The Big Buna Bash

The Big Buna Bash


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When Almaz makes a mistake in school, she’s really embarrassed! Other kids tease her because they don’t understand her Ethiopian culture. How can she use her family’s traditions to make friends? She needs to host a BIG BUNA BASH!

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ISBN-13: 9781951565015
Publisher: Brandylane Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/05/2020
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Sara C. Arnold is just a woman who loves coffee, especially buna! Born in the U.S., Sara immigrated to Israel in 1981, and she now teaches English in Jerusalem. She hopes this book will encourage children to understand and respect people different from themselves. "The Big Buna Bash" is Sara's first publication. Visit Sara online at

Roberta Malasomma was born in Naples, Italy. In 2013, she earned her bachelor's degree in graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts. Using her passion for drawing, Roberta followed her dreams and started illustrating children's books. Her favorite illustrators are Beatrix Potter and Helen Oxembury.

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The Big Buna Bash 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 4 days ago
One should never be ashamed of one's culture, even if those around you do not understand it or make fun of you for it. Almaz is Ethiopian , it means diamond. She overcomes bullying and exposes her classmates to a buna, coffee, party. There they put aside their differences and learn of the Ethiopian tradition and receive a baraka (blessing).
Jothebookgirl7 6 days ago
" Buna means "coffee" in Ethiopia. The buna ceremony is an important part of Ethiopian and Eritrean culture. During the ceremony, the hostess prepares the coffee in front of her guests and then serves it as a sign of friendship and hospitality. A buna ceremony is not only about drinking coffee, but also a way of bringing people together!" This book is just lovely in text and visually. Warning, it will make you want a hot cup of coffee. Almaz, Is a first grade girl and is a a new Ethiopian immigrant. She feels embarrassed during roll call because her name is different from her classmates. Here, Almaz wishes for a regular name like everyone else in the class. One morning in her Language Arts class she makes a mistake concerning a native word Buna, which leaves her feeling very embarrassed. As a result, she is taunted and teased by the other children. At home Almaz breaks down and shares her hurt feelings to her mom and big sister. Big sister says HER friends think A Buna party sounds like a lot of fun. So, they decide to throw a buna bash so her classmates can experience Ethiopian culture and traditions. I like how the family turns a sad, hurtful situation into a happy, heartwarming one. I do believe this age child would be accepting of a different kind of party and want to attend. The illustrations are rich and greatly support the storyline. The story highlights that children should be proud and embrace their heritage and uniqueness in this diverse world. And, we should be receptive and accepting of those who different to us.