Multicultural Children’s Book Day is today!My Review of “Marvellous Mexican Misunderstanding!”

I am so thrilled joining the Multicultural Children’s Day last year was the second time meeting such a huge number of supporters, knowing so many writers, with fabulous Diverse elements in their writings. This year, 2018,  I am reviewing a middle-grade picture book the “Marvellous Mexican Misunderstanding” written by Evi Triadaffylides, illustrated by Nefeli Malie presented on (


Well, Worldwide Buddies, being 2018 Gold Sponsor for the event, is a series of fictional, educational stories for children with characters from different countries around the globe. Its aim is to introduce little ones to the diverse realities and wonders of the world, early on, helping them learn different perspectives, and imagine a more beautifully complex world.



I feel so excited reading the story whose main theme has to do with the festivity is “El Día de Los Muertos” or Day of the Dead. A young boy, Adri, goes back to live in Mexico with his family and once the celebration has to take place he thinks he will die! Through well-structured dialogue and beautifully chosen words, the members of his family initiate the reader in the different ways the Day of the Dead is celebrated, offering the chance even to grownups to be informed about this unique Mexican Tradition!




The misunderstanding in Adri’s mind functions as the way to present the celebration and its importance in uniting family and especially kids with their ancestors. I read the story in my English Class and my students got impressed especially by the existence of the Janitzio island where Mexicans and visitors from all around the world celebrate the Day of the Dead. The illustrations depict the area along with  Mexican culture in the best way with colors and themes that make the book unforgettable for any kid!


Don’t miss the chance to read this beautiful book and use it in your class as a guide to Mexican culture!Here is a great site  You will surely have the  desire to  experience the “Day of the Dead.”



Great info to include in choosing “Marvellous Mexican Misunderstanding” is down below,  with a variety of sources, to get to know more about this important celebration, enjoy the sweets’ recipes and the “marigolds” specially made for the celebration.


More about Multicultural Children’s Book Day:

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th 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 the home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators. 

Current MCBD Sponsors:

MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. View our 2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors here:

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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:

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of the 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:

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“Still, around the corner, there may wait, a New Road or a Secret Gate.” J.R.R.Tolkein

Christmas time is all the time! Hope, Love and new beginnings are waiting for all of us!Writing my last post for 2017 makes me wonder how Christmas time can be a good option for change and much Hope! Not only adults but mostly kids face the challenge of coping with loneliness at Christmas. For many people, of any age, Christmas is full of anxiety, isolation, and tension. Community events and reconnecting with people can make the difference in your life, so do think what is in your life and not what is missing! It’s so encouraging to read on sites and blogs that many bookstores around Greece have events for reading fairy tales of different Greek areas or famous Christmas themed stories from around the world that teach kids so many things.

Enjoy with me, at this Rock Post my suggestions for books, get your kids, have a reading party, with your friends and let them invite theirs, too, the more the merrier! This will give your kids something to look forward, making the best new festive memories to look back! Happy, Joyful Reading for the new year 2018! Kali Xronia! Happy New Year!




A World of Cookies for Santa takes readers across the globe to see all the treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. Head to the Philippines, where children leave out puto seko cookies and ginger tea for Santa; jet to Russia for a honey-spice cookie; then set out for Malawi for a sweet potato cookie! When you’ve returned home, the journey’s still not over—M. E. Furman provides recipes for children to bake some of Santa’s cookies for themselves.  



Master pop-up artist Chuck Fischer’s most glorious creation yet — CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD is the perfect holiday gift. Featuring France, Germany, Russia, Latin America, Scandinavia, Great Britain, Italy, and the United States, every spread is packed with delights: a luxurious central pop-up image, plus removable booklets, pullouts, mini pop-ups, and more. The text illuminates unique Christmas traditions, gift legacies, and portraits of mythic figures, such as England’s Father Christmas and Italy’s Le Befana.




This “new classic” Christmas story brings together two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity. Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter’s Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family’s drafty shack. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone to become a Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need.



As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder… 

“Who invented Christmas?”
Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that…




The Stowell family is abuzz with holiday excitement, and Frankie, the youngest boy, is the most excited of all. But there’s a cloud over the joyous season: Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and Pa hasn’t returned yet from his trip to Lansing. He promised to bring back the oranges for the mantelpiece. Every year there are nine of them nestled among the evergreens, one for each of the children. But this year, heavy snows might mean no oranges . . . and, worse, no Pa!
This is a holiday story close to Patricia Polacco’s heart. Frankie was her grandmother’s youngest brother, and every year she and her family remember this tale of a little boy who learned–and taught–an important lesson about giving, one Christmas long ago.




One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Will she share what she has learned? Warm, lavish illustrations by James Bernardin bring to life a timeless tale by Lori Walburg, a story that will help families celebrate the mystery and miracle of Christmas―for many Christmases to come.



Which elf will build the coolest sleigh for the Christmas ride? SANTA will decide!

When the elves discover that Santa’s sleigh is in a terrible state, they let their imaginations go wild – and soon there are sleighs of every kind, inspired by big rigs, motorcycles, zeppelins, and much more!




“It’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself” Roald Dahl.

Twinkling stars are seen from my window now and urge me to write this post. Being away from my blog means my life is busier than you can imagine, having no spare time for the things I like. I could blame the circumstances or fate but then Cindy Hilsheimer’s famous quote popped up on my screen reminding me that”Fate is the optimal combination of choice and chance.” So, when Life dictates our free time and puts barriers we do need that positive sign of being Loved. I  got a message about this nomination about a month ago and I felt so bad for not being able to make a post right away! 


Many thanks to children’s author Marcia  Strykowski ( for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Don’t miss the chance to visit her blog for great posts on Children’s books and suggestions on writings. Thank you, Marcia, once more for this nomination, it’s my first one!


Here are the rules for accepting this award:

1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog to their post.
2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
3. Must add 7 facts about themselves.
4. Nominate 15 people to do the award

I couldn’t come up with 7 things about myself so I decided to write about the things I like.

  1. I like Summer because the everyday rhythms go slower and I enjoy the blue sea! Siesta time and too much ice cream!


2.I Love Peaches! If you ever think of a way to make me lose my mind then bring me a basket of crunchy peaches!


3. Favorite books to have with me, if I am ever stranded on an island:





4.Love walking in Nature!



5.Animals I LOVE keeping me company, dogs, dogs, dogs!


6. The best place to live: Ireland!


7.The craziest thing I have ever done? Although it’s hard to reply,  I guess, flying over the glaciers in Alaska, was the wildest thing that ever happened to me!


And now for my nominees! I’ve seen the rules stated two different ways, sometimes nominating 10 people and sometimes 15, so I’m going with ten. As always, there is absolutely no pressure to play along, completely optional, just wanted to give a shoutout to your lovely blogs!

I wish you receive Lovely Awards from your friends always! Until next Rock Post show your Love and Support through Lovely Words!



“Where on Earth would I go?”

“Well check the globe and make a random choice or better go to that secret place you always wanted to go!” inner self’s voice, responding. Having a full schedule with school newcomers and teen rebels for no cause at all, I do need a whole month to find my way to my regular routine. Working full time at my school means being there for everyone and deal with everything. Summertime is gone, no more fun or sleep, life is the way it is, and escaping while daydreaming is a temporary enjoyment. So, traveling somewhere in the globe, with a backpack and no worries seems a good option!


Studying seems to be an insurmountable task for my students and their mind is on maps, countries, and traveling!  I got the idea of searching for books related to traveling and here I am! Enjoy books on traveling, maps that can help your kids to escape reality and travel through the magic pages and illustrations. Well, daydreaming replaces traveling for a while but don’t stay glued to it, dare to travel, set a goal and make it happen! Going places is the best medicine to every day’s craziness.

Till next month’s Rock Post, make things happen and get to know which direction suits you the best!


In this playful introduction to maps and geography, step by simple step, a young girl shows readers herself on a map of her room, her room on the map of her house, her house on the map of her street–all the way to her country on a map of the world. Once the reader is familiar with the maps, she demonstrates how readers can find their own country, state, and town–all the way back to their room–on each colorful map. Easy-to-read text, bright artwork, and charming details give children a lot to search for and will have them eager to help navigate on the next family vacation.



Children will gain a whole new understanding of the world we live in with this fun, first-look at geography. This engaging picture book is like a mini virtual globe for kids! Starting in their bedrooms, children will travel outside for a look around the streets of their neighborhood. Then, they’ll zoom out for a bird’s eye view of their town, city, suburb, and countryside. They’ll move out even further for a view of the states, the country, and the different continents. The next stop is space, for an exciting look at our solar system and universe!


This book provides kids with a very simple introduction to the compass rose and to each of the four main directions of north, south, east, and west. North and south are described as cold since the very top and bottom of the map are near the north and poles. East is described as the place where the sun rises, while West is described the place where the sun sets. There is a glossary on the last pages of the book with definitions of some of the words in the book. This book includes appealing photographs on each page. This would be a good book to read before diving into lessons about the compass.


The Cat in the Hat introduces beginning readers to maps–the different kinds (city, state, world, topographic, temperature, terrain, etc.); their formats (flat, globe, atlas, puzzle); the tools we use to read them (symbols, scales, grids, compasses); and funny facts about the places they show us (“Michigan looks like a scarf and a mitten! Louisiana looks like a chair you can sit in!”).

follow-that-mapMaps are about far more than getting from a to b. Maps can help children understand and explore both their everyday environment and faraway places. With an appealing search-and-find technique, Follow That Map! is an interactive picture book that explains and demonstrates key mapping concepts. Kids will enjoy following Sally and her friends as they search for Max and Ollie, a mischievous dog and cat on the lam from the backyard. Sally and friends take an imaginative trip through the neighborhood, city, and country, around the world and beyond. Kids can join in the search for Max and Ollie, who are hiding somewhere in every map. An activity at the end of the book shows children how to make a map of their bedroom.


Is it the Sun or the Sea? Oh! Yes! It’s the watermelon I see!

July is considered to be the Watermelon month, but here in Greece, it’s the beginning of the real watermelon harvests. If you wonder about the first recorded watermelon harvest, well it occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings! That’s so cool, indeed!To taste a watermelon is to know “what the angels eat,” Mark Twain proclaimed.



This sweet fruit with the refreshing flavor was bitter with hard, pale-green flesh, generations of selective breeding, spanning several countries and cultures, produced the sweet red fruit. If you wonder about Watermelon well here are some facts to read and some books on watermelon, too!

The thing is, watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin B6, which is vital for normal brain function. Moreover, the water percentage in this delicious fruit is similar to the water percentage in the brain.


Watermelon is packed with Vitamin A, which is great for your eyes. It helps to boost your eyesight power,  keep your eyes healthy and your eyesight sharp.

Add watermelon to your summer salads and smoothies, grill it or eat it raw, just feel the joy of crunching it!Eating watermelon or drinking watermelon juice each day is one of the most delicious ways to stay hydrated during hot summer months!

Don’t miss reading while eating watermelon!


”Happiness is a watermelon on your Head” by Daniel Hahn.

A cauliflower hat, a fish bonnet, a few large animals, a flying boar called Melvin and a whole lot of watermelons.  To the villagers who watch her going about her day, it is clear that Miss Jolly is irritatingly happy. Her never-ending cheerfulness leaves three of her neighbors highly confused and jealous, driving them to ridiculous and hilarious measures in an attempt to compete with Miss Jolly in the happiness – and headgear – stakes. Beautiful and insane in equal measure, this wacky book follows three local busybodies on their journey to discover the secret of true happiness!


”Watermelon Party” by Jasmine Cabanaw.

Watermelon Party is based on a real event that happened at Rocky Ridge Refuge. On July 4th, Janice put out a watermelon, and one by one the animals gathered around the watermelon, sharing in its juicy sweetness side by side, despite their differences in species and size. It is the perfect story of friendship, love, animal rescue, and good, old summertime fun! There is also a bonus game of “Duck, duck, goose!” A little duckling rides in on the first animal. In each illustration, the duckling is sitting on a different animal, until the very end, when the duck lands on a surprised goose. The writing style is light and fun. The repetitive rhyming scheme will help children with their reading skills and learn action words.


”Peter ‘Spit’ a Seed at Sue” by Jackie French Koller.

Irresistible summer fun!

Just then we heard a fella yellin??
He was sellin? watermelon! . . .
We chomped and slurped
And gulped and burped,
Then Peter spit a seed at Sue. . . .

Four friends turn a boring summer day into a rollicking, watermelon-seed?spitting adventure that takes them all the way into the town square, where everyone can?t help joining in on the fun. But when the mayor arrives, will she put a stop to it all?



”One Watermelon Seed” by Celia Barker Lottridge.

Max and Josephine tend their garden while readers follow along, counting from one to ten as the garden is planted. Then readers can count in groups of tens as the garden is harvested, while they search through the pictures for the many small animals that are hiding throughout. A concise and clever text introduces color and rhythm, and the illustrations are bright and engaging, making this a perfect counting book for children.



”The Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli.

This book introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. This book is highly engaging with its whimsical illustrations and ability to capture and calm feelings of anxiety with humor and a wild imagination. The best part of all is the crocodile’s burps!


”Watermelon Wishes” by Lisa Moser.

When Grandpap teaches Charlie how to plant watermelon seeds in the spring, Charlie hopes they’ll grow a “Wishing Watermelon.” Grandpap has never heard of such a thing, and when he asks Charlie what he would wish for, Charlie won’t tell. Through a whole summer of biking, fishing, basketball, and waiting for watermelons together, Grandpap tries to guess his grandson’s harvest wish.

Lush, vivid paintings evoke the friendship, teamwork, and affection between grandfather and grandson as they share their wisdom and this special summer together.


”Watermelon Day” by Kathi Appelt.

Here’s a book that encourages patience as you watch young Jesse wait all summer long for her watermelon to ripen.  You can almost taste the sweet juicy fruit as she anticipates biting into it for her family’s annual watermelon day, time for fun and tasty watermelon!


Till next month’s Rock Post, do read as many books as you can, play on the beach and have tasty bites of watermelon.



“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.” Hans Christian Andersen “The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography.”

Oh! yea! Summer is here and if you want to live it fully then you do have to think of doing something like  “pulling a full sized boat over a mountain” according to Werner Herzog, the famous German screenwriter. Visions come to life when we disconnect ourselves from the daily routine and head to the beach! Sailing away is the best option if you wish to explore more your own self and think of the fun and adventure included.


Every sailing trip has an educational aspect once you opt for leaving the known surroundings you have made the right decision because that’s your chance to know something new and open your mind while spending quiet moments looking at the sea, under the dazzling sun, that’s Harmony enveloped by Serenity.

Adrift! A little boat adrift!

And the night is coming down!
Will no one guide a little boat
Unto the nearest town?

So Sailors say—on yesterday—
Just as the dusk was brown
One little boat gave up its strife
And gurgled down and down.

So angels say—on yesterday—
Just as the dawn was red
One little boat—o’erspent with gales—
Retrimmed its masts—redecked its sails—
And shot—exultant on!

Emily Dickinson



But if you still think of the tides and how to best enjoy them, deepen your toes in the sand and read a book that will probably inspire you to write more and discover the true meaning of summer holidays. Here are some books I consider great for you to choose.

Boats Float!
From steamships to ghost ships, to the little and big in-between ships, this fun, the rhyming book explores a wide array of boats. The third in George Ella Lyon’s transportation series, Boats Float! Takes to the Seas with dynamic illustrations that will keep even the youngest of readers eager to turn the page.


The Circus Ship.

When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard. With buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured illustrations evoking the early nineteenth century, Chris Van Dusen presents a hugely entertaining tale about the bonds of community — and a rare hidden-pictures spread for eagle-eyed readers of all ages.


Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee!

With enough lunch for three, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee head out to the sea. But what begins as a fun day in the sun turns a bit bumpy when one playful whale decides to say hello. Soon the crew that once was floating finds themselves flying! How will they get down? Who will come to their rescue? And when will they ever get to eat lunch? Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee is a great read-aloud, sure to provide fits of giggles.


Sail Away, Little Boat!

A red toy boat that sports a yellow stripe on its sail travels from brook, to river, to the ocean. Arriving at the seashore, it is quickly embraced by three children. The back page has a visual epigraph: the little boat floats in a luxurious bubble bath with its new, yellow rubber-ducky friend. Ishida’s brilliantly colored spreads, done in mixed media, cast a swirling, whirling spell of balanced design. Working together in perfect pace, both text and illustration explore the natural world with circular lines and round, playful shapes that convey the toy boat’s passage among deer, whirligig beetles, Past silver-swift minnows/that scatter and school, onward to the river where lickety-split/the sleek otters slide. Delightful sounds, rich language, imagery, and buoyant verse characterize the writing. The book supports standards in science, art, and the language arts while providing children with an artistically rich visual and aural experience.


Toy Boat!

A little boy has a toy boat. He made it out of a can, a cork, a yellow pencil, and some white cloth. The boy and his boat are inseparable, until one day when the wind pushes the toy boat out into the wide lake. Alone now, the little boat must face fierce waves, a grumpy ferry, a sassy schooner, and a growling speed boat. How the little boat misses the boy! But if he is going to survive, he must figure a way to do it on his own.

Loren Long has a timeless and magical touch. As he did with The Little Engine That Could, he creates a world of toys and children that go right to the soul. Toy Boat will sail into young hearts and stay there.



If you want to be a real dreamer then travel and see, there is more to actually live!Till next moth’s Rock Post, live your life up to the most and sail away so you can find your way!

“Have Patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.” (Saint Francis de Sales.)

Life’s rhythms can be really destructive if we let impatience and negative thoughts to conquer our thinking and psyche. Being tormented  is a word especially good for talking about a mental pain or anguish, and its ultimate root is the Latin word torquere, “to twist.” When experiencing intense feelings, impatience blocks your way of thinking, filling your mind with a total blank. You may think that adults are more prone to be tormented by various issues but this is not the case thinking of that adult as a kid, years back. Certain examples of kids’ behavior are associated with an emotional intensity that is often mistakenly perceived as emotional immaturity.  This specific emotional intensity, essential to the learning process has to do with gifted children, those who need understanding and support to accept their rich inner experiences and value emotional intensity as a strength.


Critical self-evaluation and self-judgment, feelings of inadequacy and inferiority occupy kids’ minds, and these emotionally intense gifted kids often experience intense inner conflicts. Different ways of expressing themselves and their intense emotions can be the solution through stories, poems, artwork, music, journal entries or physical activities. Most of the times, what  is more, productive is to write down on paper your thoughts than hyper-analyzing them, as the saying goes: ”Too much Analysis brings Paralysis.” Speaking from personal experience and too much Analysis on the issue of Emotional Intensity, thinking of being able to find a solution I ended up that listening to your instinct is the best thing to do. What it feels right to do, will wash fear away if you can trust the guidance you receive from your intuition.


Thinking of books that can uplift your emotions here are some which I find fantastic to use in class as a part of a Read Aloud Day, before summer holidays.

  • Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things that Make Me Happy by Scott Menchin (Author, Illustrator)

    51fazsmh1rl-_sx258_bo1204203200_From celebrated illustrator, Scott Menchin comes a wise and witty meditation on the true secret to happiness.
    ”I miss your smile today, Sweet Pea. What would make you happy?”
    What do you do when it seems as if nothing will make you happy? For one little girl, it’s a good time to take a survey, from subjects including a quick little rabbit (running around in a wheel), a balding gent (counting rings on a tree), a snazzy centipede (shoes, lots of shoes), and other sundry characters. Enlivened by his whimsical characters, Scott Menchin’s amusing story shows us that just doing what we love to do best can bring the biggest smiles of all.

  • Sometimes I’m Bombaloo (Scholastic Bookshelf) by Rachel Vail (Author), Yumi Heo (Illustrator)

    711439Vail & Heo deliver a wise, warm take on tantrums.
    Let the Scholastic Bookshelf be your guide through the whole range of your child’s experiences–laugh with them, learn with them, read with them!
    Category: Feelings
    Sometimes, Katie loses her temper.Sometimes she uses her feet and her fists instead of words. When Katie is this mad, she’s just not herself. Sometimes, she’s BOMBALOO.
    Being BOMBALOO is scary. But a little time-out and a lot of love calm BOMBALOO down and help Katie feel like Katie again!

  • The Way I Feel by Janan Cain (Author, Illustrator)

    51ycxiprcelA fun and colorful, rhyming book that introduces children to a variety of emotions and their names. Covers a broad range of emotions from pride to thankfulness. This is one of my favorites.

    Till next month’s Rock Post, enjoy life every minute, have fun, laugh a lot and express yourself, looking at the bright side of things!