The Big Buna Bash was honored to receive 2nd place for cultural diversity in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards!
The Big Buna Bash will soon be out in two additional languages: Hebrew and Amharic!
Because Israel is my home! The Ethiopian Jewish community brought their tradition of buna with them from Ethiopia to Israel. That's how I learned the magic of buna!
For the kids in Ethiopia! I want them to be able to read The Big Buna Bash in their own mother tongue.
These new versions will be marketed by Brandylane Publishers, alongside the original English version.
In Ethiopia, coffee is a way of life! Ethiopians have been drinking coffee from the earliest times. But they aren't the only place with a strong coffee culture. All over the globe, coffee-lovers are consuming and preparing coffee in different ways!
For instance, Italy gave the world the terms that have become universal in coffee ordering:
Italy also has some of the oldest operating cafes in the world.
The Netherlands boasts "koffie verkeert" or "coffee wrong", a cafe au lait served in a glass cup.
Vietnamese coffee is made in a personal drip pot and served with sweetened condensed milk.
In Australia, quality wins over quantity! The Austrailian silky shiny latte makes coffee-making an art with perfectly frothed milk. Starbucks didn't survive for long in Australia!
In India, coffee culture is a relatively new thing! The Indians usually drank their coffee with milk so the quality of the coffee wasn't so important, as the milk masqued it's flavor. Indains start their day with a big tumbler of strong filter coffee with boiled milk and sugar added.
In Turkey, coffee grounds are boiled and served black and bubbly in ornate cups!
Cuba has "Cortodito", a sweetened espresso with seamed milk.
Korean coffee consumption is on the rise! Coffee didn't arrive there until 1896 when King Gojong first tried it and spread the word. A popular coffee in Korea is called "Dalgona", a cold latte with a sweet, bitter coffee foam on top.
I had so much fun writing The Big Buna Bash, and I want to share it to inspire cultural pride in kids who might feel like they don't fit in because of their differences. I believe in diversity and inclusion; that's why I wrote The Big Buna Bash!