As our children have opportunities to meet kids who are different than they are, there are possibilities for new perspectives, ideas, experiences, and awareness.  Encouraging them to make friends with those who are different — no matter how big or small the difference — is an excellent way to encourage acceptance of diversity and participate in friendships that bridge cultures.


This sweet and gentle picture book celebrates summer in Japan, as one little girl shares her love for bugs with her cousin who is visiting from America.

Natsumi’s cross-cultural friendship with Jill centers on a shared love of natural life and models openness to new experiences. Their friendship unfolds page by page as they build a summer of memories together.




Soaring high above
Slowly turning in circles
On broad rounded wings
Eyes fixed on the field, hunting.
Captures prey to feed its young.