Book Review of Honeycake: A Helping Hand
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Written by Medea Kalantar
Illustrated by i Cenzial
Ages 4+ | 33 Pages
Publisher: Medea Kalantar | ISBN-13: 9781777289768
What to Expect: Friendship, disability, inclusivity, activism.
With its cast of diverse characters and relatable situations, the latest Honeycake book focuses on understanding and accepting disability.
Nala is excited to go to her uncles’ fundraiser and see all the beautiful designs they are sharing to help raise money. She’s even more excited when her uncles tell her she’ll be meeting a very special little girl who is running the fundraiser. When she meets Alexis, however, Nala is surprised to find she had a prosthetic arm. How does Alexis manage to do so much good despite her disability? Alexis introduces Nala to other children with limb disabilities and helps her understand that having a disability doesn’t mean you can’t achieve extraordinary things. Nala is inspired by Alexis and her friends and can’t wait to tell her parents all about her exciting day!
The story invites readers to see people with limb disabilities through fresh eyes, as individuals with unique talents and capabilities who should be defined by what they can do – not what they cannot. At the same time, depictions of different races, gender, sexual orientations, cultures, and beliefs encourage readers to be inclusive in the way they view society. Colorful digital illustrations reinforce these ideas, depicting diverse characters working and having fun together. A glossary at the end of the story helps readers understand the new terms they have come across with regard to both disability and activism.
Overall, Honeycake: A Helping Hand is a great introduction to limb difference for young readers.
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About the Author
Medea Kalantar is a Reiki master and practitioner, a Guinness World Record Holder, and a multi-award-winning, best-selling author of the Honeycake Book Series(TM). Inspired to write these books when she became a grandmother, Kalantar’s stories are based on her own family, whose members come from many ethnic backgrounds. This unique mix is a perfect recipe—just like the spices in a honey cake. That is why she calls her grandchildren her little Honeycakes.
With all the negativity in the world, Medea Kalantar’s series is a much-needed glimmer of hope and positivity. The Honeycake Book Series(TM) teaches valuable life lessons, giving children the tools to overcome obstacles in their everyday lives. The Honeycake books teach children about diversity, acceptance, kindness, mindfulness, trust, and gratitude. This series will enlighten, empower, educate, and entertain children and their families for generations to come.
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