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Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different – Book Review

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons

Author: Ben Brooks                            Illustrator: Quinton Winter

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

This book is about 77 inspiration boys/men who looked out for the stars!

As the book states, it is “an inspirational collection of famous and not so famous men from the past to the present day, who went on to make the world a better place through compassion, generosity and self-belief.”

These are men, who have changed the world for the better, in their own quiet way. And they have done so by not following the stereotypical path, but carving out their own.

These are men, who have defied the toxic masculinity, have not shied away from hiding their emotions.

These are men, who through their stories also tell the kids its ok to go against the grain, to not succumb to peer pressure.

And that is a lesson boys (as well as girls) need to learn.

https://www.eduventurechronicles.com

Ben Brooks’ biographies are very inclusive, it has men from across the globe, culture and social class. It has stories about several famous men we have heard of like Gandhi, Bill Gates, Obama, Nelson Mandela and Lionel Messi. But then, it also has stories about lesser known figures who have done amazing work. Continue reading

This Diverse World: AFRICA


BOOKS WITH AFRICAN CHARACTERS

Given below is a list of books with African characters. I have tried to include books which would give a glimpse into different African cultural backgrounds.

Please use your own discretion when selecting the book for your  kid/family.

I have listed the name of the country next to the book link, either the main character lives in that country or has links to it.

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This Diverse world : EUROPE

BOOKS WITH EUROPEAN CHARACTERS

Given below is a list of books with European characters. I have tried to include books which would give a glimpse into different European cultural backgrounds.

Please use your own discretion when selecting the book for your  kid/family.

I have listed the name of the country next to the book link, either the main character lives in that country or has links to it.

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This Diverse World : Australia and Oceania

BOOKS WITH AUSTRALIAN / OCEANIC CHARACTERS

When I took up this project I did not realise that it would be this difficult for me to search for books! it has been really difficult to find apt books with Australia and Oceanic characters. Maybe I am not searching right?!

Here are some books that I found on Amazon, I will keep searching in this category and updating.

Please use your own discretion when selecting the book for your  kid/family.

The stolen stars of Matariki – New Zealand

How Maui slowed the Sun  – New Zealand

The Tunnel in our Backyard  – New Zealand

The Whale Rider  – New Zealand

Looking for Alibrandi – Australia

Does my head look big in this  – Australia

The Bone Sparrow  – Australia

Becoming Kirrali Lewis – Australia

The Secret Science of Magic  – Australia

Possum Magic  – Australia

Are we there yet? A journey around Australia – Australia

Audrey of the Outback – Australia

Adventures of Riley : Outback Odyssey – Australia

This is Australia  – Australia

Into that forest  – Australia

Middle School: Escape to Australia  – Australia

Tiddalick, the greedy Frog  – Australia

Kon Tiki  – Polynesia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manjhi Moves A Mountain – Book Review

Manjhi Moves A Mountain

by Nancy  Churnin, Illustrated by Danny Popovici

Dashrath Manjhi is a known man in India, thanks to the articles published, documentaries made and mostly because of a Hindi movie made on his life.

My boys got a chance to  read biography of this inspiring man through this book. His life is an inspiring story of persistence and perseverance, to never give up on your dream!

Manjhi’s village, Gehlaur, was  “deep in the heart of India” and was separated from the neighboring village by a mighty mountain.  In his village nothing grows, while in the other village rice and wheat flowered and flourished .  Thus people were happy and affluent there, which was not the case in his viilage.  Manjhi climbs to the top of the mountain to ponder over this.

When he throws a stone from atop, it triggers a sprinkle of powder and that gives him an idea. He trades his 3 goats for a hammer and a chisel and gets to work, chipping away the rocks.

At first the other villagers found him to be “crazy” to be doing what seemed impossible. But Majhi perseveres, eventually others started supporting him by chipping away the mountain while he was resting.  They also provided him food and newer supplies to accomplish this mountainous task.

His chant “Hold. Aim. Swing.” carries him forward and after 22 years he has indeed moved a mountain.

Instead of 2 villages  there is one village now “sharing water, hopes, dreams”. What was earlier a 34 mile hike from one village to the other was now a 9 mile walk.

Popovici’s illustrations are nicely composed in orange , yellow and brown hues.

Nancy Churchin’s words are as simple as Manjhi’s life, she managed to keep our interest alive with just 2 characters, Manjhi and the mountain.

There are so many wonderful life lessons to learn from this book.

It was a great a story to show how people have to toil hard for years for things that we take for granted. We all have our ‘mountains’ to move, we may be ridiculed  or made fun of. What can help us move these mountains are dreams, effort and time.

A great inspirational book, also a great example of growth mindset.

Dasrath Manjhi (1934-2007)

pic source Hindustan Times

 

My Name Is Yoon: Book Review

My name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits

This is the first book we read this week. The story is about a Korean family that emigrates to the United States. It is a well rendered picture book about Yoon, the daughter of the family, who is having adjustment issues in her new home country.

Yoon, in the beginning, does not find much similarity between United States and Korea. This is particularly true for her school life. She loves to write her name in Korean, like all Korean names her name too has a meaning. Her name Yoon means ‘shining wisdom’.  Despite her father’s assurances that her name still holds the same meaning , even when written in English, she has her doubts. She also finds her name written in English just a series of sticks and circles, whereas in Korean, “the Symbols dance together”. Everyday at school she learns a new English word and makes that her new name. So one day she is “Cat’ , another day she is ” Bird” and yet another day its “Cupcake”! This girl sure has wild imagination.

She quickly recognizes concern and friendship offered by the patient teacher and classmates. She starts liking her school  and feels United States can be her home like Korea.

And she is back to calling herself “Yoon” again as it still means “Shining Wisdom”.

This book is good for a kid reading at K-2 level, but my kids enjoyed it too. The text is easy to understand , the illustrations are beautiful, and the message is clear. Like my older said ” Being different is not something bad, one should embrace it and be proud of it.”

This diverse world : ASIA

this diverse world asia

 

BOOKS WITH ASIAN CHARACTERS

Given below is a list of books with Asian characters. I have tried to include books which would give a glimpse into Asian cultural background (which is quite varied in itself).

Please use your own discretion when selecting the book for your  kid/family.

I have listed the name of the country next to the book link, either the main character lives in that country or has links to it. Continue reading