Princess Maniya / Prensès Maniya eBook –

A reimagining of the traditional princess story, Princess Maniya offers a glimpse into the powerful female archetype that is a mainstay of Haitian culture Set in Haiti during the reign of King Melenik, our brave heroine Princess Maniya goes hunting with her father Theoriginal Haitian Creole text is displayed next to the English so that this beautiful language and richculturecan be preserved and passed down from one generation to the next Sure to delight families of the Haitian diaspora, this story will also expand the mind of any child who is curious about other cultures This story is written and illustrated by Haitian women living in the community In March and June of , NABU, with funding from USAID, hosted a series of Writers Workshops in Port au Princewith the purpose of creating original childrens books in Haitian Creole The Writers Workshops were created as part of our goal to address the need for childrens books in mother tongue languages NABU and our director in Haiti, Franoise Thybulle, recruited Haitian authors and illustrators to participate These sessions were our first and we have since also had workshops in Rwanda to create original books in Kinyarwanda The two sessions in Haiti each hostedHaitian authors and illustrators and created a total oftitles It is out of these workshops that an initial collection ofwas borne We intend to release two books every month from the colleciton, and all of the profits from the sale of this book will go to support local authors and illustrators and NABU reading programs in Haiti NABU is a New York basedcnonprofit organization, with a mission to solve the imbalance in childrens book creation and distribution, so all children can read and rise to their full potential NABU Publishing creates childrens stories with a cultural point of view Children who are exposed to multiple cultures and languages are likely to become lifelong learners and compassionate global citizens We believe that culturally relevant stories that reflect who children see when they look in the mirror help to develop healthy self esteem and a sense of pride, and children who learn about cultures different from their own are much likely to develop into adults who value the dignity of human life and making the world a better place for all This series of NABU stories are bilingual, written in both Haitian Creole and English, making them ideal for exposing young children to new cultures or helping children of the diaspora connect to the culture of their families

4 thoughts on “Princess Maniya / Prensès Maniya

  1. Lili B Lili B says:

    Love it

  2. CeeJayBee CeeJayBee says:

    I bought this book for my 9 year old niece and she absolutely adores it Notwithstanding I was very impressed with her reading and mastery of the Haitian Creole language But this is a very well written, well illustrated bilingual for every little princess who is looking for an interesting story I love it because she loves it.

  3. DE DE says:

    I wish these culturally relevant books were around when I was young.

  4. Jules J. Jules J. says:

    My daughter absolutely loved reading this book about her culture The two different languages created a bonding experience for her and her grandparents.