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A Multicultural Picnic

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A nice book to get conversations started about different cultures and different families. The illustrations are nice and the dialogue was interesting.
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This is a fun Own Voices book for children about diversity and multiple cultures. This is book 3 in a series.

The family has a picnic in the park because their grandparents aw visiting from out of town. Unfortunately the kiddos meet some boys who aren’t very nice and that’s when things get a little hectic, even worse their pet chicken goes wandering away. 

Everything seems crazy. However, everyone learns about each other, learns not to judge before we know someone, while also representing each of their own cultures with respect for different cultures, too! 

I just reviewed A Multicultural Picnic by Victor Dias de Oliveira Santos. #AMulticulturalPicnic #NetGalley
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A multicultural picnic is a children's picture book which follows Dylan and Isabella when they meet their extended family in the park for a picnic. This book teaches children to be kind, to not judge a 'book' by its cover, whilst also introducing them to different cultures and languages very smoothly. It includes examples of phrases of different languages including Mandarin, Ukrainian, Portuguese and Zulu, and also shows different foods from these cultures.
I would recommend this to children aged 5+.
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This book I really enjoyed. It is about different cultures coming together for a day of the park at the park for a picnic. I love how the author Incorporated languages in the story. The illustrations were well-drawn, colorful, detailed and related to the story. I love how the book tackles bullies and did a complete circle with examples. I am excited about reading the other books in the series. I recommend this book to higher elementary grades. I give this book five stars
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I would love to join in a picnic like this one, with Ukrainian, Portuguese, and Zulu languages being spoken (not to mention the new foods to try!).  Along with a polyglot chicken...there's a lot to like about this book which touches on tolerance, kindness, acceptance, and friendship.
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Everything about this story felt too forced. I love the idea of families and friends coming together and speaking different languages, but this didn’t feel natural.
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This is the continuation of the multi-languages series. Here we meet Emma, Dylan's and Isabella's friend from Zulu. So interesting! 

In the recent event of racisme, this is a good reminder that having friends are better than collecting foes. Each person has their own uniqueness, and should be proud of it. Their friend should cherish the difference and learn the culture of each other, which will enrich you.
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This was a great book! It has a great message of loving and accepting all cultures. I loved how it included Ukrainian and mandarin language. It also has a great message of being kind to everyone. I will definitely recommend this book to my students.
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A Multicultural Picnic looks at friendship, culture, and diversity. 
Told through the story of Dylan and Isabella when they meet with extended family and friends for a picnic. We see different food, cultures, and languages. There are some good take-aways from this story around acceptance, tolerance, anti-bullying, and kindness. The plot isn’t incredibly engaging. However, as an aid to start conversations, specific aspects could be dipped into and used over a few sessions.
Very grateful for the web links with the definition and pronunciation of the words in other languages, I am never sure whether I get them right! This was a helpful addition!
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the e-arc to review.
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A Multicultural Picnic by Victor Dias de Oliveira Santos is a children's book centering around about kindness, acceptance, respect, and diversity. The story focused a brother (Dylan) and sister (Isabella), who are of Ukranian and Portuguese descent, along with their families members meet a friend (Emma, South African descent) and her family at a park for a picnic. While at the park, several other boys bully the three friends because they are different. Later, one of the bullies pushes another of the bullies (Lee) down and gets his shirt dirty. The three friends help Lee (Chinese descent) get cleaned up, invite him to their picnic, and end up becoming friends with him. The book gave opportunities to learn about different cultures and languages. Would recommend - great way to teach children to embrace their differences and to take the opportunity to learn about others. How boring would this world be if we were all alike?
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This fun engaging story will have your kids asking questions all the while learning a few words from different languages. In a time where cultures are mixed more than ever, it's important for kids to learn to respect the differences of others. The author does a great job introducing the topic in a way that children will understand what is trying to be conveyed. 

Wouldn't it be fun if you and your family decided to have a multicultural picnic? Even if you don't know anyone from a different background well enough, just trying new foods is a great start!
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This was a lovely multicultural picture book letting kids know that it is ok if they aren’t just like the other kids they know. It introduces kids to some different cultures and languages. I loved that not only the definitions were included, but that there was an on-line link that allows you to hear exactly how the words are pronounced. It was great that the kids in the story showed kindness and even made friends with one of the kids who bullied them. This is a book that would lead to great discussions with your kids. The illustrations were wonderful and detailed. As I saw other reviewers mention, I also wish that more food was mentioned with an explanation on what the food was. 


Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. 

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Love everything about this book. I really appreciate the anti-bias theme and how it shows knowing about different cultures doesn't make you different but makes you special. such a great book to have for young children. the pictures were beautiful as well. everything about this book was great
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This book is a children’s book about a family picnic. The main children in the story are  Ukrainian Brazilian and there are South African and Chinese American children in the story as well. There are a lot of nice life lessons to learn from this book and I would definitely recommend it to children aged 4-8
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A multicultural picnic by Victor dias de Oliveira Santos
Learning the value of adding new friends helps people learn more languages and traditions
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This story follows a multicultural and diverse group of friends having a picnic. The story tackles a bullying situation in a positive way: the kids react to a mean comment with kindness and compassion. It was nice to see words from different languages and children with different backgrounds. This is a good read-aloud for conversations around culture, differences, and how we all speak different languages. I found the story was so focused on the message that the plot was a bit stilted, but this doesn’t detract from the value of the book. Good for both home and classroom discussion.

Thank you to NetGalley, Victor Dias de Oliveira Santos (author) and Eszter Miklós Illustrator) for a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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“A Multicultural Picnic” by Victor Dias de Oliviera and illustrated by Eszter Miklas is a charming multimedia picture book that champions the benefits of being diverse and multilingual. 

It seems perfect for those aged 4-9 as it will encourage parents/ guardians to read along with their child(ren) and the supervised interactivity - where using online resources - will show reading can be fun. 

The illustrations were lovely and they really complemented the story. Eszter Miklas conveyed the diversity of the heritages referenced in the book. 

I would, however, have liked to learn some food and drink terms consumed at the picnic. 

My main criticism is that the title could have been a bit more imaginative, given its target audience - children. For me it was too literal

***Thank you to Netgalley and Linguacious for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.***
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Thank you NetGalley for the chance to review this book. It is definitely part of a series I would like to have on hand in our school library. I like the positive way the children intervened and responded in a bullying situation. The illustrations are detailed and colorful. Since this is a story with a picnic, I would have liked the food to be described a little more, since food is a big part of culture. I think having a kid-friendly recipe or two at the end of the book would have been a great addition.
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This was super cute!! It's so important for children to see people of different races in picture books, and I especially loved the themes of not judging people for their cultures, and being proud of your heritage instead of ashamed of your differences. The embedded language phrases were so fun and I loved the mixed-media experience of being able to hear the correct pronunciation!
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Can we have more children's books dealing with multi-cultural friendships, please?
I am half-Asian, half-European myself & how I wish we had such books back then, when I was a little girl.

I have enjoyed how this book features foreign language terms and also shows children that kindness and friendship don't know race or colour. This is a wonderful book to enable children to grow up with an open mind.
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