At the end of the month on January 31, 2020 we’re participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day. But there are way too many wonderful multicultural/diverse books to limit ourselves to just one day.
Let’s get started with the inspiring picture book autobiography, Hello, Crochet Friends!: Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy by Jonah Larson and Jennifer Larson, with photographs by Erin Harris.
Jonah Larson is a phenomenon. Born in Ethiopia, a family from Wisconsin, adopted him when he was an infant. Later he struggled at school until one day — at five years old — he picked up a crochet hook. Soon crocheting became his passion and it has changed his life. Now he says he wants to share the joy of crocheting with everyone.
Although this is an autobiography, Jonah tells one part of his story and his adoptive mother Jennifer Larson tells another part. The duel points of view are poignant. Jonah also shares one crochet pattern (this is NOT a how-to book).
I was so impressed with the map that shows the location of all his crochet friends from around the world. He really is spreading the joy.
Hello Crochet Friends! is a one-of-a-kind book about a one-of-a-kind boy. It might just inspire readers to find their own passions.
Jonah shares his projects on the Jonah’s Hands website. Check out the videos and see his enthusiam for yarn and crocheting for yourself.
Age Range: 5 – 12 years
Publisher: KWiL Publishing (July 23, 2019)
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