Teaching Tool                      Young Reader Picture Book                  Coffee Table Book
 
Teaches diversity, foreign language, international culture, American heritage, tolerance, pride in one’s roots, pluralism, anti-bullying and patriotism.
 
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What's Inside ?

WE ARE AMERICAN is dedicated to each and every American. Readers get a glimpse of different countries, their flags and representative costumes, and even learn how to say “hello” in numerous languages. Children learn about our heritage, the value of unity in diversity, and the importance of celebrating one’s roots while still being a true American.

 

In a world where there is so much turmoil and civil unrest, tolerance and acceptance are essential to establishing peace. Awareness is the first step toward embracing diversity. When children are aware of the beauty in America's cultural heterogeneity, they will be accepting of these differences and will be the force in creating a more peaceful and stronger community.

 

This colorful publication can easily be used as a teaching tool in educational institutions as well as serves as a conversational coffee-table book.  Whether a toddler or a centenarian, this book will motivate readers to learn afresh or rediscover their lineage. 

 

Let’s celebrate our cultural diversity and and honor our similarities. 

“If we are to teach real peace in this world ... we shall have to begin with the children."


Mohandas Gandhi

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

Abraham Lincoln

 
 
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR

Sometimes we forget the foundations upon which the USA was built. America was created to provide a home for people of all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicity, and colors.

 

Wouldn’t it be exciting if children of all different cultural backgrounds could proudly declare they are American not because of what they look like or eat at home or how they worship, but rather because they all believe in the basic principles that America was built upon; freedom, equality, and the right to pursue your dreams? These values were established by our founding fathers over 200 years ago.

 

Hello!  My name is Nikita.  I was born in India and moved to the United States when I was 2 years old.  I often traveled internationally, studied abroad in Japan as a college student, and lived with my husband and children as an expatriate in France for three years.   I experienced the advantage of being raised in a fascinating multi-cultural environment as well as the struggle of being ostracized for being different.  

I decided to create an artistic platform to declare that “it’s OK to be unique. Being different is our right. Individuality is American.”

We Are American is a colorful celebration of the American heritage and dream.  The book creatively reintroduces the concept of America as the “Great Melting Pot” while encouraging Pluralism.  Maintaining one’s roots while adopting the spirit of American culture is a concept my family and I believe in and practice with our children.

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Reader Comments

"I was recently gifted the book “We Are American” authored and illustrated by Nikita Hattangady.

This book is an excellent work of art that serves multiple purposes. It is an outstanding educational tool for classrooms, to teach children about Unity and Diversity:  two very important fundamentals beliefs that our nation’s values and culture are based on. Children (as well as adults) will have the ability to learn greetings in foreign languages see costumes from across the globe and even get to travel the world in one sitting.

 It is also an excellent coffee table book.  Several of our friends were looking at it and even the adults were excited to discuss their own heritage.

The pictures are vibrant and colorful. The read is simple yet meaningful. The author has obviously done here research and put in a great deal of thought before putting this piece together.

 I would highly recommend educators and parents and anyone who wants to see some lovely artwork to get the book. Get one copy for yourself and additional ones to gift! "            

                                                                                                                                                     

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