I hope you guys are having a nice week and are faring well with the weather (It’s nice and freezing where I am, but NO SNOW!!!). We pretty much recovered from the hurricane. I hope others who haven’t are OK. I am excited because I am going to the Kid Lit Festival in Lititz, PA this Saturday! It was really fun last year.
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because of the multicultural theme of this book and I really enjoyed learning about a country I really didn’t know too much about -Bangladesh!
By Moinul Islam
Illustrated by Calvin Innes
48 pages – ages 6+
Published My Little Big Town on July 31, 2012
Theme/Topic – Multicultural / Bangladesh
Opening and Synopsis –
“In the south east of Asia in a country called Bangladesh there is a small town named Sylhet.
Sylhet is made up of many smaller villages.
Kashimpur is one of those many villages and it’s here that a little girl called Anisha lives.”
Anisha is a little girl who lives in Bangladesh with her Dadda (Grandpa), Dadde (Grandma), Am’mu (Mom) and Ab’bu (Dad). When Anisha’s birthday comes up, Dadda and Dadde each ask her what she wants for her birthday and says she wants something that can fly her anywhere in the world and something that helps her learn about everything she sees. When Anisha’s birthday comes, she gets two necklaces, one from each of her grandparents. She put the purple heart necklace on her pony Chloe and the pink heart necklace on herself. Chloe turns into a gold and pink pony with blue spots and wings, and Anisha gets a handbag on her side, filled with a flask that never empties, a lunchbox that is always full of her favorite foods, and a camera that when pictures are taken it prints information about what is in the picture too. She flies off on Chloe going towards adventure around Bangladesh!
Why I liked this book – This was a cute picture book with a nice story. I like that it teaches you about the country of Bangladesh, it”s culture and a few words in Bangla (their native language) like Dadda, Dadde, Ab’bu, and Am’mu. The illustrations are big and colorful. I like the adventure in this book, flying off on your magic pony with a never-ending supply of food is pretty cool! I think girls will especially love this book. Anisha was really cute. She seemed really smart too. I like that in a main character! 🙂 The story has a lot of words so it would have to be a read aloud for younger kids. I think it is a good book for parents to teach their kids about another country / culture.
Activities and Resources –
I found a great coloring page at Crayola.com that has the Bangladesh flag an a couple of facts about Bangladesh (click HERE).
You can get a map or globe out and find where Bangladesh is with your child. Show your child where you live and where Bangladesh is.
On the Child Fun website I found instructions for a game rural kids play in Bangladesh called Dung Guli. Click HERE to go to it. It sounds pretty fun, kind of like a cross between golf and marbles. 🙂
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE