|Author Dedie King in Russia|
Books for Raising Global Kids
We are always looking for ways to bring more Russian into our every day! My husband was born in Russia and we are trying to raise global minded children. Imagine our delight when one of the books we were sent for MCBD was about Russia!
“I See the Sun in . . .” is a series of bi‐lingual picture books, each focused on one country and one day in the life of one child with a story told from the child’s perspective.
This series would make a great addition to a class library. Each book includes glossary of unfamiliar words and an overview of the country. The books can be used to facilitate discussion about other countries, different alphabets, foods, and activities. The daily life routine of each story allows children to recognize the similarities as well as the differences between their own daily
life and the culture of another place
Each country represented in these books is one in which the author has spent a considerable amount of time, not merely as a tourist, but immersed in the culture and living with families who have opened their homes and their hearts to her.Each book has been professionally translated by a native of the country and researched and vetted independently for authenticity and accuracy.
The illustrations are collages created from original photographs, drawings and material such
as wallpaper and fabric.
Activity to Accompany Books for Raising Global Kids
I encourage you to purchase or check one of these books out from the library and read it with your child.
Discuss the similarities and differences in your home-life and the life of the child in the story.
Then make your Own I See the Sun book for your family. Print a story template here:
|Click Image to Get Printable PDF Story Template|
About the author: Dedie King was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal in the mid‐1960s. She taught school in Kathmandu and in the village of Bandipur. During her two years there, she also travelled in other parts of Asia, including Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan. Dedie also has a longtime interest in education and different ways of perceiving the world. She has a Masters of Education and besides teaching in the Peace Corps, she has taught elementary school and children with learning disabilities. She helped start and administer a parent co‐operative preschool and founded a newsletter for health and education resources for parents in Massachusetts. Dedie’s interest in writing books about different cultures is to bring awareness to young children of both the sameness and the differences of cultures around the world.
About the illustrator: For more than thirty years, Judith Inglese has been designing and fabricating ceramic tile murals for public environments. She has been commissioned to create ceramic murals for all manner of public spaces, including libraries, the National Zoo, elementary and high schools, pediatric and adult healthcare facilities, senior centers, town centers and nonprofits.
Visit The Multicultural Children’s Book Day website on January 27th to view multicultural book reviews, giveaways and more!
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A Special Thank You to MCCBD’s 2015 Sponsors:
Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop, Gold Sponsors: Satya House, MulticulturalKids.com, Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof, Silver Sponsors: Junior Library Guild, Capstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books, The Omnibus Publishing. Bronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls, Author Richa Jha, Rainbow Books, Author FeliciaCapers, Chronicle Books Muslim Writers Publishing , Author Icy Smith.
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Jump into A Book says
Hello Amanda and Happy Multicultural Children's Book Day. Thank you for this wonderful review of the I See the Sun books and your activity suggestions. Thank you as well for all your support, hosting, and for being the wonderful person you are. Happy reading and celebrating.
Happy Multicultural Children's Book Day! I love that you gave us a storybook template!!
Cool Mom says
How precious, and wonderful that you received a Russian book. I love this concept for the books and your activity to make your own version is perfect. Thanks for sharing!
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Patricia T. says
I am enchanted by this series. Love you activity for kids.
Growing Book by Book says
I love the idea of creating your own I See the Sun book to reflect your own culture.