Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
For a third year in a row, I’m very excited to be participating in this exciting event! This time, as part of this effort, I’ll be reviewing a mid-grade chapter book by author Dani Dixon, entitled Five Nations, Peace Day, and two Story Books titled The Crane Girl, by Curtis Manley, and Marti’s Song for Freedom, by Emma Otheguy.
About Five Nations, Peace Day
The Five Nations: Endelle; Azin; Callen; Ponosta; and Erducé; are spread out roughly like the fingers on a hand. Each Nation shares a border with at least one other Nation. They also share a common land, a neutral zone, known as ‘The Palm’. The Nations have held a comfortable peace for generations by faithfully maintaining the desperate agreement forged after decades of debilitating war.
Each Nation has its own Royal Family, customs, and language.
In each Royal Family there is a Princess, whose sole responsibility is to be an Ambassador of Peace.
On the annual commemoration of the end of the great wars, “Peace Day”, these five girls – Princess Tuyên, Princess Anna’ Bilh-heh-neh, Princess Eiric, Princess Catequil, Princess Kelile – are only prepared to dance, laugh, and exchange gifts.
That isn’t, however, what they will be called to do.
Five Nations Peace Day by Dani Dixon, is the set-up of a fantasy world comprised of Five Nations that had been at war for a long time, but have now found a way to live in peace with one another. This book creates the ground work for what the rules of this place are, and what each culture stands for. In that respect it is an interesting read, very well written, and the book delves deep into this new world, its politics and characters.
Each land is ruled by a monarchical system. The five princesses of each Nation, the peace ambassadors for their respective land, are clearly established and their character traits craftily developed. The book is full of details and has a very rich diversity of colors, creeds and cultures throughout. However, and this is my main problem with this novel, it lacks conflict. This makes for a very long exposition, but as soon as we actually are presented with the conflict of the story, the book abruptly ends. I’m very much interested to know where all this work on characters and the fantasy world set forth goes, but the first book in the series definitely left me wanting.
I think this book is good for tween readers, lovers of fantasy, a good introduction to politics. I feel it is more focused on girls than boys because of the main characters and their stories.
NOTE: I was given a free Proof Copy of this book as part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day event in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author
Dani Dixon is a comic book creator, author and publisher. She began indie publishing house TUMBLE CREEK PRESS which is the imprint for all her books to date. Dani created and writes the comic book series “13”, “M.I.S.//ing” and “Escape! To Outer Space” and book series “Five Nations”. Her first non-genre book will be the novel “Precedent” (July 2017).
Dani speaks around the country on topics such as diversity in comics, marketing for independent artists, and women in sci-fi. She has spoken at the Writers Guild of America about the influence of comic books on Hollywood and regularly consults on comic book adaptations. Dani has lent her expertise on genre material and the publishing industry to more than thirty panels, many at the biggest conventions in North America.
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