Multicultural Children’s Book Day – Official Book Review
My Forgotten Self by Lynyetta G. Willis, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Tiev is a playful girl who vividly dreams about the many paths her life can take. However, when she shares these dreams with her well-intentioned family, they quickly tell her why she cannot be any of the things her heart desires. Feeling lost, hurt, and confused, Tiev encounters a powerful and loving Being, I Am. Tiev gets a glimpse into who she truly is and the amazing gifts waiting for her along each of her desired paths. In this fantastical tale, illustrated with vibrant and culturally diverse pictures, follow Tiev and embrace an opportunity to reflect on who we are as spiritual beings.
Age Range: 4-9
The book cover: At first glance of the book, I wondered why the picture on the cover was of an ambiguous girl when there are so few books that have African-American children on the cover. It appeared the author tried to appeal to a wider audience. The main character of the story looked like she could be bi-racial with the texture of her hair. I was disappointed that the author did not use this opportunity to help young black girls. However, I realize that there is pressure to sell books and the wider the demographic, the greater the opportunity of reaching several cultures.
Throughout the book the author used the same image of Tiev looking away from the readers. I found myself getting frustrated because I believe young girls want to say “hey that’s me” and in my opinion no one could say that because the image of Tiev was ambiguous.
The story: Although, you may not have read the book yet, from the synopsis above it is evident that everyone in her family discouraged Tiev from being what she desired to be based on their own fears and belief in female gender roles. Her family did not know their actions were hindering Tiev. The book was really sad and it was hard to see any hope for Tiev. Although, since it is a children’s book I knew while reading there was going to be a happy ending, but will children aged 4-9 years understand this?
Throughout the story I wondered why the child’s name was Tiev, but the readers don’t find out until the end of the story. I believe the back story and explanation of the child’s name would have helped the readers follow the story. As the reader, I would’ve enjoyed a couple pages giving a glimpse into the parent’s lives before having Tiev; to gain an understanding why they lived in such fear.
Overall, the heart of the author won me over. I understand the reason for the book and young people will grow from the sincere message of the book.
Information about Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Mission: The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. They encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via their hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.
NOTE: The full name of the event is Multicultural Children’s Book Day and our official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld.
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Classroom Reading Challenge:
Help spread the word on the Classroom Reading Challenge . This very special offering from MCCBD offers teachers and classrooms the chance to (very easily) earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are pre-screened and approved by them as well.
What MCCBD could really use help with is spreading the word to your teacher/librarian/classroom connections so they can get them involved in this program. There is no cost to teachers and classrooms and we’ve made the whole process as simple as possible. You can help by tweeting the below info:
Teachers! Earn a FREE #Multicultural Kids Book for Your Classroom! #teachers, #books #teacherlife
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Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MulticulturalChildrensBookDay
About the Author
Lynyetta G. Willis, Ph.D.
Author & Licensed Counseling Psychologist
The author’s mantra: “Do not let others define what they did not create…You are a treasure…Remember this now and forever!”
Thank you so much for your support of multicultural books for children. Help children feel good about themselves by incorporating multicultural books in your classrooms, homes, and communities.
Authors learn more about this opportunity here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/multicultural-childrens-book-day-author-sponsorships/#more-1653