Imagine a world where everyone was the same and had the same interests. How boring! Instead, we are blessed with a variety of cultures filled with different people, foods, arts, and lifestyles. Travelling to different locations is wonderful, but if you can’t get away physically there are alternative ways to experience different cultures. In the United States, one does not have to travel far to enjoy different cultures. We are blessed from coast to coast with multiple cultures. Literature is one way to dive into different cultures. Two books that are well written with delightful stories are Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow and The Farolitos of Christmas by Rudolfo Anaya. Both books are beautifully illustrated. Beskow is a Swedish author who writes about a growing boy who needs a new outfit. He creatively solves his problem by using his lamb’s wool and works with his family and town to sew a new suit. Anaya’s story is about a young girl who loves her family. A problem arises and she wonders if their New Mexican family tradition will continue. Her Christmas is full of surprises with an unexpected happy ending. Both books will warm your heart and give you a deeper appreciation for multiple cultures.
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