We are so pleased to be a part of the blog tour coordinated by BeachBoundBooks for the charming children’s book written by Sandra L. Richards and illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan, Rice & Rocks.
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About the Book, Rice & Rocks
Title: Rice & Rocks | Author: Sandra L. Richards | Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing | Publication Date: August 23, 2016 Genre: Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32
Book Description: 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. Take a look inside the book…
Aren’t the illustrations lovely?!!
Our Review of Rice & Rocks
This book is just fabulous! I was completely intrigued upon reading the description when I was invited to be a part of this blog tour, and the book turned out to be even better than I expected! This was an absolutely perfect way to wrap up our year of learning about Children Around the World!
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. What makes the book even better for me though is that this journey was not one of self-absorption with a complete focus on how special he and his heritage were but instead a journey of learning about others and seeing how the similarities and differences in our traditions are worth sharing and celebrating.
About the Author: Sandra L. Richards
Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.
Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.
About the Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan
Megan Kayleigh Sullivan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in Illustration. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist, and aspires towards a career in the film and animation industry as a concept artist, character designer, or visual development artist (or d., all of the above). She enjoys traveling, writing, telling stories, and hula-hooping. Visit her at www.357meg.com.
Blog Tour Giveaway
Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice.
Blog Tour Schedule
Blog Tour Kick-Off
Girl of 1000 Wonders (Review)
Book Zone (Review)
Basically Speaking (Promo)
Nish Homeschool (Review)
SOS Supply (Promo)
Desperate Homeschoolers (Review)
Reading Authors (Review)
Here Wee Read (Review)
Book Lover Promo (Promo)
Mami Tales (Review)
Books Direct (Review)
Java John Z’s (Promo)
Bound 4 Escape (Review)
Rebecca Krusee (Promo)
Where Connor and JT Go (Review)
Word Magic (Review)
Lizards, Laughter & Love (Promo)
Fascinating Quest (Review)
Tickling Dragons (Review)
Amanda’s Books and More (Review)
Rockin’ Book Reviews (Promo)
Eloquent Articulation (Review)
Untamed Doodler (Promo)
Bookworm for Kids (Promo)
Mel’s Shelves (Promo)
The Blended Blog (Review)
Teatime and Books (Promo)
Kay LaLone (Review)
Oh My Bookness (Review)
K&A Children’s Book Reviews (Review)