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Fri May 19, 2017, 01:34 PM

Dad creates adorable children's book after daughter asks why no characters look like her

Source: Mashable

When four-year-old Madison turned reading time into an inquisition about why she was Chinese, unlike the characters in her favorite books, Madison's father knew something had to change.

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"I created the character Pepper Zhang because when Madison was a little over two and a half, I couldn't find any interesting, illustrated children's books that featured an Asian child as a main character or hero of the story," Zhang said in a Kickstarter video, explaining that many of the books he did find focused specifically on cultural experiences.

"I was really looking for books that followed just the story of a really cool and awesome child that happened to be Asian without the story completely being focused about the fact that she was Asian," he said. Zhang partnered with illustrator Trisha Hautea to produce the hardcover book.

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"While it's important for children to learn about their cultures through books," Zhang wrote on the crowdfunding page, "it's equally important for Asian children to see themselves represented in books as interesting and smart individuals rather than just products of their cultures."





http://mashable.com/2017/05/16/pepper-zhang-childrens-book/?utm_cid=hp-h-7

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 01:48 PM

1. might also suggest good night stories for rebel girls

bought that for my grand daughter

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #1)

Fri May 19, 2017, 01:57 PM

2. Wow, what a great book!




Another good source:

http://www.amightygirl.com/

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After years of seeking out empowering and inspirational books for our four young nieces, we decided to create A Mighty Girl as a resource site to help others equally interested in supporting and celebrating girls. The site was founded on the belief that all children should have the opportunity to read books, play with toys, listen to music, and watch movies that offer positive messages about girls and honor their diverse capabilities.

Girls do not have to be relegated to the role of sidekick or damsel in distress; they can be the leaders, the heroes, the champions that save the day, find the cure, and go on the adventure. It is our hope that these high-quality children’s products will help a new generation of girls to grow and pursue whatever dreams they choose -- to truly be Mighty Girls!

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Fri May 19, 2017, 06:14 PM

4. thanks for posting that ..did not understand it was a kickstarter thing

it took a while for the copy to show up...explains a lot now...got an email from them that they were now up to 500,000 copies.

i do know that when i saw the information about the book i realized that my very feminist late mother would haunt me if her great grand daughter did not get a copy.

her birthday is next month....

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 02:15 PM

3. I think makers of children's books should consider

Publishing the same story, but with variations of ethnicity and appearance, if it isn't germane to the story. Sure, it's more expensive, but it might be a good niche market.

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