Chalkboard is proud to Introduce:
My Soca Birthday Party:
With Jollof Rice & Steel Pans
As Anne’s birthday drew close, her friends prepared a soca party. Anne loves the sound of Caribbean soca music played on steel pans and West Africa’s spicy jollof rice. Hence, her friends planned to celebrate her special day with a fusion of sounds and traditional dishes from Caribbean and African countries — a representation of their diverse yet comparable cultures. Anne was in for a real surprise.
Written by Yolanda T. Marshall and Illustrated by Subi Bosa
True representation for Black kids in Canada!
“…This book blew me away. The story is beautiful, joyous, and it celebrated African and Caribbean heritages. The illustrations are bright and so cheerful. The African clothing, braids and other ethnic clothing were highlighted in this book. There is no other book like it, which brings Caribbean and African kids together to celebrate their similarities…I wish I had this book growing up…” ~ Samaya, Parent
Get to Know the Author
Yolanda T. Marshall is a Guyanese-born Canadian author. In 2015, after becoming a mom, Yolanda was inspired to write her first children’s book named Keman’s First Carnival. Yolanda is also the author of, A Piece of Black Cake for Santa, Sweet Sorrel Stand, and Miles Away In The Caribbean. A world traveller, a jazz lover and a devoted mother, she embodies art and takes her readers on adventurous, cultured journeys. Yolanda lives in Toronto, Canada with her family.
“Here is a recipe by a good friend of mine, Monique Creary, Educator and Owner/Culinary Instructor of Now You’re Cooking. Please remember, there should always be an adult present when children are participating in cooking activities.” ~ Yolanda T. Marshall
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