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Book of the Week: Made by Raffi

By Pathways

Written by Craig Pomranz, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain,
published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Raffi cannot figure out why he doesn’t fit in at school. Perhaps it’s because he’s too short? Maybe it’s because his hair is too long? Whatever the reason, Raffi feels much happier spending playtime with a teacher rather than roughhousing with his classmates. But one day, Raffi finally finds something he enjoys doing – knitting! His unusual new hobby makes the other kids laugh, but Raffi doesn’t care.

Made by Raffi is a delightful celebration of creativity and the joys of making something from scratch. The book dismantles stereotypes related to gender and expression, while emphasising that hobbies should make you happy, regardless of who you are.

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