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Featured Book Review: Starr and the High Seas Wedding Drama
A Flower Girl World Book
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in 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.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.
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This wonderful book was donated by author Lynelle Woolley and Markelle Media LLC.
Title: Starr and the High Seas Wedding Drama
Author: Lynelle Woolley
Illustrations: Karen Wolcott
Publisher: Markelle Media, LLC
Starr Rubio and her family are going on a cruise. They’ll be attending her Abuela’s marriage to Walter. Abuela and Walter met on a cruise. His family will be joining them too. Walter has a granddaughter around the same age as Starr and her name is Ivy. The two will be flower girls in the wedding. The girls have a few other things in common, they both like to sing and dance and both are afraid of what this marriage will do to their families. Starr and her family live in Texas while Ivy and her family live in California. Starr worried her grandmother would move to California and she wouldn’t be able to spend much time with her. Ivy worried her grandfather would move to Texas and they wouldn’t have their special times. Together they come up with a scheme to pull the happy couple apart. First, they convinced Walter to take a BFF test they found in a teen magazine to prove he doesn’t know everything about Abuela, but getting to know each other is part of the journey and the couple were happy to learn more about each other. Then the girls entered them into a cooking contest. Abuela was so worried about Walter and his fumbling around with the food that her own dish failed and Walter won the contest. At first Abuela seemed hurt but at dinner she bragged about Walter. Once again, the girls plan failed. It was then that the girls realized their grandparents loved each other and should be together, that is, until the grandparents had their first fight. It all started with a soccer game. Starr and Ivy had never seen their grandparents so angry. It would now be up to the girls to make sure the couple reconciled and move forward with the wedding, but how would they do it?
Author Lynelle Woolley has created a heartfelt story about family. Readers will learn that everyone doesn’t have the same likes or dislikes and it’s our differences that make us unique and interesting. Readers will also learn that love can sometimes make us do foolish things and be able to accept someone for being who they are. This story also shares Hispanic culture and what it means to be a part of an extended family. The characters are fun and engaging. Illustrator Karen Wolcott has sprinkled black and white images throughout the pages to share the emotion of the characters. This book is directed towards girls and would be a fun read-a-loud for a book club.