I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ossiri and the Bala Mengro by Richard O'Neill, Katharine Quarmby, Hannah Tolson
Published by Child's Play International on March 1st 2017
A Traveller girl creates her own musical instrument from a willow branch and lots of recycled objects. She plays it enthusiastically, but it sounds terrible! Ignoring warnings not to awaken the ogre in the hills, Ossiri goes there to practise playing her instrument. Will she wake the ogre, and will it appreciate her playing? Told by a Romani storyteller and a picture book author, this original tale offers a fascinating insight into Travelling lifestyles and cultures.
Ossiri and the Bala Mengro is a story of Traveling Storytellers. The story takes place in the UK and follows Ossiri and her family travel from place to place. Ossiri is interested in learning to play music but because her family is traveling storytellers they don’t have the money to buy her a new instrument. Ossiri goes on to recycle different materials to create an instrument. She’s not very good at playing the first time but continues to practice and the only one who ends up appreciating her music is the Bala Mengro.
The Littles and I absolutely loved the illustrations inside the book! They were beautiful and so colorful. I loved the use of greens and blues with pops of red. They were eye catching. At times the Littles would lose interest in the story they found the illustrations eye catching and would great their own story about Ossiri.
I also loved how the story emphasized recycling. The littles and I only recycle soda cans but it opened up the conversion about recycling and how we can recycle more.
Overall, the littles and I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the books Child’s Play sent us.
I would like to thank Becky F. and Child’s Play for allowing the littles and I to be apart of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. We are absolutely honored. We received a wonderful package from Child’s Play with a couple books to review. The littles and I really enjoyed Ossiri and the Bala Mengro, you will see reviews of the others book they sent us in the future.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that.
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