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About the Book
Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity.
Giovanni's friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed he does not like 'rice and rocks' and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni's pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.
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18 bloggers shared reviews!
Here's what they had to say...
"I loved the drawings and representations of the various ethnic groups. I feel that was a strong component to helping tell this story." - Girl of 1000 Wonders
"The author did a fantastic job in this book! Her writing style is colorful and easy to follow along. I recommend this book for your youngster!" - Nish Homeschool
"I love how this book deals with the emotions that come with one’s national heritage and traditions – sometimes pride and sometimes embarrassment – and how the auntie in the story gently helps her nephew to make the journey from embarrassment to pride." - Desperate Homeschooler
"I recommend this book wholeheartedly, especially if you have children with a diverse cultural background living in the US or any other country. It will show them in a very beautiful way how to treasure what makes them different and unique from a very early age. Kudos to the author and the illustrator both!" - Mami Tales
"Parents will enjoy reading it with/to their little ones because the illustrations compliment the story perfectly. This book will also work as a good conversation starter for acceptance of self and others for school age children." - Book Zone
"This book is a good starting point for discussions about their own family traditions. The illustrations by Megan Sullivan are simply breathtaking. Colorful, rich, and full of detail, they capture the personalities of the characters and the essence of the countries they visit, adding immeasurably to the reading experience." - Books Direct
"I highly recommend Rice & Rocks. It is truly a great picture book that presents culture and traditions in a way that is easy for kids to understand." - Where Connor and JT Go
"A fun book, that teaches many lessons. Rice and Rocks is about understanding one's traditions and valuing them." - Fascinating Quest
"The first thing that caught my eye about this picture book was the cover illustration and you get the same lovely artwork on the inside, too! I Ioved the depiction of a close extended family enjoying traditional foods together and sharing family history." - Tickling Dragons
"Amanda and I were whisked away into the adventure story of Rice & Rocks that celebrates different cultures and family traditions. The message is clear enough for little kids to understand. The beautiful illustrations capture the expressions and interesting details of the different homes that we visited." - Amanda’s Books and More
"Rice and Rocks is a smart, colorful and well-written book that makes it easy for us to explain the importance of our traditions and the need to follow them. Bright, detailed pictures, and easy to read text made it a breeze to read with my son." - Eloquent Articulation
"I think this book does a great job teaching children about feelings, imagination, acceptance, and respecting other cultures and their traditions." - Here Wee Read
"I was impressed with the cultural diversity in the book as well as the similarities of rice and rocks in cultures." - The Blended Blog
"A fun story celebrating family, friends, and traditions. The illustrations were colorful and lively."
- Kay LaLone
"I think that this book is a great one to read to children from ages 5 on up. As you are reading you are learning about other cultural traditions which I think that kids should be informed on that kind of thing." - K&A Children’s Book Reviews
"This is a must read for children, anyone who just wants a reminder. It’s also beautifully illustrated and the different cultures and traditions are beautifully represented." - Oh My Bookness
When Giovanni finds out his grandmother is making rice and beans, a traditional Jamaican dish, for dinner he's devastated and wonders what his friends think of this strange dish. But, Auntie and Jasper, Giovanni's magical parrot, have an idea and the group sets out on an unforgettable adventure. They travel to Japan, Puerto Rico, and New Orleans and what Giovanni discovers surprises him and he can't wait to celebrate everything he's learned with his friends.
I absolutely adore Rice & Rocks. It's written in such a manner that allows young readers to easily grasp the lessons Giovanni learns on his travels. The beautiful illustrations bring everything to life and keep children engaged as they take flight with Jasper. Learning to be proud of your family's heritage and traditions is a timeless lesson for all.
I highly recommend Rice & Rocks.
About the Author: Sandra L. Richards
Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.
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About the Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan
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