I am one of the 60+ bloggers reviewing books for the Multicultural Children's Book Day. Thank you to Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom for organizing this Book Day. Thank you to House of Anansi and Groundwood Books for sending A Salmon for Simon so I could review it.
A Salmon for Simon was written in 1978 by BettyWaterton and illustrated by Ann Blades. It is about a young boy who has been trying to fish a salmon all summer, but who hasn’t been lucky and hasn’t caught a single salmon yet. Then, one day, thanks to an eagle, he has the opportunity to catch a salmon, but he decides not to. Simon is young, but he decides to help nature with his own hands. I love the relationship between the water, the fish and the boy. I have the feeling that water is like a thread that brings Simon, his family and nature together. My son's favourite thing about the book is the eagle and Simon's decision. He'd love to do the same in Barcelona, but I don't think we have any eagles (nor salmons, for that matter!) These are my favourite lines: "Now the sun had set and a chilly wind was starting to blow. Simon’s hands were sore, and his feet were cold, but he felt warm inside." This captivating story is great to teach children to appreciate, love and enjoy nature.
Who are the creators of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day?
Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book is a best-selling children’s author of The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide To Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. She is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and is proud to be a play and reading advocate. Valarie’s mission is to inspire children,families, and communities, to experience and create our world together while having fun.
Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom is a Harvard grad with a love of children’s books (picture books through YA) and sneaking in teachable moments in art, science, math, foreign language and language arts. Mia is passionate about getting kids excited about reading and helping parents ensure that their child is successful at school.
Check out here the rest of great bloggers who are participating in the MCCBD around the world!