story come from diverse backgrounds and I found this story a celebration of both uniqueness and the commonality of the human experience – like emotions.
The book even includes a recipe for paratha, which is an Indian bread that is central to the story.
What others are saying about We Are One:
“Mintu is embarrassed that his family speaks Gujarati and not English at home and serves Indian food like paratha, which is different from what his classmates eat. When two friends visit, Mintu realizes that differences are good. The purposeful and well-intentioned story of friends with different heritage and skin and hair colors to discuss diversity with young children”. – The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California
“This beautifully illustrated book is a great resource for preschools to teach children diversity and acceptance of our differences.’ We Are One’ is a delightful and charming storybook not only for children but also for parents, as it places a great emphasis on love that unites us and gives value to the recognition of different cultures as well as teaching our children our own traditions and customs.” –Karina Garcia-Barbera, PhD, Preschool Director