Inspired by a true-life incident, Made By Raffi is the story of a little boy who likes to knit and sew. At first he is teased for his hobby, but in the end he becomes a hero to his class. Author Craig Pomranz wrote the book to support young boys and girls who are perceived as “different” because of their appearance or hobbies. It is a funny, colorful book with a serious message and will interest those who care about promoting diversity and embracing our differences, as well as all children seeking to fit in.
“When [my godson] was very young, he seemed to have a hard time, and I thought knitting might be one way for him to learn how to focus, and find some calm. I bought him some needles and yarn and he really took to it. He started creating things like scarves for everyone I knew. He really liked to knit and sew and did it everywhere, on the bus and even at school. Other kids teased him, but he was so focused on his projects he eventually won their respect. I would love for Made for Raffi to be a catalyst for conversations in schools and at home. Parents and teachers are looking for ways to teach their kids tolerance and kindness. I hope the book will provide an entry point for them to talk about the pressure to conform and the importance of letting everyone be who they want to be.”
-Craig Pomranz, author
Written by Craig Pomranz, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain
Raffi feels different from the other children at school. He doesn’t like noise and rowdy play. When he discovers the delights of knitting and sewing, he stands out even more. But when he uses these new skills to make a costume for the school play, his classmates become rather more appreciative. While tackling gender normativity, the book asks the bold question: “Am I normal?”
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