Iman Gilliam-Jerry
Mia’s Flower Garden by Iman Gilliam-Jerry

Mia is a six year old first grade student. She has recently
moved from the city to the suburbs and she isn’t happy
about it. She has to ride a school bus, instead of her
mommy driving her to school. Her classmates always ask
her silly questions, or say mean things; like calling her
hair "snake hair". Mia wishes everyone can look the same,
but her mommy teaches Mia a powerful lesson using the
flowers from her garden to show how different everyone is,
but unique and beautiful in their own way. Mia’s flower
garden supports diversity in a school environment and is
fun for all readers.
"Cute picture book. . .many Jewish customs are portrayed. . .demonstrates how young people interact with adults, especially grandparents.
. .story easily connects with children.  The grandfather is quite humorous.  Excellent diversity."  
............................................................................................................................................................................................................-Heartland Reviews
"Mushy Red Stuff" is an exciting Seder story for kids.  Even a surprising kiss from Eli’s grandpa is a memorable experience, along with a
promise from him to share his secret recipe for the "mushy red stuff."  The humor and action and the youthful outlook of its protagonist
make "Mushy Red Stuff" a keeper for young readers. Cultural diversity is made so much easier when readers enjoy identifying with a
spunky boy like Eli.

.......................................................................................................................................................................................................–Midwest Book Review