Are you looking for a fun, intriguing book that opens the door to conversations about difficult feelings and how to manage them? If so, Isaiah and the Chocolate Mountain by Valerie William Sanchez just may be the book for you.
I received a copy of this book as a Multicultural Children’s Book Day reviewer. If you’d like to learn more about Multicultural Children’s Book day, scroll down to the end.
Summary of Isaiah and the Chocolate Mountain
Isaiah and the Chocolate Mountain is the story of a young boy named Isaiah who hates chocolate. (Can you imagine?! Neither can I….) Unaware of his feelings for chocolate, Isaiah’s favorite aunt gives him chocolate for his birthday and he loses it. He runs away from his party only to find himself in a chocolate forest. The only way to make it back to his party is to put his hatred aside and use chocolate as a tool to get to where he wants to be.
Review of Isaiah and the Chocolate Mountain
I absolutely love the fact that the main characters of this book are people of color (which is something the author is very passionate about, more on that later).
Plus, the idea of hating chocolate was so intriguing and unbelievable in our family that it kept us glued to the pages until the end, waiting to see what would happen.
I also love the unique illustration style. However, what I love the most is the fact that the book focuses on controlling and handling emotions. At the end, the author even has a workbook full of activities to help kids identify the emotions in the book and work through their own.
In this time of quarantine, isolation and online everything, we’ve all got our fair share of big emotions to sort through. I don’t know about you, but as a parent I am grateful for any tools I can get my hands on to help my son through his emotional ups and downs. This book is a great tool for elementary aged kiddos to explore the power of emotions and the power we have to manage them.
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About the Author
Valerie is a journalist/project management professional who also happens be a reading and literature scholar. Her work led her to create the Cocoa Kids Book Collection, which includes not only Isaiah and the Chocolate Mountain but also Eddie and the Hot Cocoa Rod, and Lorena and the Magic Mocha Mirror. The Cocoa Kids Book Collection seeks to put minority and mixed race children on center stage, because everyone deserves to see themselves in a book.
Want some more fun facts about Valerie? Lorena is actually Valerie’s daughter and Isaiah is her nephew. In case you were worried, Valerie definitely does not hate chocolate, in fact it is one of her favorite things.
So, in summary, we greatly enjoyed this book and the tools it provides. Be sure to check out Isaiah and the Chocolate Mountain and the rest of the Cocoa Kids Book collection!
About Multicultural Book Day
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.
Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.
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