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Kusikiy: A Child from Taquile, Peru by Mercedes Cecilia

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Kusikiy: A Child from Taquile, Peru by Mercedes Cecilia


Today begins day 3 of my blogging anniversary giveaways and I want to share with you a book that my daughter daughter and I both love.  Kusikiy: A Child from Taquile, Peru, is the story of a child in the Andes of Peru, who finds adventure and comfort in the daily tasks and cultural traditions of his familia.  Throughout the book, Kusikiy reminisces in the beauty of nature and provides young readers with an intimate view of the connections between nature and community.  The book also addresses the growing concern of how global climate change can impact the quality of the world around us.  A very timely and important message for our little ones.

The illustrations are both vibrant and earthy and depict nature and family in a way that celebrates them both.  It’s a beautifully told story, that I’m sure children would enjoy hearing again and again.  For anyone who enjoys folk tales and oral tradition, this book will be a welcomed voyage.  The story, illustrations and it’s traditional wisdoms will transport readers to a place of tranquility and appreciation for all that the earth provides…great lessons for all of us!

In all honesty, the reason that I love this book is that it transports me to a certain place emotionally.  Much of what’s in the book offers a connection for those of us who have roots close to nature and the traditions of our parents, grand parents and bisabuelos that we would wish to save for future generations.  This book helps readers to recapture a piece of those familial traditions and share them with their little ones…and that is reason enough to own this book.  :)

Read another great review of this book on InCultureParent.

Check out this cool video from the author of Kusikiy.



This is a great book for multicultural families, natural living enthusiasts and anyone who loves great storytelling!  Here’s you chance to win your own copy!  See details below.  Buena suerte!!





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  • InCultureParent
    January 4, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Fantastic book! So glad you reveviewed it (and thanks for the mention of our review)! (As a note pls don't enter me to win though- Mercedes is such a generous, kind person that I have several copies of the book!)

    • biculturalmom
      January 4, 2012 at 4:12 am

      @InCultureParent No problem! Happy to reference you! I loved your review and just had to include it here! =) Thanks for stopping by hermana!

  • kidworldcitizen
    January 4, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Why do I think this would be a great book for my home? A trip to Peru when I was 15 was my life-changing experience. We adopted and brought home my brother and sister from Cuzco, and I began my love-affair with Spanish, Latin America, and travel. Many years later, I am the mom to 4 bilingual, bicultural (well, multicultural, not just BIcultural) kids, raising them to be global citizens. We collect multicultural books and learn about world cultures through their stories.

    • biculturalmom
      January 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

      @kidworldcitizen Thanks so much for sharing such a great story! I’m sure you would love a copy of this book and it is a great one! Your blog looks like it’s full of tons of great info. Looking forward to exploring it more! :)

  • yourpotofgold
    January 5, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Why do I think this would be a great book for my home? I love books like these. I would love to take my girls to Mexico and live with my Abuelita for the summer. You can't compare Peru and Mexico, but they may have some similarties. I love showing my girls about our rich Hispanic culture and this book would be great to illustrate it.

  • Me and the Mexican
    January 5, 2012 at 6:55 am

    This looks like a beautiful book! I love the colors! My son and I read together every night (or at least try to). This book would be PERFECT to add to our collection.

  • lafamiliacool
    January 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    This sound so great! The reason I think it will be good for my home is because I want to educate my children on Latin American culture at large and being Caribbean, the opportunity to show them something different is greatly appreciated.

  • Me and the Mexican
    January 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    YAY! I'm so happy! Thanks Chantilly. This book is going to be an awesome addition to our reading arsenal! LOL

    • biculturalmom
      January 14, 2012 at 3:11 am

      @Me and the Mexican Congrats Tara!! :)