Jean Hawthorn-DaCosta, author of Jamaica in my tummy, recently released her new book, My Toilet is Bigger than Yours. Strangely when I heard the title, I thought it was a book on potty training. Never did I think it was referring to the comparison of Eastern and Western indoor toilets. I was in for a very pleasant surprise. I truly enjoyed every minute reading this book.
The story tells of Rosie, a young Jamaican girl traveling to China for the first time with her mother. Initially she experienced culture shock, but she soon learns to embrace and fully experience the culture. With the help of a new friend, Jia she explores the country visiting historic sites, landmarks, tourist attractions, and trying new foods. This beautiful story shows that although we may be different, we can learn so much from each other and discover how similar we really are. The moral of the story to be open and accepting of each other and learn to view the world from another’s perspective.
Filled with beautiful, bright, and colorful illustrations, children will be interested to turn each page to see what comes next. This wonderful bedtime story is filled with engaging and educational material. This picture book is a fun way to teach your child about friendship (e.g. old bonds between the parents and making new friends), food (zhou), language (Ni Hao), cultural similarities and differences, transportation (e.g., cars, planes, cable cars), and cultural sites and attractions (e.g., The Great Wall of China, Blue Mountain) to visit when traveling to China or Jamaica.
There were many personal reasons I loved this book. First, I read this book to my 3-year-old nephew and it kept his attention from beginning to end. Second, being Jamaican my mouth drooled thinking about ackee and saltfish and the fact that I made cornmeal porridge for my breakfast this morning made the book so relatable. Third, my younger sister lived in China for 2 years brought back awesome memories. The cutest surprise which I won't ruin for you was seeing a book in the book. Tell me when you see it! Despite my personal connection to this book, I believe this book can be enjoyed by all book lovers aged 3 to 12-year-olds. I give this book 5 stars. Get a copy of Amazon today!