Honeycake: A Family Of Spices , introduces readers to a diverse, multi-cultural family that is full of love. A grandmother explains why she calls her grandchildren “Honeycakes” while she teaches her granddaughter, Nala, how to bake a honey cake. Through imagination, the grandmother details how each delicious ingredient represents a different family member and his or her unique ethnic background.
This book is a story about acceptance and celebrating the different backgrounds that make us unique. Just like the spices in a honey cake, our different ethnicities blended together, create the single beautiful entity that is humanity, which adds flavour to life! Shedding light on what makes us different brings compassion, understanding and positivity to the darkness. At the end of the book there is a recipe for readers to follow so they can make their own honey cake. This book has many different meanings, It’s more than just a recipe. It’s a recipe for life as well, because it’s teaching all about diversity and multiculturalism. The main subject of the book is that eventhough we look different and come from different places, we are all part of one race…THE HUMAN RACE. In this beautiful world we live in, WE ARE ALL ONE.
The illustrations in all my books are cartoon versions of my actual family. The only fictional character is Nala. I wrote these books when my daughter Shanaz was pregnant. She ended up having a little boy. My grandsons name is Lukenzo.
“Help I Swallowed A Butterfly” is the second book in the delightful Honeycake series. In this sequel, Nala gets stage fright at school. But with the help of her mom, Nala learns how to get rid of those pesky butterflies in her tummy. This charming book empowers young readers to practice mindfulness and meditation so that they are able to meet life’s challenges head-on in a healthy and balanced way. “Help I Swallowed A Butterfly” is clearly written and incredibly relatable, with step-by-step instructions and guided meditation exercises for young readers. This book is also a valuable resource for caregivers who want to provide a positive introduction for children to the world of self-care and managing those butterflies.
This book is exactly what I needed to help my 6-year-old process her emotions. She has some anxiety and I had been trying to help her learn to breathe and release for months, but she would refuse. However, once she saw herself reflected in Nala, the book’s main character, she actually did it! This book is written in language and a style that really appealed to my daughter, and she loved the fact that she had seen the character before in the author’s first book, Honeycake. Thanks, Medea, for creating this sweet story that has become a very useful tool in our home. It normalizes my daughter’s feelings and offers suggestions for working through them. I’m a happy mom.
is a precious account of one little girl's misunderstanding of the idiom, "butterflies in your stomach."
When Nala is asked to read in front of her elementary classroom, she feels a stirring from within. As her teacher explains that she has butterflies in her stomach, Nala begins to picture a literal tangle of butterflies she must have swallowed by accident.
Nala is nervous. In fact, she's more than a little nervous. When she is asked to read in front of her elementary classroom, she feels a stirring from within. As her teacher explains that she has butterflies in her stomach, Nala begins to picture a literal tangle of butterflies she must have swallowed by accident, and her misunderstanding continues to blossom before she can arrive at home and be set straight by her mother. “Help I Swallowed A Butterfly”
Nala is nervous. In fact, she's more than a little nervous. When she is asked to read in front of her elementary classroom, she feels a stirring from within. As her teacher explains that she has butterflies in her stomach, Nala begins to picture a literal tangle of butterflies she must have swallowed by accident, and her misunderstanding continues to blossom before she can arrive at home and be set straight by her mother. Help I Swallowed A Butterfly
In the third instalment in the charming Honeycake Book Series, Nala brings her outgrown toys and clothes to Rainbow Hall, and spends the day with her Grandma and Uncle JD discovering a special magical power we all have, called KINDNESS
This book follows the journey of Nala and how she learns about the magical powers she and everyone else has. She learns a valuable lesson from her family about kindness and how much it can mean to another person. I absolutely love this book. It is adorable and teaches children such an imperative lesson. It also presents the idea of kindness in such an understandable way, even for young children. Nala learns about small things, like smiles, but then the story moves on to a much more serious topic. She is donating her old clothes and toys to a shelter for families; she learns about families who have lost everything. Her kindness of donating her old stuff that she has outgrown shows just how important it is because donating her old things cost her nothing, but it meant everything to those families to have clothing and toys. I love how this book can spark important conversations with children about how some people are less fortunate, and how sometimes you need help and it is okay to ask for it
Nala is packing up her toys, books and clothes to take to Rainbow Hall. Can you spot my other two books in this picture?
In the fifth installment of the delightful Honeycake book series, Nala’s mama and papa are celebrating the birth of their newborn son. But, when baby Luka receives so many presents and all the attention, Nala becomes angry and green with envy. This book teaches children the importance of gratitude and how to focus on what matters most in life. Showing gratitude is a great way to find balance in the materialistic culture we live in today.
In the fourth installment of the delightful Honeycake series, Nala goes into her papa's office without permission and breaks his favourite mug. Nala panics and hides in her bedroom.
With the help of her parents, Nala learns a valuable lesson of trust and how to have an open and honest communication in a safe space.
Nala also learns that trust takes a long to build and can easily be destroyed in a split second!
With A Circle of Trust there is no beginning and no end, which signifies that your love for one another is endless and will last forever.
International Review of Books badge of achievement. Which line stood out from all the others in the book? The point of the book is to teach about trust and having a circle of trust in the family. The line that stands out for me is when the father or papa introduces the idea. He says, "This is our circle of trust. It means you can come and talk to us about anything, and we can come and talk to you, too. It explains it and involves all of them.
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Every Sunday my family and I would have an open forum to talk about what ever was on our minds. It’s important to create a safe space, so your children can come and talk to you about anything without worrying about getting in trouble. I hope this book opens the door to create your circle of trust with your children.
I thought using building blocks as a metaphor, on how long it takes to build, but how quickly it can be destroyed in a split second was a good visual for children to grasp the concept of trust..
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