"Raffi is a shy boy who doesn't like noisy games and is often teased at school. But when he gets the idea of making a scarf for his dad’s birthday, he is full of enthusiasm even though the other children think it is girly to knit. Then the day draws near for the school pageant, and there is one big problem: no costume for the prince. And that’s when Raffi has his most brilliant idea of all — to make a prince’s cape. On the day of the pageant, Raffi’s cape is the star of the show."
Inspired by true-life incident, Craig Pomranz's children's book (illustrated by award-winning artist Margaret Chamberlain), Made By Raffi, was written to support young boys and girls who are perceived as "different" because of their appearance or hobbies. Newly released this summer, Made By Raffi is a funny colorful book with a serious message and will interest those who care about promoting diversity and embracing our differences, as well as children seeking to fit in. Made By Raffi is being published in five languages and distributed in eight countries so far. Craig Pomranz is really passionate about this issue and has really become interested in the idea of how we tell our kids what is appropriate activity, based on gender. Most of the parents of young kids he knows are trying on one hand to let their kids follow their own interests, but on the other hand are concerned about their kid fitting in and not being teased. As a result, atypical hobbies and behaviors are only encouraged so far.
You can purchase your own copy of Made By Raffi on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can also follow along with Craig Pomranz on Twitter @MadeByRaffi.
This sounds like a wonderful children's book and I would love to know if you purchased a copy of Made By Raffi.