"My name is Alex Petroski and my house is
in Rockview, Colorado, United States of America, planet Earth. I am eleven
years and eight months old . . ."
Filipino American Alex Petroski
LOVES astronomy. His hero is Carl Sagan, the astronomer who sent a "Golden
Record" out into space. In 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. In
case the spacecraft ever made contact with extraterrestrial life forms, or
future humans, each had on board a "Golden Record," a copper phonograph LP
featuring a collection of sounds and images meant to portray the life and
culture on planet Earth. The recorded sounds included things like wind,
thunder, bird songs, greetings in 55 languages, and the brainwaves of a
woman in love. (You can actually listen to the audio of the Golden Record
Alex has built his very own rocket,
Voyager 3, and plans to launch it into space at SHARF (Southwest High-Altitude…
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Author Neesha Meminger's debut work is Shine, Coconut Moon, an important and interesting young adult novel about the many complexities of family, identity, and living between two cultures.
I've asked Neesha some questions to get to know more about her and her work. Thank you, Neesha, for answering my questions. And thank you very much for Shine, Coconut Moon - my wonderful gateway to learning about Indians, Indian Americans, and Sikhism!
Can you please tell us a bit about your South Asian heritage?
I was born in Punjab, India and we moved to Canada when I was five. I have been in the west since. My parents didn't speak a word of English, so we spoke only Punjabi at home, and only English at school. I think it took me a while to figure out both, but it's where my fascination with the rhythms of language, the importance of word choice, and the power of the word took root.
Cabangon's inspiring lyrics remind children
of the ways they can be good Filipinos, such as doing their best in school and obeying their parents. There are plenty of reminders for adults too, such as following traffic rules and not selling their votes during elections. Tejido's illustrations are warm and
wholesome, acrylic paintings on hand-woven mats that depict different
ways to be good citizens.
You just can't go wrong with Ako'y Isang Mabuting Pilipino! Children and adults will understand and appreciate the lyrics and paintings. The chords of the song are provided, so music lovers can play and sing along. There are notes and guide questions for educators. There is even a treat for book…