Cyrus Webb reviews Demystifying Diversity

When it comes to the topic of diversity it can honestly go in so many directions. What I would say about Daralyse Lyons’ new book Demystifying Diversity: Embracing our Shared Humanity is that she strives to break it down to more than a US against THEM and see the why.

Through the interviews and her own personal observations we see how being singled out or labeled as impacted others. It also does something I wasn’t expecting. It turns the tables repeatedly on the reader, forcing us to ask what would we do or who would we be. In horrific events in history would be the one who was the oppressed or would we be the oppressor? Would we stand up for what is right or will be stay by? These questions are difficult but necessary if we are going to see things really move forward in a positive (and productive) way.

There’s another thing that Daralyse discusses in the book that is sure to step on some toes. I know it did mine. That being the words we use to categorize things, like being “good” for eating a salad or “bad” for not. The impact of what we say as well as what we do can impact the way people see themselves and feel about themselves.

Bottom line is we’re ALL a work in progress. This book challenges us to identify the work we ALL have to do and get about doing it.

Rani in Search of a Rainbow: A Natural Disaster Survival Tale

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Displaced by the Pakistan floods, Rani's family has taken refuge at a relief camp where they are doing their part to help other flood victims. Eight-year-old Rani wants to assist but doesn't know how. Heeding the advice of her father to help in a way only children can, Rani embarks on a journey to bring true joy to a dear friend on the occasion of Eid.


"This sweet, touching story is based on the historic 2010 floods in Pakistan which affected 8.6 million children. As a result of reading Rani in Search of a Rainbow or having it read to them, youngsters will be introduced to the culture of Pakistan."

--WAYNE WALKER, Home School Book Reviews


"Abdullah's use of poetic language and Rani's quest to find her place in her community will keep readers turning the pages until the end."

--GWENDOLYN HOOKS, author of 17 books for young readers


"Rani in Search of a Rainbow glows under the colorful hues of its text and rich characters. As readers, we are taken into a unique setting that one would not expect to visit in the confi nes of a children's picture book."

--JEWEL KATS, author of Reena's Bollywood Dream and Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair


SHAILA ABDULLAH is an award-winning author and designer based in Austin, Texas. Her other books include: Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall, My Friend Suhana, and A Manual for Marco. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award and Patras Bukhari Award for English Language.


For more information please visit www.ShailaAbdullah.com

From Growing With Love Series at Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com

LCCN: 2014024041

Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Homelessness & Poverty


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