This brightly illustrated picture book contains five simple stories for young readers. They foster an understanding of the oneness of the human race and celebrate its diversity within that unity.
Likening the human race to various colored cotton in a woven cloth, various fruits on the tree of life, stars in the heavens, members of one body, and different notes in one perfect chord, the stories use the concrete to teach the abstract.
Young readers will enjoy the bright colors and simple text as they develop their understanding of the unity and diversity of the human race.
These stories were originally written in Tetum (the language of East Timor) for use in spiritual education classes for children. The theme of the oneness of humanity and the celebration of the unity in diversity of the human race are central to all Bahá’í educational endeavors. It is taught from the earliest years in children’s lives. These books were developed during the four years that the author lived in East Timor, to serve as instruments in those important educational processes.
Melanie Lotfali PhD is a graduate of the Australian College of Journalism in Professional Writing for Children.
Melanie has taught spiritual education classes for children for the past twenty years in five countries and is currently an active animator and trainer of animators for the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program. She is a qualified counselor and classroom teacher, and for over six years facilitated violence prevention and respectful relationships programs in high schools.
Much of her childhood was spent on the farms, beaches and mountains of Tasmania, where the Fellowship Farm series is set. As an adult she spent four years in Siberia and four years in East Timor as a pioneer. She currently lives in Lismore, Australia, with her family.