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My five-year old son and I love reading this book. It has a sweet magical component, but the real genius is how naturally it disrupts old stereotypes: one of the girls is the scientist; one of the boys is the baker, etc. It celebrates diversity and collaboration in a simple yet compelling way, with lively and colorful illustrations.
An enchanting, engaging, heart-warming and very timely book for kids and parents that teaches and shows that we are all the same -- human -- even if we are a little different. The characters are kids of different backgrounds, best friends who embark on an adventure with a bit of magic and a lot of love! Lovely writing and illustrations. Kids will and relate want to be friends with the Gokul gang! Hopefully there will be more adventures in the future!
Amazing book, very different than many of the other books we have bought. My daughter loves the gorgeous art, the fun song, and the interesting characters. This is the book of today. Very global and a wonderful glimpse of different cultures. A perfect gift for new parents and kids. This is my daughter's FAVORITE book!
I bought 3 copies of this book. One for my daughter, one for her school and one for a gift. Not only is Gokul VIllage and The Magic Fountain a fun, engaging read for parents and kids, it's messages of cultural appreciation, collaboration and friendship are so needed in today's world. Great characters, illustrations, and positive role models. I hope to see more from Gokul Village!
Each child can identify herself / himself with one of the 6 characters - it helps to open the dialogue with your child about how she/he wants to participate / contribute to the community and to make a difference. However, it is too short, we hope there will be more adventures.
An entertaining children's book, with a very timely message. I work with recent (legal) immigrants to the US, and while we're teaching english to the adults, we're entertaining the children. it's hard to find children's books in the US that are multicultural, without being ABOUT multiculturalism...but this books does it. The children love the story for what it is, and I know that they appreciate that the book includes people like them. I hope the stories continue!
Wonderful story! I bought the book for my 5yo and 7yo kids and they both really enjoyed it. We read it together the 1st time then they quickly started reading it again on their own, a sign that they "adopted" it. A celebration of cultural diversity, friendship and team work to achieve great things. I like that there are as many boys as girls and they they each have their own set of skills, and not the cliches ones. A positive reinforcement of values I try and give to my kids and several beautiful symbols throughout the book too. I'm looking forward to the next books in the series!
Great story! Such a lovely narrative and excellent for kids. The colors and pictures are so animated and wonderful to facilitate the story telling. We are so happy that our children at the church received these. Thank you so much! A great choice.