Although both my kids are in school full time now, their world is still small and protected. Sometimes I see things on the news and I think I should talk to them about it but I shy away. However, when they ask questions I try to give them age appropriate truthful answers. The Boy Who Asked Why allowed me to broach the topic about class prejudice. Bhim’s story is truly inspirational. The Boy Who Asked Why is a book about courage, resilience, hope and the power of education.
The Who Asked Why was based on the life of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (Babasaheb Ambedkar). It was written by Sowmya Rajendran and illustrated by Satwick Gade. Bhim was born in India, in 1891. During that time the caste system was rigidly adhered to. He was born into the Untouchable (Dalit) caste. People from the Dalit caste were street and latrine cleaners. The Boy Who Asked Why follows Bhim’s journey through life.
I loved the book. Bhim was such an inspirational character. You can’t read this book and not get emotionally invested. You want know how Bhim deals with the challenges that come his way. At the start of the story we are told:
As a child, Bhim knew that the world he lived in was
like a ladder. Different groups of people made the
different steps of the ladder. Bhim knew that he
belonged to the lowest step…
His experiences and what it means to be a Dalit was handled with care, sensitivity and explained simply for younger ones to understand. As it is with small children, they ask lots of questions. Like any other child, Bhim asked ‘why?’ His resilience and determination to change circumstance for his people, lead to changes in his country.
Reading this story with my children it made me realise just how innocent they still are. In their little minds prejudice happened in the ‘olden days’ and in other places not England. So we had a brief age appropriate chat which allowed as all to appreciate Bhim’s successes.
Who said one person can’t make a difference? Read Bhim’s story to be inspired.
Valentina’s best bit: She loved the illustration. The thought Bhim was so cute with lil chubby cheeks and was moved by the story and his trials.
My best bit: I concur with Val on the above.
Format: Hardcover, Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Author: Sowmya Rajendran
Illustrator: Satwick Gade
Dimensions: 8.5″ x 9.5″
I would certainly recommend this book; Bhim is an inspirational one. It’s a lesson to us all, never stopping asking ‘why?’ when we see injustice.
Visit KitaabWorld website for more information on all their books, including The Boy Who Asked Why?
Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
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Super Platinum: Make A Way Media
GOLD: Bharat Babies, Candlewick Press, Chickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcito, KidLitTV, Lerner Publishing Group, Plum Street Press,
SILVER: Capstone Publishing, Carole P. Roman, Author Charlotte Riggle, Huda Essa, The Pack-n-Go Girls,
BRONZE: Charlesbridge Publishing, Judy Dodge Cummings, Author Gwen Jackson, Kitaab World, Language Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ Languages, Lee & Low Books, Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, Redfin, Author Gayle H. Swift, T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s Daughter, TimTimTom Books, Lin Thomas, Sleeping Bear Press/Dow Phumiruk, Vivian Kirkfield,
MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board
Honorary: Julie Flett, Mehrdokht Amini,
Author Janet Balletta, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Josh Funk, Chitra Soundar, One Globe Kids – Friendship Stories, Sociosights Press and Almost a Minyan, Karen Leggett, Author Eugenia Chu, CultureGroove Books, Phelicia Lang and Me On The Page, L.L. Walters, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Hayley Barrett, Sonia Panigrah, Author Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing Dreidels, Author Susan Bernardo, Milind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid, Tara Williams, Veronica Appleton, Author Crystal Bowe, Dr. Claudia May, Author/Illustrator Aram Kim, Author Sandra L. Richards, Erin Dealey, Author Sanya Whittaker Gragg, Author Elsa Takaoka, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo, Anita Badhwar, Author Sylvia Liu, Feyi Fay Adventures, Author Ann Morris, Author Jacqueline Jules, CeCe & Roxy Books, Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, LEUYEN PHAM, Padma Venkatraman, Patricia Newman and Lightswitch Learning, Shoumi Sen, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci Sorell, Shereen Rahming, Blythe Stanfel, Christina Matula, Julie Rubini, Paula Chase, Erin Twamley, Afsaneh Moradian, Lori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls Revolution, Soulful Sydney, Queen Girls Publications, LLC
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts
A Crafty Arab, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Biracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon Reads, Educators Spin on it, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin Lee, Jump Into a Book, Imagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s Class, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Raising Race Conscious Children, Shoumi Sen, Spanish Playground
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.
FREE RESOURCES From MCBD
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