Many children do not have the opportunity to travel and become familiar with other cultures. They remain unaware that people live differently from themselves. Vilayvanh Bender’s new picture book, Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers, explains in an easy-for-children-to-understand and delightful way the differences between Laotian and American culture.
A Corona, California, resident, Mrs. Bender immigrated to the United States at the age of seven. As a firm believer in the importance of cultural preservation and acceptance, she says, “I spent my early childhood in Laos, and I want children, including my own two young daughters, to understand how life is different in another country and to appreciate those differences
Educational as well as entertaining, Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers is perfect for classroom use and as a read-aloud to children whose parents hail from a foreign country and who want them to have a broader view and understanding of the world.