Nowruz in the times of Corona
10-year-old Delarai and her family have just moved from California to Belgium, and the transition has been rough. Delarai has to learn new languages, adapt to a new culture, and deal with the freezing Belgian winter. On top of all of that, she has trouble fitting in at school, especially when her friend Emilia starts ignoring her.
Attisa, the Brave Girl from Venus
Attisa loves her life and her friends on Planet Venus—especially her teacher, Ms. Wilka. But something is very wrong: Ms. Wilka is sick, and the only cure is a kiss from a magical Unicorn. Determined to bring a Unicorn back to Venus, Attisa sets off on a brave quest in a spaceship she builds herself. There’s just one problem. The Unicorns have all gone into hiding. What on Earth is going on?
Little Mischievous Kids
This story, titled Little Mischievous Kids, introduces Allisa, an immigrant girl from El Salvador bullied for her otherness by two vicious students. In turn, a fairy curses the bullies by turning them into donkeys during the day. Allisa, the victim, feels guilty for having wished ill upon her donkey-bullies in spite of their aggressions. Despite her shame, she comes to the aid of the donkeys and they eventually learn to be compassionate, like Allisa has always been.
My Recipe for Good Mental Health: (English and Chinese Edition)
After her mother shares the harrowing tale of her life, Delarai learns to pick her head up and adopt her mother’s strength. Delarai has trouble understanding many things in her life—her grandmother’s mental illness, her great-grandfather’s disdain for her mother, and her best friend’s betrayal, to name a few—but Delarai’s mother soothes her. Boldly, Delarai devises a recipe for coping with the persistent questions in her life with the wisdom her mother grants her—a recipe for good mental health.
A Gift from Tonga
A Gift From Tonga is a story of a mixed-race family’s adoption of a baby girl from Tonga. The bubbly tale follows what baby Annalisa loves in her first few months of life. From fashion shows with sister Delarai to trying yummy new foods with Maman, Annalisa is adventurous from the start! This book focuses on growing up in a household with a mixture of strong cultures, finding a balance between blending cultures, and embracing your ethnicity.
Saying Goodbye to Madar
Delarai loves visiting Madar every Saturday and enjoys eating the Iranian Shirin Polo she prepares, but one Saturday, her mother tells her they can’t go visit Madar anymore because she’s passed away. Her relationship with Madar is full of tenderness and knowing, and she feels a heartfelt connection to her Iranian heritage at Madar’s funeral in a place her mother calls the cemetery. She’s the only kid invited, and she feels a special kind of pride knowing that Madar will always be with her so long as Shirin Polo exists.
Solal Goes to School
Follow along as Solal attends his first day of Kindergarten! So maybe he’s a little nervous, but his family helps him feel comfortable, as always! He’s super excited to meet his teacher, and he wonders what awaits him beyond the gates of the school. What he finds there is a total surprise.
The Discovery of Magic
Alone and isolated in an ancient fire temple, Delarai is the first bi-racial Princess of Ariana. Ostracized by society for her otherness, cast aside for her parents’ past decisions, Delarai learns to master extraordinary healing powers through cooking. As legend has it, Delarai becomes the first bearer of magic.
Cook to Learn with Chef Koochooloo: Around the World in 26 Educational Expeditions
This learning-infused cookbook integrates educational information into fun recipes that enhance math, food science and geographical knowledge, all the while promoting positive social change. Each lesson provides students with the opportunity to embark on a culinary journey where they will discover a new part of the world through diverse representations of characters, locations, recipes, and content.