Drawing from Her Heritage Sherlett Hope-King Spreads Message of Diversity

Published: Sat Oct 27 2018

In the United States, the number of people from different ethnic groups has been increasing in the last decade. A study by the Houston Chronicle concludes that almost all communities are diversifying, with more inhabitants from racial and ethnic minorities than ever before.

Educator and author Sherlett Hope-King knows first-hand the importance of this type of diversity in the classroom setting.

"With my background in early childhood education, literacy and reading have always been a big focus in every lesson plan that I put together. I have worked with children from as young as two years old up to twelve years old. We always have different types of books, especially to help children learn about other countries and spark their curiosity to know more about their world," Hope-King comments.

However, when perusing an international bookstore in Santa Monica, Hope-King noticed that her home country of Belize was missing from the shelves. To fill this gap, she decided to write "Holidays at Grannie and Dodís", a book that was inspired by her own Belizean heritage.

"There is so much to learn about Belize, and I only cover the tip of the iceberg in my book. The intention is to provide teachers, students, and parents with a teaser that will make them want to investigate further and learn more about the country."

The book includes the sensory experiences, from smelling her grandmotherís cooking, to tasting the local spices and hearing Belizeís reggaeton beats. It is the authorís hope that this will provide a framework around which curricula can be designed.

"I wanted the book to be a prompt for other activitiesóan experiment with music, for example, or an experiment with cooking," adds Hope-King.

The book also emphasizes the importance of family values. "Itís all about family," explains the author. "Having such tight family ties was so important to me growing up, and it is a value I wanted to share with others who may not have this strong foundation."

Publisher Lisa M. Umina comments, "We all have a unique story about where we come from, and this book will help children not only to learn about a new country but to think about their own origins and family histories."

For more information about Sherlett Hope-King visit http://www.halopublishing.com. "Holidays at Grannie and Dodís" is now available at Halo Publishing International, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Books a Million in Hardcover for $21.95, Paperback for $14.95, and as an e-Book for $5.99.

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