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 embarrassedhe 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.
|Publisher:||Wise Ink Creative Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||9.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
About the Author
SANDRA L. RICHARDS is a debut picture book author. 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 at http://sandralrichards.com.
About the illustrator
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 her website.
What People are Saying About This
"Rice and Rocks is a must-read for youngsters developing their convictions, their sense of self, and for learning about the importance of different cultures in our society."
"Rice and Rocks has something, literally, for every child. It teaches the joy of sharing and bonding over mealtime, and the universality of celebrating holidays with traditional food (in this case, the same dish). Rice and Rocks takes me back to when I was a girl in New Orleans. Stories that combined exciting fantasy with sound life lessons remain vivid in my memory, as this one will."
"I love a Monday night in New Orleans eating red beans and rice, just like the Sunday night tradition in Jamaica described in Rice and Rocks. Sandra Richards captures the heart of those traditionsand similar traditions across the worldin a way that reminds us how similar we all, no matter where we're from. And that the main character plays the best instrument in the worldthe trumpetwasn't a bad call, either! I highly recommend this book."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen for Readers' Favorite Rice and Rocks by Sandra L. Richards is a stunning, heartwarming children's book about a young boy named Giovanni. Giovanni's family always has Jamaican stewed chicken with rice and beans, or what Giovanni calls rice and rocks, every Sunday. But this time, Giovanni has friends coming over, and he is worried that his friends won't like it. Giovanni's auntie wants to show him that his friends will like the food, so the two shrink down, and climb onto the back of Giovanni's bird, Jasper. They visit the countries Giovanni's friends' families are from, and find out about many traditions in his friends' cultures that involve the same kind of food that Giovanni calls rice and rocks. Giovanni serves rice and rocks to his friends. Will they like it? I really enjoyed reading Rice and Rocks by Sandra L. Richards. The book teaches the importance of traditions, family, and friendship. I liked that the characters are very diverse, and are from many different cultures. The book is full of adventure, and has some funny parts. The pictures, by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan, are very well drawn, and help to depict each scene. The illustrations of Jasper and Auntie's dogs, Skye and Honey, are adorable. The characters are likeable, because they all understand or learn the importance of tradition. The book is relatable because many people are worried about what they're feeding their friends. Children will enjoy reading this book again and again. I would definitely recommend this book to all young readers.
In her first book Sandra L. Richards uses a special parrot named Jasper and a loving 'Auntie' to show Giovanni that his Jamaican family traditions are important and that he should always value his family and his heritage. Colorful illustrations by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan capture the attention of young readers and Richard's easy-to-read text helps them imagine that Jasper can talk and that travel is possible by riding on this magical parrot's back. Giovanni and 'Auntie' travel to Puerto Rico, Japan and New Orleans, the homeplaces of his friends, and he discovers that rice and rocks (rice and red beans) are eaten in these places also. Giovanni is shown that even though he and his friends come from different places they are more alike than different. This book is an excellent book to share with a child who may feel different from his classmates. It reminds us that we may come from different cultures with diverse traditions but we should value those traditions and take pride in them. Rice & Rocks reminds us that we really aren't that different after all! I received a free copy of this book from the author but I voluntarily reviewed this book.