GRENADIAN CHILDREN CONTRIBUTE TO COLOURING STORY BOOK

On Thursday 19th May the colouring storybook, “The Grenada Chocolate Family”, was launched at the Grenada National Museum as part of the third annual Grenada Chocolate Fest. Children who attend a free Creative Writing program at the  Grenada Community Library contributed to a narrative of the story which was then edited by Caribbean author Oonya Kempadoo and local author and playwright Richardo-Keens-Douglas.

Cocoa Tree
Cocoa Tree

Follow the story of a  proud cocoa tree on Mount Qua Qua, called Mama Le Sedi, and her cocoa bean babies who journey into the world to make everyone happy. What is most remarkable about this publication is that it is an authentic educational Grenadian story about the processing of cocoa beans before they are made into chocolate and cocoa products. The book references places that are familiar to many Grenadians, like Hermitage and Belmont Estate in St. Patrick and characters like Edmund Browne, co-founder and chocolatier at The Grenada Chocolate Company.. The theme of pride in our local cocoa beans, a sense of local traditions and practices around cocoa and its potential to bring a family and the community together are woven into this educational yet fun publication.

Children Help with Book
Children Help with Book

“The Grenada Chocolate Family” is an interactive book crafted for read-aloud and sing-along activities for school and children’s groups. Illustrations in the form of a colouring book were done by artist Sara Scodeller, who is a volunteer with the library and was inspired by the children’s drawings for the story.  She consulted with local artist and illustrator, Stacey Byer, to further enhance the experience of the book for it’s readers.

book hurray
book hurray

The book was published in April 2016 and over 1000 copies were printed, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Jürgen Rausch Kakao Stiftung. Half of all books printed will be distributed free of charge to children and primary school students  with  educational chocolate tours at the newly opened House of Chocolate and at the library , while the other half are for sale. All profits made from the sale of the book go back to the Grenada Community Library. The book is available locally at Belmont Estate in St. Patrick, the True Bluetique at True Blue Bay Resort and House of Chocolate on Young Street St. George and local bookshops.

The Grenada Community Library, formerly known as the Mt. Zion Library, which has a children’s and general collection, was opened three years ago in the heart of St. George’s in the Arnold John Building. Since opening, the library has attracted over 1,500 members who utilise the library’s services free of charge. The library offers a number of creativity, literacy and numeracy centred activities for both adults and children.

Since it offers all of its services to the community for free, as any public library does, but it is not subsidized by government, the library depends on the generosity of sponsors and volunteers to continue its efforts. Unfortunately, funding has not been forthcoming in recent times and Grenada’s only public library is now under threat of closing because it struggles to meet its basic and necessary every day expenses. By purchasing a copy of “The Grenada Chocolate Family” you are not only buying a brilliant home-grown publication, you are supporting the empowerment of the Grenadian population through literacy and creativity.

Notes to the Editor

For further information or interviews, please contact:

Oonya Kempadoo Tel: (473) 449 5485 grenadalibrary@gmail.com

1) The Grenada Chocolate Family Book Facts

  • Published by: Grenada Community Library, Createspace USA, April 2016
  • Edited by: Oonya Kempadoo and Richardo Keens Douglas
  • Illustrated by: Sara Scodeller in consultation with Stacey Byer
  • For readers of ages 6 to 10
  • Layout & design: Roy Wroth
  • Main Sponsor: Jürgen Rausch Kakao Stiftung
  • Other Sponsors: Roy Wroth, Belmont Estate, True Blue Bay Resort, Rococo Chocolates
  • All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the library. 50% of sponsored copies are for free distribution, remaining 50% sponsored copies are for sale.
  • The book is for retail sale on Amazon at US$12.00 ($16.00 less 30% discount). Wholesale price for minor sponsors and retailers: EC$19.00/US$7.15
  • Suggested Retail: EC$32.00 US$12.00

2) Grenada Community Library Social Media

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 The Grenada Chocolate Family: a chocolate fairy tale

Follow the story, written by Grenadian children, of a  proud cocoa tree on Mount Qua Qua, called Mama Le Sedi, and her cocoa bean babies who journey into the world to make everyone happy. What is most remarkable about this publication is that it is an authentic educational Grenadian story about the processing of cocoa beans before they are made into chocolate and cocoa products. The book references places that are familiar to many Grenadians, like Hermitage and Belmont Estate in St. Patrick and characters like Edmund Browne, co-founder and chocolatier at The Grenada Chocolate Company.. The theme of pride in our local cocoa beans, a sense of local traditions and practices around cocoa and its potential to bring a family and the community together are woven into this educational yet fun publication.

Children who attend a free Creative Writing program at the Grenada Community Library contributed to a narrative of the story which was then edited by Caribbean author Oonya Kempadoo and local author and playwright Richardo-Keens-Douglas.

“The Grenada Chocolate Family” is an interactive book crafted for read-aloud and sing-along activities for school and children’s groups. Illustrations in the form of a colouring book were done by artist Sara Scodeller, who is a volunteer with the library and was inspired by the children’s drawings for the story.  She consulted with local artist and illustrator, Stacey Byer, to further enhance the experience of the book for it’s readers.

You can order the book, for readers ages 6-10, on Amazon at US$12.00 ($16.00 less 30% discount). Wholesale price for minor sponsors and retailers is EC$19.00/US $7.15.

All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the library. 50% of sponsored copies are for free distribution, remaining 50% sponsored copies are for sale.

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