The author Ramona Moreno Winner is a Latina mother, who lives in California with her family and dog. I chatted with her through email, and right away noticed, she is one of a kind.
She writes multicultural stories for children, but after reading the story with Jeremiah, I felt she wasn't only sending him the message, but I as well.
The book Jeremiah and I read is The Wooden Bowl. It is bilingual, which is a great way to get your school age child to read spanish. I first read Jeremiah the story in spanish, and then we went back to read it in english (this makes his reading of spanish more comfortable).
The Wooden Bowl is a great story about a young boy, Diego, who notices that his very old grandfather, although loved by his family, is not always treated like an adult. His age has caused him to be messy at the dinner table and accidentally drop or spill things, much like Diego. They exclude the grandfather from the dinner table because of his messiness, and his grandfather is sad and ashamed.
Diego teaches his parents an important lesson about respect and remembering how this makes Grandfather feel. His parents realize their behavior and quickly change to make things right.
I asked Jeremiah what he learned from the story and I think he sums it up perfectly, "to treat others like I want to be treated".
The story is meaningful and I think, a great read for any child. The illustrator is Nicole Velasquez, and her drawings are beautiful. The characters are each so unique and by their different hair colors, kids from many cultures can relate.
At the end of the story Ramona includes a discussion page and vocabulary section for you and your child. I love this.
It's a happy day, it was announced today that it is the winner of the
2010 National Parenting Publications Honor Award.
Other Bilingual titles by Ramona Moreno Winner
Freaky Foods From Around the World
Lucas and His Loco Beans
Ramona has sent two books for me to giveaway!
Do you have your parents living at home with you?
How do you feel teach your child to respect elders?
Have you read any other of Ramona's books?
Leave a comment or question for Ramona (she might be popping in here and there throughout the day), giveaway will end June 11, 2010 at midnight. US entries only.
Hope you are having a beautiful start of the week...it's Tuesday already!!!
*A copy of The Wooden Bowl was sent to me by the author for review as part of the Bronze World Latino Virtual Book Tours. All thoughts are my 100% my own. I was not given any monetary copensation.