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If you are one that shares a love for celebrating culture through food, Rice and Rocks is the perfect book for you.This story follows a young boy named Giovanni who goes on a magical adventure around the globe with his Auntie and pet parrot Thanks to my husband who is from the South in America , I learned that Sunday dinner is a sacred tradition In this book, Giovanni and his grandmother are sharing a traditional Jamaican dish of rice and beans or Rice and Rocks Like many children, Gio If you are one that shares a love for celebrating culture through food, Rice and Rocks is the perfect book for you.This story follows a young boy named Giovanni who goes on a magical adventure around the globe with his Auntie and pet parrot Thanks to my husband who is from the South in America , I learned that Sunday dinner is a sacred tradition In this book, Giovanni and his grandmother are sharing a traditional Jamaican dish of rice and beans or Rice and Rocks Like many children, Giovanni is nervous about the meal because he knows that kids are quick to point out what is different and could potentially make fun of him.The multicultural lesson learned through this amazing picture book is that the food on the table may be different, but the tradition of families eating together is the same With food as the vehicle this book takes you to Japan, Puerto Rico, and New Orleans, US to discover all the various ways rice and rocks is prepared in different cultures This is a wonderful book for every family to read during meal time over a bowl of rice and rocks Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review As always, all opinions are my own (((FREE PDF))) ✓ Rice & Rocks ↠ Tradition takes flight in Rice Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversityGiovanni 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 First of all, deepest, most sincere thanks to Kate Tilton s Author Services and Wise Ink Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review Rice and Rocks is a child s look at tradition and embarrassment in front of friends Giovanni is having friends over on Sunday for dinner Coming from a Jamaican family, that means his grandmother will be serving rice and beans as the main dish, much to Giovanni s disappointment After speaking with his Auntie, they go on a fanciful trip First of all, deepest, most sincere thanks to Kate Tilton s Author Services and Wise Ink Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review Rice and Rocks is a child s look at tradition and embarrassment in front of friends Giovanni is having friends over on Sunday for dinner Coming from a Jamaican family, that means his grandmother will be serving rice and beans as the main dish, much to Giovanni s disappointment After speaking with his Auntie, they go on a fanciful trip around the world to places where his friends family heritage lies Japan, New Orleans, and Puerto Rico Giovanni learns that each culture has their own traditional meals they serve and that Louis Armstrong, his favorite trumpet player loved red beans and rice Upon coming back home, Giovanni isthan excited to share the meal with his friends He understands that traditions are what make us who we are and that most cultures have similar traditions anyway This short little book was so amazing It teaches about acceptance, family, pride of where you come from, and teaches that though people come from different places, we re all pretty similar in the end I will definitely be passing this along to others and I may reread it on days when I need a little encouragement MY THOUGHTSChildren need these kinds of books to help them learn about cultures, how they are the same and different It s a lesson for children to learn that even though we look different, live different, live in different areas, we all have some things that we have in common We may like the same things In this book it is beans and rice.This book is about a boy and his aunt who traveled and the child was so interested in the travels and what he was learning He even had a pet What that pet w MY THOUGHTSChildren need these kinds of books to help them learn about cultures, how they are the same and different It s a lesson for children to learn that even though we look different, live different, live in different areas, we all have some things that we have in common We may like the same things In this book it is beans and rice.This book is about a boy and his aunt who traveled and the child was so interested in the travels and what he was learning He even had a pet What that pet was I will leave to you to find out.The story has many illustrations that are colorful and large, so you can really see them Children need to be in a magical space sometimes and this book lets them explore a magical area of different cultures A lesson for children to learn is be happy and proud of who you are and take in others who are different and yet have many similarities This book is mainly about the different foods that different cultures eat It shows that you may like the same foods A beautifully illustrated, well written story of family traditions.I received this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it This entry is a Perfect Picture Book Friday review It is just a bit different, and I hope you ll like it.PPBF is sponsored by author Susanna Leonard Hill.Opening I woke up feeling great It was Sunday No school No itchy uniform I could play my trumpet, read my Godzilla comics, draw another frog picture, and hang out with Jasper What I loved most about Sundays was my whole family came to visit Why I like this book I love how Giovanni worries about whether his friends will like the Jam This entry is a Perfect Picture Book Friday review It is just a bit different, and I hope you ll like it.PPBF is sponsored by author Susanna Leonard Hill.Opening I woke up feeling great It was Sunday No school No itchy uniform I could play my trumpet, read my Godzilla comics, draw another frog picture, and hang out with Jasper What I loved most about Sundays was my whole family came to visit Why I like this book I love how Giovanni worries about whether his friends will like the Jamaican Sunday dinner of steamed chicken and rice and beans particularly the rice and beans Giovanni calls this dish Rice and Rocks Jasper, Giovanni s pet a large Congo African grey parrot has magical powers, and from the illustrations, it looks like Jasper can read comics Rice and beans is a Jamaican tradition Threetraditions are in Rice and Rocks Jasper and Giovanni s Auntie take a magical trip to the homeland of each of Giovanni s friends Puerto Rico Emily , New Orleans Gabby , and Japan Aaron The national bird of each homeland greets Giovanni, Auntie, and Jasper Oku, a green pheasant from Japan Idalia, a spindalis from Puerto Rico and Flint, a brown pelican from N Awlins New Orleans Giovanni s favorite trumpet playing hero, Louis Armstrong.Comments I loved the story, especially learning about all four cultures and their food traditions The opening is not needed, though the illustration is fantastic Most stories do not need a waking up scene, unless it is important to the story In Rice and Rocks it is not important.Resources Activities Here, if interested, you can find resources based on the book There are some fun facts, games, recipes, wildlife and marine life, and rare wildlife links to information and a lesson plan for teachers PDF Originally posted on Kid Lit Reviews To read the PPBF post, get the resources, and see interior illustrations from Rice and Rocks can be found here Rice and Rocks is a smart, colourful and well written book that makes it easy for us to explain the importance of our traditions and the need to follow them Bright, detailed pictures, and easy to read text made it a breeze to read with my son Giovanni is enjoying his holiday with his Congo African Grey Parrot, Jasper who is no ordinary parrot When Giovanni is a bit miffed about the traditional Sunday meal his aunt and parrot step in to make him aware He along with his aunt flies away on his Rice and Rocks is a smart, colourful and well written book that makes it easy for us to explain the importance of our traditions and the need to follow them Bright, detailed pictures, and easy to read text made it a breeze to read with my son Giovanni is enjoying his holiday with his Congo African Grey Parrot, Jasper who is no ordinary parrot When Giovanni is a bit miffed about the traditional Sunday meal his aunt and parrot step in to make him aware He along with his aunt flies away on his magical parrot to learn about what traditions and culture of his friends.This is story will resonate with all of us since we too struggle with preserving our traditions and culture Living in a world that is being slowly overwhelmed with new and modern ideas, it is easy to forget ourselves and our heritage.The pictures, the spunky parrot Jasper and the easy to follow storyline makes it a wonderful, absorbing read, my son, and I read it and then read it again He had so many questions to ask, so many things to say I think this is a brilliant way of teaching our children about our values and culture.Often the kids frown upon the traditions we have, the activities we do within our culture, by reading this book they will understand them and embrace its importance Not only does the storybook teach us to value our own traditions but to respect those of others.A fun read with good ideas and so much imagination All this was well appreciated by my son as well It s drawing was very cool and I loved the magical part when they touched the bird s beak to get big and small The food adds to the experience since even we eat similar dishes, and my son asked for me to cook Rice and Rocks for him He was happy that kids world over find it as tasty as he does The magic, the travel, and the different experiences add up to a picture book that will be read many times This wonderful little picture book celebrates cultural differences and cultural sameness What I like about it though, the boy in the story learns about his own culture and that of others by going to the places where his friends are from.Children reading this book are sure to get the concept that sometimes, even though we may be different, sometimes we have very similar taste in things, as the case in this book for food.I found it interesting that one of the cultures used the beans and rice as a This wonderful little picture book celebrates cultural differences and cultural sameness What I like about it though, the boy in the story learns about his own culture and that of others by going to the places where his friends are from.Children reading this book are sure to get the concept that sometimes, even though we may be different, sometimes we have very similar taste in things, as the case in this book for food.I found it interesting that one of the cultures used the beans and rice as a celebratory food and that them came up in the end of the book.I thought the book had a magical essence about it because the way that the child and his aunt traveled and the interesting pet he had This gave the book a different spin that I had not seen before.I loved that the child s interest were wrapped up in their travels too That was a nice touch.Finally, I really liked the illustrations in this book, they pretty much filled up the pages They were not loud, bright colors but a bitmuted Some pictures even were in black and white That made them feel in a different time and space.This is the first book from this author and I look forward to reading other books from her 5 stars.Disclosure I received a PDF copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest opinion The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours M.M aka Naila Moon Giovanni isn t impressed when his Grandma decides to cook rice and beans for his friends visit In fact, he calls the dish rice and rocks , finding the beans inedible Auntie thinks Giovanni needs a bit of a reality check and, with the help of Jasper the talking parrot, they take a magical trip to Japan, Puerto Rico, and New Orleans They meet some helpful birds who tell them that rice and beans are traditional family meals in all of those places After a bit of reflection, Giovanni gains prid Giovanni isn t impressed when his Grandma decides to cook rice and beans for his friends visit In fact, he calls the dish rice and rocks , finding the beans inedible Auntie thinks Giovanni needs a bit of a reality check and, with the help of Jasper the talking parrot, they take a magical trip to Japan, Puerto Rico, and New Orleans They meet some helpful birds who tell them that rice and beans are traditional family meals in all of those places After a bit of reflection, Giovanni gains pride in his family tradition.Giovanni learns a valuable lesson that can be passed on to young readers with the help of older family members This book is a good starting point for discussions about their own family traditions The illustrations by Megan Sullivan are simply breathtaking Colorful, rich, and full of detail, they capture the personalities of the characters and the essence of the countries they visit, adding immeasurably to the reading experience I received this book in return for an honest review.Full blog post 26 August 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 m 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 I loved this book for the precious lesson in it that we may be different yet similar and special in many ways The language is simple and so are the illustrations I would definitely recommend this book to all parents, teachers and librarians You can read my detailed review on my blog here Rice Rocks A Celebration of Culinary Diversity I loved this book for the precious lesson in it that we may be different yet similar and special in many ways The language is simple and so are the illustrations I would definitely recommend this book to all parents, teachers and librarians You can read my detailed review on my blog here Rice Rocks A Celebration of Culinary Diversity