Mixed Rice

by Sophie Dipti Sarkar

Published by Plum Blossom, Parallax Press
Oct 15, 2024 | 32 Pages | 4-8 years | ISBN 9781952692949

“Mixed Rice is a delightful and wise story that shows children of all ages how to be compassionate and take skillful action in moments of family conflict.”
Kaira Jewel Lingo, author of We Were Made for These Times and editor of Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children

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A simple family meal reveals the power of mindfulness and healthy communication in this heartwarming children’s book celebrating the diverse cultures that shape our identities 

When Joya’s parents disagree on what to eat, she must search high in the sky and deep within to find the glue that holds her multicultural family together

Mixed Rice by Sophie Dipti Sarkar is an enchanting and culturally rich picture book for children ages 4-8 that delves into the heart of a multi-racial Asian family’s daily life, centered around a seemingly simple yet profound question: Which rice to cook for dinner? As young Joya grapples with choosing between gohan and basmati rice, her parents’ divergent preferences spark a heated debate, revealing deeper longings for connection and belonging. The story beautifully captures the essence of family dynamics, showcasing the diverse culinary traditions that shape our identities. Through the conflict over rice, Sarkar deftly weaves a narrative that is both relatable and educational, making Mixed Rice an ideal read for families seeking to foster understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.

Beyond its engaging storyline, Mixed Rice serves as a practical guide in mindful communication and conflict resolution inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings. As Joya turns to her ancestral wisdom and the calming influence of the moon, readers are invited to explore practices of mindfulness and reflection.