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I am happy to review a wonderful book written in Greek, by Agatha Rodi, under the title "A young Kimolistas" for theMulticultural Children's Book Day#ReadYourWorld #mcbdI'm reviewing this book as part of Multicultural Children's Book Day 2023 (1/26/23) in its 10th Year Anniversary. This non-profit children's literacy initiativewas founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.

So, let me introduce you to a Greek author Agatha Rodand her book A young Kimolistas", by Weaving Waves Publications


"A young Kimolistas"

By Greek author Agatha Rodi

Illustrated by Mateya Arkova

Published by Weaving Ways Publications

A picture book in Greek for ages 6+

Have you ever gone to Kimolos Aegean Island in Greece Well I you haven't reading this book will definitely put this trip into your bucket list

"A young Kimolistas"is a lovely picture book both for young people (ages 6+) and travelers. Greek author, Agatha Rodi introduces her readers to the small Greek Cycladic island Kimolos, located in the Aegean sea.

Have you ever gone to Kimolos Aegean Island in Greece? Well If you haven't, reading this book will definitely put this trip into your bucket list.

"A young Kimolistas" is a lovely picture book both for youngs (ages 6+) and travelers. Greek author, Agatha Rodi introduces her readers to the small Greek Cycladic island Kimolos, located in the Aegean sea.

Phaidon, a young boy, arrives in Kimolos island with his parents for vacation, loves the island and becomes a young Kimolistas. As he watches a film in the open air cimena "Cine Kalisperitis" an enormous desire comes up to write down his thoughts and feelings, despite the fact that his teacher once told him that he is not so good at writing. He just grabs his notebook and starts writing from the heart. Meeting Pappou Niko with his donkey Kitsos (Pappou means grandfather) is the start to explore the hidden paradise, Kimolos. Pappou Niko triggered him to discover the beauty of Polyaigos island, the old city of Kimolos below the surface of the sea, the Galakteri's cave where Mediterranean seal lives. Along with three other boys he learns about Kimolos island, goes hiking and explores the Kimolian nature. Phaidon becomes a young volunteer at the local "Kimolistes" group the ambassadors of the "SeaChange Greek Islands" and helps them clean the beaches! He has exceptional experiences when he visits the beehive with his parents up in the mountains and at the Astroparty while watching the stars with the telescope, at the Afentakio Institution.

The vocabulary of the book is rich. You will definitely come across new words! Some of them describe the traditional life and activities on the island of Kimolos. I guarantee that a child will not be bored reading. On the opposite its imagination will travel!

What makes this book worth reading, is that you find our hero's notes, Phaidon's, written by one of the writer's students, with his handwriting.

The illustrations, by Mateya Arkova, are bright, colorful and vivid.

I have to admit that my favorite part is the Greek boy's notes by his handwriting. What a wonderful addition to the book's concept

Agatha Rodi's book is definitely a keeper! It is highly recommended not only for your summer trip in Greece and especially on Kimolos island but also for its multicultural identity and character. Reading this book was a treasure of information regarding history, landscape, traditional customs and food! My mind and my heart traveled to Kimolos, experienced the open-air cinema, Cine Kalisperitis, tasted traditional recipes, smelled the thyme and the oregano. Reading it was a heart smiling experience. We look forward to seeing also new editions of other Greek islands and, why not, in other languages such as French, Spanish and German. Until then put in your bucket list a trip to Kimolos island, in the Aegean Sea!



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Let's meet the author

Agatha Rodi was born in Patras, Greece. She has been working as a foreign language teacher for twenty-four years. She published her picture book “A young Kimolistas” (2022) in Greek, English, French, and Italian. The bilingual picture book “Amelie at Grandma's” (2020) is in two versions, in Greek-English and Greek-French. She has translated/edited short stories, anthologies, and poems LuzDelMes-USA2019&2020 and Unfettered Hearts-USA, 2021. As a writer, she appeared in the Greek Anthology, for her birthplace Patras: “8 People of the City” (2019). Being the Policy Maker of the "Kimolistes Ngo", she organizes the "Story Telling Waves" workshops, under the auspices of the Hellenic Tourism Organization, related to the environment, and Kimolian tradition. Her successful proposals for the “Kimolistes Ngo” are: Silver Award, BEST CITY AWARDS 2023(Greece), Culture and Sustainable Development, BRAVO Sustainability Dialogue & Awards (2022) as Ambassador of Sustainable Development, in Greece, 1st place in the European Union , Sustainable Cultural Tourism (ECTN AWARD 2021). She is a member of the International Organization SCBWI (Society of children's Book Writers and Illustrators), the Circle of the Greek Children's Book (Greek Ibby), the Cyprus Association on Books for Young People (Cypriot Ibby), the Greek-Japanese Association, and the European Association of Creative Writing Programs (EACWP). She represents Greece as the Ambassador of the non-profit organizations (MCBD-US), (International Read To Me DayAustralia), Inclusion Matters (US). She writes in the newspaper "National Herald" US of the Greek diaspora. She set up her own Publishing Company "Weaving Waves Publications" (June 2022).



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Book Review  "A young Kimolistas"

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