Ossiri and the Bala Mengro by Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby and illustrated by Hannah Tolson


51med6mkjl      Ossiri and the Bala Mengro by Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby and illustrated by Hannah Tolson, Child’s Play Publishing, 9781846439254, 2016

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: (1-5, 5 is a starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This is a folk tale of a Traveler girl named Ossiri. It is told by a Romani storyteller and talks of a girl who makes a musical instrument from a branch. She plays her music from the heart, although to everyone else, it’s horrible. It is a great introduction to Traveling culture. It helps children understand there are other ways of living than the way they are accustomed to in the United States. The illustrations are colorful and also reflect the culture.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book.

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This is a great addition to a classroom that highlights other cultures. It is also a culture that is under represented in classrooms, so this book would be an eye opener for many children.

Who should buy this book? all libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Dec.6, 2016

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