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I was privileged to be able to review a children’s book for this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day, which we celebrate today. As a lover of Children’s Literature, I am so excited to be able to participate in this event, and will be sharing it with my own children, as well as my students when I substitute teach.
Our Mission: 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.
Whispers of the Wolf
by Pauline Ts’o
This book is a story about a Pueblo Indian boy who lived in the desert Southwest 500 years ago. Two Birds is somewhat of an outcast, and one day while out with his grandfather, he comes across an abandoned wolf cub. He decides to take it home and care for it, and this leads to interest in him from the other boys who normally don’t have much to do with him. They are impressed that Two Birds can hunt for and communicate with his wolf, a respected creature in their culture. Two Birds shared his stories with his new friends, and they invited him to run with him. His wolf gets older and stronger, and longs to rejoin the other wolves in the wild. Two Birds is afraid that if he lets him go, he may lose his new friends, as well as his animal companion.
I love that the book gives so much factual information about the history of the Pueblo Indians, and the area that they inhabited. I have always been a huge fan of the Southwest, living there for a couple years myself as a young adult, and native american culture. Beyond the story itself are some notes by the author, and a great appendix at the end that explains each illustration in the book and a little background about what that conveys. This is a great learning tool, and a way to enhance the story and still make it relevant for older children.
My favorite things about the book were how the author managed to write a story set 500 years ago that my 8 year old could relate to. The boy in the story seems like any other child who lives today, with similar concerns regarding fitting in with his peer group, and growing up. The illustrations are also amazing, with beautiful color combinations that really give the reader a feel for what life was like in the desert, and the spirit of the Pueblo Indians.
I would recommend this book to share with any child, ages 5 and up. It would be perfect to share with your local library or school as well.
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