Leap Year only comes around every four years, and the extra day during the month of February gave Black History Month an extension on the global calendar. Arizona author Tamicia Currie celebrated the extra day by releasing a free e-book for children: Peanut Butter & Sweet Potato Pie from The Juice & Berries Adventures series.
“Sometimes cost can prohibit children having access to great reading material and I want to remove all barriers for anyone interested in sharing a meaningful educational experience with the younger people in their lives,” said Currie. Peanut Butter & Sweet Potato Pie gained national attention in 2009, and the author’s educational cartoon reinforcing the importance of teaching black history was aired on CNN as part of Soledad O’Brian’s Black in America documentary.
The book has also reached South Africa’s children – something that was a great highlight making her work even more meaningful. “It’s an extraordinary feeling seeing the doors that have opened including visiting schools to talk with children about the writing process while sharing facts about the African-American protagonist in my compilation: George Washington Carver,” Currie expressed.
“I love sharing the story of George Washington Carver,” expressed Currie. “He was the smallest in the pack – somewhat of an underdog and few people thought he was strong enough to move anything in the fields that he was set to work in,” she said. What Carver lacked in physical astuteness, the author assures us that he made up for with his remarkable inventions. “Everyone is not meant to contribute the same things in life. Carver made that clear and the message in my book is that it’s important for us to recognize the value and worth of everyone,” Currie concluded.
The picture book is available at www.thejuiceandberries.com and you can access the e-book free of charge until April 30.