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I was very honored to be chosen as a reviewer for the annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021.
The book I was given to review is Scribbles, written and illustrated by Theresa Mackiewicz-published by Mascot Books.
Scribbles is a young girl who struggles in school. She would rather draw her favorite animal, frogs, all day. Mrs. Sunshine notices her struggle and guides her in her schoolwork so she can feel successful in both environments: school and drawing. Come along with Scribbles and watch how she conquers both!
I really enjoyed this book because it shows the role of an inclusion teacher or resource specialist or classroom aid. I have never read a book showing how this additional staff works in a classroom to help one specific child in various subjects so I was impressed by this focus.
Scribble, a budding artist, is struggling in math and English and failing in both. She feels unable to follow the classes so she draws. She has almost given up hope. Enter Mrs. Sunshine ready to help. She gets to know Scribbles and her love of frogs and drawing. Scribbles trusts and likes her. Mrs. Sunshine works with both teachers and they strategize on how to use Scribbles talent and to teach a little slower for her. The result is success.
The book includes additional information for the parents and teachers on how to use the book and techniques to try. The author is also the illustrator and uses a lot of frogs in her drawings since that is Scribble’s favorite. They are brightly colored and eye-catching. The author is also a special education with an understanding of struggling students and how a regular classroom operates. She also plans a series of books on other disabilities.
She has a website www.tmackbooks.com with more information. The reading level is about third grade.
I want to leave you with her positive statement that appears often: “Just remember…Close your eyes and dream…You will get there.”
Elaine Butler, Librarian
Multicultural Children’s Book Day is a non-profit children’s literacy initiative founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.
Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.
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