I want to start off by saying that the authour has a recipie for Honeycakes at the end of the book, which looks delicious. And I will certainly be making that recipie (doesn't look too hard, I promise), when I get back from Colombia.
The premise of the book is a simple and powerful one and one which bears repeating, especially in this current climate of increasingly violent attacks driven by racism and xenophobia. We are all part of the human race. We all bring different ingredients and flavours to create something big and beautiful, like a honey cake. Our differences, nay, our diversity, is our strength.
This simple message is shown through the means of a Grandma of Russian heritage and her beloved granddaughter, who is of mixed ethnicity, baking Grandma's honeycake. Seeing the illustrations and following the story gives a warm, fuzzy feeling, as I thought back to my late Grandmother and spending time with her in the kitchen, watching her whip up yet another legendary dish.
i will say that with many independently published children's books, the font style and colours seem off, kind of amateurish, when put against the illustrations. It didn't fit the tone and look of the story
Finally, I liked the authour's decision to make the pages of her book a warm, honeycake colour, too. Made me hungry!
HoneyCakes is now available via Amazon.
BONUS: Check out her interview at Toronto Guardian newspaper