Honeycake: Counting All My Blessings teaches children about the importance of gratitude and how to focus on what matters most. Why is this an important lesson for kids to learn?
Firstly, I would like to say thank you for conducting this author interview. I’m so honoured and grateful to be given this platform to discuss the importance and the valuable lessons my books will give families around the world.
After reading Honeycake: Counting All My Blessings, I hope my readers come away with incorporating gratitude in their everyday lives. Most parents have taught their kids the importance of saying thank you by grade school, if not sooner. But how many have truly instructed them in the art of being grateful? You can be grateful for a wide range of “gifts,” everything from nature and good food to good luck or a wonderful opportunity for the people in your life. A sense of gratitude can benefit children (and adults) in a variety of ways. It can decrease stress and has other important emotional health benefits. A person who is grateful tends to spend less time comparing him or herself with others and feeling envious. I also feel that it’s important to showcase that we need to be grateful when things don’t go our way, or when we make a mistake. It’s through those challenges we have to overcome, that we learn our greatest lessons in life. Ultimately gratitude can help adults and children alike, and the best thing parents can do is be a good role model for their children. So, the next time something good — or even not so good — happens, express your appreciation out loud, start a gratitude journal, and start and end your day with what you are grateful for. Everyone will benefit from it.
Nala has to deal with feelings of jealousy when a new baby arrives. Is this something inspired from your own life?
Yes, this was inspired by my own daughter Shanaz’s reaction when her little brother Jean-Diar (JD) was born. She was only 15 months old at the time but I made sure we taught her the importance of gratitude and how to count all her blessings even at that age.
Where did the idea for the ‘green eyed monster’ come from?
Jealousy can lead even the nicest people to become angry or green with envy. That’s why it’s often referred to as the ‘green-eyed monster’. Because it’s so universal in human nature, jealousy is a common theme in storytelling, so I thought it would be a good metaphor for children to relate too.
What plans do you have to continue the Honeycake series?
I will be taking a break after this book, to focus on a bigger project. I have partnered up with a production company and my Co-Creator Lanette Ware-Bushfield CEO of AWWB Production Inc. is helping me take the Honeycake Book Series and adapting it into a tv series, which is being pitched to major television and animation studios.
I do plan to come back with another 5 books in the Honeycake series, with our heroine Nala and her little brother Luka when they are a little older with books that are geared for middle graders.
When there’s a new baby in your home, it’s easy for a child to feel jealous or forgotten because the baby will need lots of attention and care. But having the right people there for you can change everything. You can learn to be thankful for all the things in your life instead of focusing on the bad things.
Honeycake: Counting All My Blessings, by Medea Kalantar is a touching story about a little girl named Nala that has to deal with all the attention being placed on her newborn brother. She begins to wonder why her brother is getting gifts and why he’s, seemingly, more important than her. Lucky for her, Nala has a wonderful family member to talk her through it and teach her to count her blessings. She learns all about the Green-Eyed Monster and its negative effects on her. She learns to be thankful for everything in her life and to accept this new change as the blessing that it is.
The way the author is able to send a message to young readers about the importance of being thankful is amazing. She is able to write in a way that would capture any child’s attention. I enjoyed the cute and emotive drawings that do a great job of showing how Nala is feeling. This makes it easy for any reader to relate to Nala. Not only do children get an eye-catching story but they learn an important life lesson.
Honeycake: Counting All My Blessings is definitely one of the most educational books for a child to read. It teaches thing not often taught in school. Young readers will learn about gratitude and thankfulness towards things in their lives.
Pages: 37 | ASIN: B08FPK3Q53
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In the fifth installment of the delightful Honeycake book series, Nala’s mama and papa are celebrating the birth of their newborn son. But, when baby Luka receives so many presents and all the attention, Nala becomes angry and green with envy. This book teaches children the importance of gratitude and how to focus on what matters most in life. Showing gratitude is a great way to find balance in the materialistic culture we live in today. With the help of her grandfather, Nala learns the importance of gratitude and how being thankful for all the wonderful things she has in her life equips her with a powerful tool to make those icky feelings of jealousy from the “Green-Eyed Monster” disappear. Count all your Blessings, and be grateful for all the wonderful things in your life. 🙏🏻💖
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A Circle of Trust teaches kids and parents about the importance of creating a safe place for open communication. Why was this an important topic for you?
This book has a dual purpose, to enlighten children on the importance of trust and open communication as well as to educate parents on the vital need to create a safe space for children to open up from a young age. This book is also excellent for strengthening bonds between parents and children as they read it together and implement the lessons learned in the story. I feel it’s so important to build trust and create a safe space, to be able to speak openly with our children. We want children to feel safe and come to us whenever something is bothering them. By starting this practice at an early age, it will come more easily for children to talk without fear, or shame, or worrying about being judged. Building a strong foundation of trust with unconditional love and giving them the ability to speak openly, will play an important role in shaping their core values, which are instrumental for any future relationships whether personal or professional.
What has been your favorite reader reaction so far to your Honeycake series?
Every single reader has told me they wished they had these books when they were growing up, or while they were raising their young children. I feel so honored by the outpour of gratitude by my readers for creating a children’s book series with characters that reflect their household of mixed ethnicities and giving the term “Honeycake” as a way to represent who they are.My favourite reaction is from a reader named Gaby Murillo who lives in Santiago, Chile. “Hi!!! I JUST READ YOUR BOOKS AND LET ME TELL YOU, YOUR BOOKS ARE PURE GOLD! THEY ARE SUNSHINE AND HONEY AND WARMTH AND ALL THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE IN A FEW PAGES. THEY MADE ME FEEL SO COZY INSIDE! AND TOOK ME BACK TO THE BEST MOMENTS OF MY CHILDHOOD FOR SOME REASON! MY ADVICE: The whole world MUST read your books! This is the kind of books that could help make this world better. I don’t even have kids but I swear I will read them in my class at the church, they are about 4 – 8 years old and I’m sure they will love it as much as I do right now. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS WORLD BRIGHTER!”
In this book you introduce the idea of A Circle of Trust with no beginning and no end. Why do you feel this is an important idea for kids?
The circle is a symbol that is recognized around the world, in marriage the exchanging of wedding rings signifies everlasting love. Teaching children the meaning of the circle symbol will help you communicate that your love is unconditional and it will never be broken. You’re also making your child feel safe and secure, and building a strong relationship between you and them. This gives children confidence and security which will lead them to open up freely when something is bothering them. Children’s relationships shape the way they see the world and affect all areas of their development. By building a loving, open, and honest relationship with your child, you’re helping shape the adult they’ll become and give them a strong foundation for the rest of their lives.“With “A Circle Of Trust” there is no beginning and no end, which signifies that your love for one another is endless and will last forever.”
This is getting to be one of my favorite children’s series. What is the next book in the series and when can readers expect it out?
Thank you so much, what a beautiful compliment. I’m truly grateful for your continuous support in the Honeycake book series. Coming December of 2020, Book 5 – “Honeycake: Counting All My Blessings”. This book teaches children the importance of gratitude and how to focus on what matters most in life.Teaching and showing gratitude is also a great way to find balance in the materialistic culture we live in today. Nala’s Uncle JD and Auntie Reilly are celebrating the birth of their newborn son. But when baby Milo receives so many new presents and all the attention, Nala becomes very angry and green with envy. With the help of her grandfather, Nala learns the importance of gratitude and that being thankful for all the wonderful things she has in her life, equips her with a powerful tool to make those icky feelings of jealousy from the “Green-Eyed Monster” disappear.
In the fourth installment of the delightful Honeycake series, Nala goes into her papa’s office without permission and breaks his favourite mug. Nala panics and hides in her bedroom.
With the help of her parents, Nala learns a valuable lesson of trust and how to have an open and honest communication in a safe space.
Nala also learns that trust takes a long to build and can easily be destroyed in a split second!
With A Circle of Trust there is no beginning and no end, which signifies that your love for one another is endless and will last forever.
A Circle of Trust will not only shape a child’s character but will also help moms and dads to adopt effective parenting skills to nurture their children. Sometimes, reading a children’s book can be educational for adults as well. As life gets increasingly complicated books with resonating lessons can remind us of the simplicity and innocence that gets lost along the way
In this fourth installment of the Honeycake series, Medea has imparted a valuable life lesson on building trust between parents and their children. In this book kids learn the importance of honesty and open communication which will ultimately pave way for them to develop healthy relationships in life. Parents will also learn that they must create a safe haven for children so they are not afraid or hesitant to approach them when in trouble or while facing a challenging situation.
It is also equally important that parents continually reinforce the significance of honesty in their children so that it becomes a natural way of life for them. This builds confidence in children and they will be more likely to take the right step. A Circle of Trust was a fun and educational read. I highly recommend it for all children.
Pages: 38 | ASIN: B086T4GXC6
In the fourth installment of the delightful Honeycake series, Nala goes into her papa’s office without permission and breaks his favourite mug. Nala panics and hides in her bedroom. With the help of her parents, Nala learns a valuable lesson of trust and how to have an open and honest communication in a safe space. Nala also learns that trust takes a long time to build and can easily be destroyed in a split second! With “A Circle Of Trust” there is no beginning and no end, which signifies that your love for one another is endless and will last forever.
Honeycake: Special Magical Powers shows readers that we all have the power to improve others lives through charity. How did this idea for the book start and develop as you were writing?
Firstly, I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to discuss my book.
I always loved the saying “One persons trash is another persons treasure”
Just because you may not have a use for something doesn’t mean that someone else won’t. I wanted to teach children the valuable lesson in the spirt of giving, which provides an opportune time for parents to teach their children about charity. I also wanted to showcase that giving to charity to be more than a one-time occurrence and to teach children to make giving back a habit. By helping children appreciate that reaching out to others in need is a way of life, you are giving your children important messages about compassion and kindness towards others who are less fortunate or are going through a difficult time in their lives.
This book discusses the importance of giving to others. What is the easiest way people can give to others?
There are so many ways to give back to others that won’t cost you a thing.
1. Donate clothes.
Periodically go through your closets rooting out clothes you haven’t worn in a while, which can be given to the Salvation Army or Goodwill for distribution to the needy. Encourage your children to do the same. Allow them to select which clothes or toys they wish to donate.
2. Help neighbours and the elderly.
Do things for the elderly that they have trouble doing for themselves. Pick up sticks in your neighbour’s yard after a big windstorm. Mow the grass for Grandma. Wash Grandpa’s car. Clean their windows in the spring. Help them plant flowers. Rake the leaves of an elderly couple.
3. Give blood.
Take your children with you so they see you as a model for giving. Talk to them about why you choose to donate blood and what you hope it will accomplish by doing so.
I enjoyed the simple lesson that kindness and family can bring one great joy. What do you hope readers take away from this story?
My hope is that readers understand that the spirit of giving to others is magical, and it should be a way of life, because kindness is a gift, we can all afford to give.
What do you have in the works next for the Honeycake series?
Coming spring of 2020 Book 4 – “Honeycake – A Circle of Trust”
This book is about teaching your kids about honesty and open communication.
It’s so important that we create a circle of trust with our children so they are not afraid to come to us when something goes wrong, and to let them know that trust takes a lot of work to build but can easily be destroyed when they are dishonest.
In the third instalment in the charming Honeycake Book Series, Nala brings her outgrown toys and clothes to Rainbow Hall, and spends the day with her Grandma and Uncle JD discovering a special magical power we all have, called ✨KINDNESS✨
“Kindness is a “Special Magical Power” we all have inside of us. When we show kindness, it’s like spreading sunshine everywhere we go — no matter what the weather is like outside.
Could you imagine how much nicer the world would be if everyone smiled at each other or did a random act of kindness every day? We are kind when we use our manners by saying please and thank you, or by opening a door, or by giving our seat on a bus or train to a stranger in need.
Kindness is a gift we can all afford to give. Though it doesn’t cost a thing, your kindness can mean everything to another person.”
Use your “Special Magical Powers” and spread kindness everywhere you go!
Honeycake: Special Magical Powers is a wonderful children’s book by Medea Kalantar. This book follows the journey of Nala and how she learns about the magical powers she and everyone else has. She learns a valuable lesson from her family about kindness and how much it can mean to another person. I absolutely love this book. It is adorable and teaches children such an imperative lesson. It also presents the idea of kindness in such an understandable way, even for young children. Nala learns about small things, like smiles, but then the story moves on to a much more serious topic. She is donating her old clothes and toys to a shelter for families; she learns about families who have lost everything. Her kindness of donating her old stuff that she has outgrown shows just how important it is because donating her old things cost her nothing, but it meant everything to those families to have clothing and toys. I love how this book can spark important conversations with children about how some people are less fortunate, and how sometimes you need help and it is okay to ask for it.
There are amazing and cute illustrations along with the book which is also good for children’s development. I think reading this book around Christmas time would be especially important to get children to understand why they may not get as much as another, but also maybe spark the idea of donating their items they have outgrown. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has children or works with children. Kalantar provides such a beautiful lesson and presents it charmingly.
Pages: 37 | ASIN: B081PSY4PT