Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Puerto Rican Sopa de Plátano (Plantain Soup) Recipe


Raising a multicultural child to love and know his culture and heritage is no easy task especially when we live away from extended familia for instance in this case from Puerto Rico.  He's a true Southern boy, and one way to teach our child to love his Latino heritage is through food.  Oh glorious, and delicious Puerto Rican food.  

Monday, September 28, 2015

Our Favorite Spanish Children's Book Collection via Instagram

Little one and I have been blessed with wonderful friends, and family who are always thinking of us! We've received Spanish children's books from Spain, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and different parts of the U.S.A. how cool is that! Other times, I literally celebrate when I find a Spanish children's book in our neck of the woods.   Below you'll see a collection of our fave Spanish books, and some English one, too that I've share on my Instagram account.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco is the story of Jacinta, a 12 year-old Mexican-American girl finding herself immersed in a cross-cultural and social status conundrum. In a funny, yet sad twist of fate the lives of a White reporter Kathryn Dawson Dahl and Jacinta's are intertwined.



Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it.  I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own. Thank you! 
“Miss, will you be my Amiga?”
Amiga means "friend" in Spanish, but at the youth center, it meant a lady to take you places.
I never asked myself if two people as different as Miss and me could ever really be amigas.
The White reporter (referred to in the novel as Miss) unexpectedly becomes a mentor for Jacinta. This is where the doors of another world, unbeknownst to Jacinta make way through her life. She's caught in the middle of emotions, and longing of her own life in the barrio; and the excitement and newness of opportunities to come. 

The novelist Judith Robbin Rose does a wonderful job of portraying Jacinta in a way that she can connect with either children in her same situation, or even with children who have never experienced these types of challenges.  

I highly recommend this book.

The novel will spark many questions in middle-grade readers, and will provide for a great topic of conversation in today's news on undocumented immigrants and their American-born children, whom often find themselves in situations just like Jacinta's.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sharing Our Hispanic Heritage: Ideas for the Classroom & Community

Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time for us as a familia to share our Hispanic heritage with little one's friends at school, and with our community.

Although Latinos are the second largest, and fastest growing minority group in the United States in our small Southern community we don't have a large Latino presence.  This is our opportunity to educate others on the beauty and richness of our heritage so they too can embrace diversity.  This is significantly important due to all  the negative media towards Latinos that we are seeing daily.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #31

Welcome to the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop! The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place where bloggers can share multicultural activities, crafts, recipes, and musings for our creative kids. We can't wait to see what you share this time!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Minions Movie Birthday Party

Little one had a grand time during his 7th birthday celebration!  Last year we went all out with a Survivor birthday party. This year, I didn't have the time or energy to plan another one like that. 

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