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Kirkus reviews Made By Raffi from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

9781847804334_54330We love this inspirational story about a shy little boy who uses his knitting skills to win over the hearts of his classmates. 

“A boy with a flair for fashion finds affirmation.

Raffi wonders why he is different from all the other boys in school; he would rather sit quietly than play rough games. When his teacher shows him how to knit, he is excited and soon starts a scarf for his father with skeins of yarn in rainbow colors. The project grows and grows and grows as Raffi ignores the laughter from the children on their school bus.  He asks his very supportive parents if maybe he is “strange or weird” or “girly” or a “Tomgirl.” No, they answer; he is wonderful. The next project is a cape for a classmate playing a prince in a school play. Step by step (illustrated on a doublepage spread), Raffi designs and sews it together. After some initial teasing, the other kids are enthusiastic and ask him to create clothes for them. Acceptance and support envelop the future fashion designer. Chamberlain’s pencil, ink and digital art is colorful, comic and lively. Raffi is surely fortunate to be in such a positive setting, and hopefully he can be a model for all Tomgirls. “Mum” and “metre” are the only two Briticisms in this import.”

A solid support for all children who don’t fit an accepted mode of behavior.”

Kirkus Review Posted Online: June 25th, 2014 | Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2014

Made by Raffi is a must read that portrays being different as positive and shows that being creative is cool and highlights classic issues of teasing and bullying.  The book includes step-by-step instructions for making the scarf and cape in the book.

Internationally known singer and actor Craig Pomranz lives in New York City. Margaret Chamberlain is the illustrator of Has Anyone Seen Jack?, Look Out He’s Behind You, Tales from Grimm, My Two Grannies, and My Two Grandads. She lives in Lyme Regis, U.K.

Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $17.99
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Fall 2014
Made By Raffi Illustrations
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