Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Book Review and Activity of Amelie Gets Busy!

Written by Agatha Rodi

Illustrated by Joanna Scott

For Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld

Reviewed by Maritza Martinez Mejia – Author

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) falls on January 27, 2016. The mission of MCCBD is to not only raise awareness for kids’ books that celebrate diversity, but to also get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries. MCCBD assigns a book for participating bloggers to review.

I reviewed Amelia Gets Busy! 
written by Agatha Rodi and illustrated by Joanna Scott.I recommend this book for children ages 5-8 years old. 

Since the beginning of the story, the main character, Amelia seems impressed with all the wonders around her at the village’s farm with her Greek grandma named yiayia.  Visiting Grandma is an opportunity to enjoy nature, flowers, plants, birds and farm animals. The lovely yiayia protects Amelia with affection and care. The children story ends with a fond display of yiayia’s favorite keepsake box where she keeps the reason to be impressed of farm’s life.

The author Agatha Rodi uses elegant rhymes to make the story dances with poetic structure. Soft pastel illustrations depict the simple and beautiful gardening and farming’s Greek life style. 

My favorite lines:

“A jar of yiayia’s favorite cherry jam
Some pieces of spinach pie and feta cheese
Full of spices and crispy dough.
I always take my village with me,
The blue light and the hues of the rainbow
That make me say wow!
That’s why I’m so impressed!’

Activity to AmeliaGets Busy! designed by Maritza Martínez Mejía @2016

The last stanza in the book tells why Amelia is so impressed:

1.    Create your own keepsake box
2.   Fill out the five lines
3.   Add all the things that make you are impressed

A jar of ----------------------------------------------------------
Some pieces of -------------------------------------------------
Full of ------------------------------------------------------------
I always take my -----------------------------------------------
The --------------------------------------------------------------
That makes me say wow! 
That’s why I’m so impressed!

The MCCBD team’s mission is to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. MCCBD encourages readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits and event.  The full name of this event is Multicultural Children’s Book Day and the official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld on Twitter and other social media.
The co-creators of MCCBD are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. Find a bio for Mia and Valarie here. View the Diversity Book Lists and Resources for Educators and Parents here. Connect with Multicultural Children’s Book Day on Facebook.
MCCBD Co-Hosts
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Hosts and you can view them here.

All Done MonkeyCrafty Moms Share,Educators Spin on it,Growing Book by Book,Imagination Soup,I’m Not the Nanny,InCultural Parent, Kid World Citizen,Mama Smiles,Multicultural Kid Blogs,Spanish Playground

Classroom Reading Challenge
MCCBD holds a 
Classroom Reading Challenge. This very special offering offers teachers and classrooms the chance to very easily earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are also pre-screened and approved by them as well.

The Classroom Reading Challenge has begun! Teachers can earn a free diversity book! #teachers, #books  


  1. This looks like a fun read !!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Perfect for summer and gardens and visiting relatives! Thanks!


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