Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-03-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Children's book about embracing differences
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Charlsie Dewey
2014-12-17

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Craig Pomranz noticed that his godson seemed anxious one night when he was putting him to bed. In the process of trying to figure out what was causing him anxiety, Pomranz said his godson asked, "Is there such a thing as a tomgirl?"

"I just thought out of the mouths of babes," Pomranz said. "We are such a misogynistic society and tomboy, that is kind of great. You are strong and you can do this and that. Tomgirl, you are silly, weak … already implications; there is no such word and yet it has so much meaning."

The question inspired Pomranz to write Made by Raffi, an illustrated children's book that tells the story of Raffi, a little boy who doesn't care for sports but likes to knit and sew. Raffi is initially teased about his hobby, but in the end he becomes a hero to his class.

"I wrote the book to support young boys and girls who are perceived as 'different' because of their appearance or hobbies," Pomranz said. "It is a funny, colorful book with a serious message and will interest those who care about promoting diversity and embracing our differences, as well as all children seeking to fit in."

The book became available in Europe in February 2014. It is being published in five languages and distributed in eight countries so far by UK publishers Frances Lincoln under their diversity imprint Janetta Otter-Barry Books.

Award-winning artist Margaret Chamberlain illustrated the book.

Made by Raffi is already getting positive reviews.

"I have already received terrific early trade reviews and many supportive messages from those who have seen advance copies of the book as well as from those who have ordered," Pomranz said.

He noted one email came from a man in Istanbul who wrote, "Today I enjoyed to preorder your beautiful and meaningful children book for my cousin. Especially here in Turkey we need to learn respect to the one who is different than us. Thanks for your effort to make the world a better place to live."

Additionally, a donor has given 75 books to the Archdiocese of New York Catholic schools for all of its libraries.

"It's been amazing to me how a picture book with such simplicity in language and pictures can have such an impact on people," Pomranz said.

Pomranz thinks the story can help parents who are struggling with how to let their kids be themselves but at the same time are concerned about bullying and teasing.

"Most of the parents of young kids I know are trying on one hand to let their kids follow their own interests, but on the other are concerned about their kid fitting in and not being teased," he said. "As a result, atypical hobbies and behaviors are only encouraged so far."

This is the first book Pomranz has published. He has spent his career in entertainment, working as a singer.

His singing career and publishing career might soon collide.

Pomranz said Amanda McBroom, who wrote "The Rose," made famous by Bette Midler in the film "The Rose," and Michele Brourman, who wrote music for the "Land Before Time" series along with McBroom, loved the book so much they wrote a song for it called "Different," which Pomranz recently recorded.

He is not sure what else might come from the book, but said he is open to opportunities to get the story out to as many kids and parents as possible.

"It's been overwhelming," he said. "It's been the most emotionally satisfying thing I've ever done on so many levels and for so many reasons."

Made By Raffi is available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Bring in Da Funk celebrates Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's 10th Night of Noise 2017-03-23 - Each year, students all across the country participate in an annual protest to call attention to the silence LGBTQ+ youth endure. A lasting ...


Gay News

BOOKS Roxane Gay returns to Chicago to talk about 'Difficult Women' 2017-03-22 - "Roxane Gay can do anything," Women and Children First co-owner Sarah Hollenbeck said when introducing the celebrated author to the avid audience that ...


Gay News

Lambda Literary finalists announced 2017-03-22 - LGBT organization Lambda Literary announced the finalists of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, or the "Lammys." They were chosen from nearly 900 ...


Gay News

In the Life: Blaise Moran 2017-03-15 - Blaise Moran takes a deep, personal look at the Bible in his new, self-published book, titled The Unethical Bible. He spent six ...


Gay News

Night Ministry group seeks to empower homeless youth 2017-03-15 - Last February, Candace Musick—youth development manager for The Night Ministry, which offers services to the homeless in Chicago—held a focus group at the ...


Gay News

Boston LGBTQ youth theater group first to receive White House honor 2017-03-15 - The night following Moonlight's win for Best Picture at the Oscars, a first for a Black LGBTQ film, True Colors Out Youth Theater—the ...


Gay News

AIDS care nurse's life is rendered in comic-book form 2017-03-15 - For most people who have spent even a short stretch as a patient in a hospital ward, the nurse is the most important ...


Gay News

'Forging from Fire' March 23-26 2017-03-15 - Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) will perform Forging from Fire at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., on March 23-26. ...


Gay News

Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards 2017-03-15 - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. ...


Gay News

Author Santiago on 'Being Open about the Downlow' 2017-03-14 - Cordaro Dont'e Santiago grew up a bit of an outcast—an overweight, observant kid who watched his family dysfunction and felt personally responsible. As ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.