This magically educational book teaches children about colors, careers and cultures while also easing them in to learning Spanish. I love how the characters represent various cultural backgrounds, and the story itself is well written and easy to follow. I appreciate books that empower children, and reassure them that they have the ability to become whatever they dream to be. Rarely do we see books that teach about careers, so I think it is really wonderful that Karl has created a book that teaches not only about various careers and cultures, but does it in a fun filled, magical way using the concept of a spectacular cape that can transform the child into various characters. I have my favorite pages…they are all beautifully done, but I LOVE the page with the knight and the maiden in the forest, which leads to the ending where they cape allows the child to even disappear. To me, this reminded me of meditation, and being able to mentally escape to a place of peace at any given moment that you choose. This book is wonderful for many reasons, and carries an essence of magic, wonder, and empowerment while encouraging the reader to expand their horizons and learn about other languages and cultures.
The illustrations beautifully match the magic of the story, and each page feels special, as if you are transported with your imagination and intentions to these places that every child is capable of reaching.
This is Karl’s twentieth book, and fourth in a series of books that teaches children specifically about careers. I am delighted to be sharing this book with you all, and highlighting a wildly successful author who is changing the world and inspiring children with his ideas.
About the Author:
Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of 20 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 50 ebook titles (reviews by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book’s blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA (he knows the secret to peeling avocados), he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast/film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His survival western, To Swallow the Earth, won a 2016 International Book Award. An ESL and college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. His nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, nonfiction, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, wordless and STEM books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Deseret Book, Follett, iBooks, Ingram, Papercrafts Magazine, Target.com, The U.S. Congressional Record, Walmart.com, FB, Twitter, http://KarlBeckstrand.com, https://GozoBooks.com