In our world of international conflict and daily "News Bites " of yet another crisis arising from perceived differences of culture, nationality and race it is difficult to shied our youngest from the relentless onslaught of negative media output.Never has it been so important to allow them to look at the other side of the coin where hope, kindness, sharing and cooperation across our borders between nations and their peoples.To this end The Author Nebras Hassan , a primary teacher herself, decided that she would speak up in a voice and genre that would reach the eyes , ears and hearts of our youngest in a way that is meaningful to them in a charming story that casts a positive eye upon our troubled times.
The story centres around an alien mother and her young son preparing a cake for his upcoming birthday celebration.Discovering they have no eggs to bake the cake the pair of them set off on a journey to the planet Earth in search of eggs.During their exciting adventure across eight different countries and the continents of our planet they are met by kindness and although all our bakers are without eggs each offers “A Slice Of Cake” instead.As thy travel the globe the reader gets an introduction to the various greetings of each nationality and a little about the culture of each country.
At the end of their journey they discover that the eight pieces together form a complete multi cultural cake and the eggs are not needed as the kindness of the collective citizens of earth has completed their task.
This is a charming book illustrated by Terry Greenwell in bright and beautiful cartoon style pictures.As a springboard to discussion and classroom activities it is ideal and as an assembly centre piece it would be wonderful to watch.It is Nebras Hassan’s wish that as many children as possible see and hear this story to give voice to a powerful and much needed message to the world.
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