Sara Arnold

I am a semi-retired elementary school teacher, originally from the U.S. but immigrated to Israel in 1981. I am the author of "The Big Buna Bash" a multicultural children's book about an Ethiopian girl and how the Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony "brings people together". My book was published in 2020 by Brandylane Publishers in Virginia, U.S. I bought the rights to translate it into Hebrew and Amharic. I'm presently in the process of setting up a non-profit to distribute the books to schools and organizations that work with kids in Ethiopia. "The Big Buna Bash" won the Purple Dragonfly Book Award/ 2nd place for diversity, and I received the BeingShe Excellence Award 2023 in Dubai, U.A.E.

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The Big Buna Bash
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Charlotte Valentine Wed, 16/08/2023 - 13:10

I so enjoyed this! Lovely story, perfect illustrations. A cute way to celebrate difference and I now want a Buna Party invite!!

Asal Shirazi Bem Sun, 27/08/2023 - 11:56

I liked this book as its educational for kids, teaching about differences. Nicely presented and fun.

Stuart Wakefield Thu, 31/08/2023 - 14:42

I loved the cultural significance of the buna party. It was described in a way that was both vivid and informative. You did a great job of capturing the atmosphere of the event and giving me a window into a cultural tradition. Your use of language was also very effective, smoothly transition between English and native language. Furthermore, the ending also tied the story together nicely and provided a satisfying conclusion.

Jennifer Bisbing Tue, 12/09/2023 - 02:00

I loved learning about this Ethiopian way of approaching coffee. What a great tradition to bring into sharing coffee with guests. A life lesson not just for kids, for sure. Kids can be so cruel, but I love how it all shifted with the buna party. What a great lesson of acceptance.

Pramudith Rupasinghe Wed, 13/09/2023 - 09:39

Though it is a children's book, The Big Buna Bush is a piece of cross-cultural literature. Well presented in a way that children could absorb complex concepts such as diversity, the book is fun to read.

Nadine Matheson Wed, 13/09/2023 - 19:13

I thought that this was fantastic. It was both educational and emotive. This book did a great job of taking the reader on a journey and teaching the importance of diversity and inclusivity.

Tirza Wed, 27/09/2023 - 20:11

LOL I haven't been able to log into my account, so this is the first time I've seen all these encouraging comments ! Thank you SO much.....each one of you.

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