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New Book Release: Mary and the World Table

Mary now has many friends and enjoys playing and learning with them. Her class has students from all over the world. To represent and showcase this diversity, a multicultural event was hosted by the third-grade teachers and the students were asked to bring food from their home countries. All students enjoyed tasting a variety of cuisines and many children and parents also wore their traditional clothes. The event provided an opportunity for students to learn about the cultural backgrounds of their friends and develop an appreciation for them. As in the previous book, coloring pages are included for the young readers.

IN STORE  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2024 11:00 AM CT
Storytime, Author Event, Special Event

Madelyne Oliver: Mary and the World Table

ABOUT THIS EVENT:

We invite you and your family to share in the magic of reading! Spend the morning with us and help us welcome local illustrator Madelyne Oliver as she reads her children's book she illustrated for story time followed by an activity for your young ones to do! Come join us on the stage in the children's department for a reading of, "Mary and the World Table," by Dr. Fawzia Reza.

The event provided an opportunity for students to learn about the cultural backgrounds of their friends and develop an appreciation for them.

Come and meet Ms. Oliver and pick up a copy of the book for her to sign for you!

The Animal Kingdom Collection
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Mary and Her
New Friends

ILLUSTRATED BY: 

The illustrations in "Mary and Her New Friends" are a captivating blend of vibrant colors, gentle lines, and imaginative details that bring the story to life.

Each page is adorned with beautiful artwork that complements the narrative and engages young readers.

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The Story

A young disabled Pakistani girl Mariam, who is lovingly called Mary by her family, is at first a lonely young girl at school. She soon discovers a beautiful new truth about herself: her cultural heritage and artistic abilities can give her the skill of henna art, but more importantly, bridge new friendships when all hope seems lost. She successfully makes new friends by demonstrating her talent drawn from her native culture, empowering her to no longer see her limits, only her strengths by which she can grow. 

 

If your child is struggling to make friends at school, this book will remind her to look within at her own strengths and see any differences as marks of strength, beauty, and resilience. Even more so, the power of art can empower us to embrace who we are and where we come from. Mary and Her New Friends is written specifically to attract preschoolers and kindergartners and includes some coloring pages of sample henna patterns at the end of the book. Readers can color these in, thereby developing their creativity and fine motor skills.

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