Happy After All

Happy After All, by Anneke Forzani, Illustrated by Alex Jarman, Language Lizard

Happy After All is a story about a girl leaving her home in Central or South America and moving to a new home in North America. Written in the first person, this relatable tale talks about not being ready to say goodbye, and the long journey away from home. The illustrations depict the stark difference between the child’s bright and warm rural village at home, and the cold snowy city she moves to. Her papá keeps telling her she will be happy here, but she longs for her abuela’s tamales, a trip to the market with her tía, or a party with her primos. Most of all, she misses playing fútbol with her friends. But soon she realizes there’s a lot to like about her new home, too: her school, her new bedroom, and ice cream dates with her papá. Best of all, her new friends like to play fútbol with her, too! By highlighting the differences and similarities between both homes, this book shows that different isn’t always bad. It reflects the reality that when you make an international move, you will always miss things about your home country, but you will also find things to love in your new home.

A spread that includes translation into Chinese (Mandarin)

This book could be used as a tool to encourage a child that happiness awaits them in their new home. It could also help inspire empathy in children with a classmate who has recently moved from another country. It is primarily meant as a teaching tool, and comes with a downloadable lesson plan that focuses on cultivating happiness and understanding the immigrant experience. The book is available in English (with simple Spanish words sprinkled throughout), with multiple versions to choose from that have the text translated into one of the following languages to help support English language learners: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Simplified (Mandarin), Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russin, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

A promotional video about the book is available here: https://youtu.be/-TV5XLutnvY

*I was gifted a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review in connection with Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission HERE.

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