Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards


We loved RICE & ROCKS…..

Rice and Rocks is a smart, colourful and well-written book that makes it easy for us to explain the importance of our traditions and the need to follow them. Bright, detailed pictures, and easy to read text made it a breeze to read with my son. Giovanni is enjoying his holiday with his Congo African Grey Parrot, Jasper who is no ordinary parrot. When Giovanni is a bit miffed about the traditional Sunday meal his aunt and parrot step in to make him aware. He along with his aunt flies away on his magical parrot to learn about what traditions and culture of his friends.

This is story will resonate with all of us since we too struggle with preserving our traditions and culture. Living in a world that is being slowly overwhelmed with new and modern ideas, it is easy to forget ourselves and our heritage.



The pictures, the spunky parrot Jasper and the easy to follow storyline makes it a wonderful, absorbing read, my son, and I read it and then read it again. He had so many questions to ask, so many things to say. I think this is a brilliant way of teaching our children about our values and culture.

Often the kids frown upon the traditions we have, the activities we do within our culture, by reading this book they will understand them and embrace its importance. Not only does the storybook teach us to value our own traditions but to respect those of others.

A fun read with good ideas and so much imagination. All this was well appreciated by my son as well. “It’s drawing was very cool and I loved the magical part when they touched the bird’s beak to get big and small.” The food adds to the experience since even we eat similar dishes, and my son asked for me to cook Rice and Rocks for him. He was happy that kids world over find it as tasty as he does. The magic, the travel, and the different experiences add up to a picture book that will be read many times.


BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the charming children’s book written by Sandra L. Richards and illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan, Rice & Rocks. The tour will run from August 23 – September 13, 2016.

About the Book


Title: Rice & Rocksl | Author: Sandra L. Richards | Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing | Publication Date: August 23, 2016, Genre: Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32


Book Description:

Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity.

Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed he does not like ‘rice and rocks’ and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.



About the Author: Sandra L. Richards


Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.

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About the Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan


Megan Kayleigh Sullivan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in Illustration. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist, and aspires towards a career in the film and animation industry as a concept artist, character designer, or visual development artist (or d., all of the above). She enjoys traveling, writing, telling stories, and hula-hooping.

Visit her at www.357meg.com.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: September 13, 11:59 pm, 2016

Open to: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Sandra L. Richards and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to [email protected].

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