Honeycake: A Family of Spices
A Children's Picture Book About Diversity and Acceptance
Literary Titan Gold Winning Book
Studies show that supporting diversity in early childhood books is a two-pronged process: helping children to feel good about themselves, their families, and their communities, and also exposing children to differences, things that are unfamiliar, and experiences beyond their immediate lives. Research suggests adults who read books with diverse characters to their children will increase awareness, appreciation, and inclusion of diverse cultures.
WE WANT ALL KIDS TO SEE THEMSELVES REPRESENTED
Honeycake: A Family of Spices, the first book in Medea's Honeycake series, introduces readers to a diverse, multi-cultural family that is full of love. A grandmother explains why she calls her grandchildren "honeycakes" while she teaches her granddaughter, Nala, how to bake a honey cake.
Through imagination, the grandmother details how each delicious ingredient represents a different family member and his or her unique ethnic background.
This charming book also includes a recipe and step-by-step instructions on how to bake your own delicious batch of honey cake with your Honeycakes!
The Honeycake Series is a glimmer of HOPE and POSITIVITY, which will not only entertain, but it will educate, empower and enlighten children and their families for generations to come.
The valuable lesson that readers can expect from the first book in the Honeycake series is a strong message about diversity and acceptance. Caregivers can teach their children that, "even though we look different and come from different places, we are all part of one race...THE HUMAN RACE. In this beautiful world, we live in, WE ARE ALL ONE."
Readers give this book and series a 5.0 out of 5 stars!
"What an amazing book. My daughter is 8 and was delighted to read this book without hesitation. Sends such a beautiful message and discusses diversity. We then followed the recipe in the back of the book and created our own delicious honeycake! Can't wait to order the rest of the series!"
"A Delicious Lesson in Diversity!
"The entire premise of this book has me smiling from ear to ear. Kalantar artfully teaches not only acceptance of diversity, but the celebration of it. And what a delicious way to go about it! The metaphor of spices as people is inspired. Each of us has a unique contribution to our human family and our world. This is a great lesson for children and adults alike!"
"This book is a sweet story about a loving grandmother and her granddaughter. I enjoyed seeing a children's book with a family that has multiple cultures in it. It reflected my reality growing up and currently in my marriage. My teen son wanted to take a book and volunteer to read to kids in a lower grade. A Kindergarten class enjoyed reading time, listening to this story!"
It's the perfect gift for all teachers and children, preschool through grade 3. It helps caregivers and educators start an age-appropriate conversation about diversity by reflecting on what spices they are made up from that makes them unique-just like a honey cake.
About the Author
Kalantar, Medea: - Medea Kalantar, a Reiki Master and Practitioner, is an award-winning author of a new children's book series called Honeycake. Medea was inspired to write these books when she became a grandmother. Her stories are all based on her own family, whose members come from many ethnic backgrounds. This unique mix is a perfect recipe, and it's the reason that she calls her grandchildren her little Honeycakes. With more lovely stories to tell, Honeycake will be followed by a series of books. Each one tells valuable life lessons and gives parents and children the tools to overcome obstacles in their everyday lives. These books will teach children how to do random acts of kindness, have honest and open communication, and practice gratitude. Children will even discover how to meditate and manage their emotions when things don't go their way. Medea writes her stories to help young readers count their blessings and to share positive messages about diverse multicultural families.