About the Book & Author:
We Are One at the Falling of the Sun has been on my mind since I was a young girl…..
I grew up in a multicultural household with two teachers for parents. I have always had a passion for learning and have been an avid reader. My parents would take me to libraries and most times I would come out with books stacked so high I could barely carry them. I loved reading but slowly started realizing that no books represented me, and none represented the multicultural relationships I witnessed growing up . As a response to that, I wanted to create a children’s book that I and several other youth could relate to.
When I was a little girl my close family friend, who is a First Nation’s healer from Mission, Canada, would come to our home and tell me stories of the mountains, the plants, and animals. Each story had a moral lesson behind it and those stories have stuck with me throughout my life.
So, for this book, I used a traditional Native American storytelling format as a tool to explain reality. There is also a heavy learning component. We Are One at the Falling of the Sun has Algonquin Native American, Chinese, and Northern African names, with translations in the back of the book so everyone can learn about cultural origins. The book has three different families: those of the sea, those of the sky, and those of the earth.
It is not only a love story about why the sun rises and sets, it also opens up a discussion about diversity, race, cross-cultural connection, change, unity and love. This book is intended to be a gateway for children from all different backgrounds into cross-cultural connections and the discussion of diversity, race, and multiculturalism.