Kamala and Maya's Big Idea
One day, Kamala and Maya had an idea. A big idea: they would turn their empty apartment courtyard into a playground!
This is the uplifting tale of how the author’s aunt and mother first learned to persevere in the face of disappointment and turned a dream into reality. This is a story of children’s ability to make a difference and of a community coming together to transform their neighborhood.
What I loved: It is so great to learn that this is a true story, and that kids really can make a big difference in the world around them. Kamala and Maya have an idea and then figure out the steps to make it happen, following them along the way. I also really appreciated how the whole apartment came together to make the playground come to life. The book showcases teamwork and dedication to meeting your goals.
This book could be great in the classroom setting for introducing the concept of making a difference and seeing ways to improve the world around you. The encouragement and the true story behind it would go far in encouraging children inside and out of class to reach for their goals. As a note, the text is a little long, so this would be better for elementary school aged children. The illustrations are full of color as well.
Final verdict: An encouraging picture book with lessons about achieving your goals, KAMALA AND MAYA'S BIG IDEA is a fun read that can start some great conversations about how to make a difference.