The Big Buna Bash by Sara Arnold is a perfect book for learning how to positively react to bullying. In this picture book, it teaches children to celebrate cultural differences over cups of coffee.
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About The Big Buna Bash
The Big Buna Bash is a book about Almaz, an Ethiopian girl who is different because of her culture. Many kids make fun of her. This book teaches some of the Ethiopian culture.
The problem is she is made fun of because of her culture and the students don’t understand the cultural differences. The solution is she hosts a big buna bash at her house to show off her culture’s true colors.
I felt like I could identify with Almaz because I got made fun of at my new school.
My 3 favorite things about The Big Buna Bash:
- Ethiopian culture is shown
- The author includes real Ethiopian words (like buna!)
- I can make connections to this book
Look out for what happens when Almaz gives everyone an invite to the bash.
The Big Buna Bash would be perfect for kids 7-10 years old who are interested in reading about cultural differences and how to respond to teasing. It would be great for anyone who is the new kid at school.
About Sara Arnold
Sara C. Arnold is a buna loving author (that means she loves coffee). She was born in the USA and moved to Israel to teach English. She wrote this book to encourage children to understand and respect people who are different.
This was her first book, and I hope she writes more!
Books Similar To The Big Buna Bash
If The Big Buna Bash is the perfect book for you, then you’ll probably also want to check out these books. They are also about cultural differences:
- This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World, by Matt Lamothe
- Cinnamon Girl, by Sally Huss
- The Name Jar, by Yangsook Choi
MEET THE AUTHOR
As a mom of 4 kids (and the oldest of 4 kids herself), Amanda has over 30 years of parenting experience. A former special education teacher, Amanda has a Master’s degree in Special Education and a second M. Ed. in Educational Leadership.
When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, and long walks through Target.