Sean's mom has a cold, so his dad gets to go help out in his classroom at school. Sean is about as excited as a 7-year-old little boy can get - until all his friends start teasing and asking questions that is. See, Sean's mom is Filipino, and he looks a lot like her. His dad is Irish, complete with blonde hair and blue eyes. At first, no one believes it is his dad at all, but the teacher takes the opportunity to do a little lesson on diversity and every one learns a thing or two!
"I am Flippish!" by Leslie Ryan is a perfect book to celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development tomorrow (May 21). But that is just a little too long - so we will just call it World Diversity Day.
If you want to hear author Leslie Ryan read this book aloud to you live, then join us tomorrow at 1pm EST to hear this story, and have an interview with the author. You and your child will get to ask questions, and see all the pictures on your computer screen for this fun event. And best of all, one person who attends the reading live will get to win a free signed copy of the book as a special gift. Don't miss it!
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Book for Children Ages: 3 years old to 9 years old
Family Reading Time: Learning where your family came from can be a fun family activity for every family. Even if your family has been built through adoption, or is a blended family, this can be a good opportunity to talk about what makes family, and how much you love each other even though you came from different places.
- This is a book that definitely invites questions. Don't be afraid to pause and talk to your kids throughout reading time.
Related Discussion Questions:
- How do you think Sean felt when no one believe it was his dad at school?
- Do you look the same or different from your parents?
- What makes people a family?
- Where do your ancestors come from?
- What are some reasons it might be good to learn about your family history?
Activities for Kids:
- Fill out the page at the back of the book about where your ancestors came from. There is enough room that even if you have children of difference backgrounds you can still enter it in.
- Get a large cardboard box and cut out the shape of a tree. Then cut out green leaves from green craft foam. Glue on pictures of all diferent members of your family. Use them to build your own "family tree."
- Get out some pictures of you when you were a child, and other older family pictures if you have them. If not, see if you can make a visit to a grandparent or aunt or uncle and talk about the things you remember about your family.
- If your child was adopted, depending on their age, you could help them write an imaginary letter to their birth parents asking them all the things they wonder about, and telling them about the adoptive family they are in now.
Cultural Diversity: A book all about diversity, parents of mixed race will especially appreciate this opportunity to show a happy family with a diverse background.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book*
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