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"Nala's grandma is one smart cookie. She is determined for her granddaughter to know exactly how special she is. She has a unique way of explaining to Nala that she is a blend of all of her parents' and grandparents' heritages. When Nala stops by for a visit with her grandma, the two of them set about making her family's famous honeycake. Nala, ever curious, asks her grandma why her pet name is "Honeycake," and the story begins.
Medea Kalantar's Honeycake: A Family of Spices gives young readers a fantastic story with which to relate. Nala, the story's main character visits with her grandmother and hears from her exactly how special her family's background is. As her grandmother proceeds to bake with Nala, she explains in detail the ancestry of each side of Nala's family and how the two families blend together to make unique individuals.
It is quite uncommon to find stories explaining heritage to children of elementary age, and Kalantar has certainly delivered a memorable story. When Nala's grandmother relates cultural diversity to the many spices and ingredients required to make her honeycake, young readers are handed a scenario that is easy to follow and is presented in a manner that has been carefully crafted to demonstrate to readers the way in which they, too, are extraordinary.
Perhaps the most important aspect of Kalantar's writing is her comment on the human race. The author is careful to emphasize that no matter one's ancestry, we are all part of one race. This is a message seldom seen in books for young readers and is quite refreshing.
As an elementary teacher, I highly recommend Honeycake: A Family of Spices to anyone looking to teach or emphasize the appreciation of diversity to young readers."
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About the Author
- ASIN : B08FF3QHYV
- Publisher : Medea Kalantar (August 6, 2020)
- Publication date : August 6, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 15122 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 23 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,714,676 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By R.K. on September 14, 2019
I bought the kindle edition and noticed the pictures and text are small so would be difficult to read in a classroom setting. However, I still think the concept of the book is perfect for preschool and elementary classrooms. As it is, this kindle edition would be a lovely addition to a home library as it encourages little ones to curl up close while someone reads to them.
I bought this book and this is my honest and unbiased review.
Even young kids like to identify with an active main character who is grappling with, and overcoming, some story problem. *Honeycake* was harmonious and lovely, but, it lacked dramatic conflict or suspense. As a character, Grandma is much more active than Honeycakes is, which would make the child character less relatable to readers. Add to this, the stated purpose of the book, which is to teach kids about multiculturalism, rather than primarily to entertain them.
Still, I believe in the hands of the right adult reader, this book could be used to introduce the activity of baking a honeycake, while opening up a conversation with a child about racial diversity. It's certainly an important conversation for all families to have, and *Honeycake* offers adults a creative way to do it.
I must say I throughly enjoyed the story and the very clever way of explaining multiculturalism to our young, by comparing our differences to spices in a cake. It would be very easy for young children who are graduating their reading levels. Very smart to also include directions on how to make a real cake based on the story. Loved it.
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This is a sweet book about a young girl, Nala, who goes to visit her grandmother. Of course, like 'all' grandmothers, they always have food and baked goods ready, but Nala and her grandmother bake a honey cake together.
The grandmother explains why she calls each of her grandchildren 'honeycake' and while they are adding the ingredients, she says why the particular family member is a certain spice ... Grandmother was born in Russia and is the vanilla, and Grandfather was born in Persia, and is the cinnamon. Nala's father is of Jamaican and Guyanese decent, and so he is made up of the majority of ingredients that make the cake!
I am looking forward to reading where the series goes as this is a book with a multicultural family and is true to the author's family; I love this and that the illustrations are cartoon images of them ... check out the cover!
What I most love is that the book was supported and sponsored by the author's mother, Rima Aristocrat and reading of her accomplishments and success. I will be sure to read more about her as she was introduced to the Canadian Hall of Fame for her achievements, and that is to be commended! (Well it was, but you get what I mean!)