On Quarantine Sketches, Rice and Swahili

Rice field
We live in a global world, and our mission at The Adventures of Pili continues to grow internationally. Quarantine has made me, or us, I should say, think out of the box. And that is a big step towards a better world. Because I am certain you know a kid that speaks Swahili we have translated The Adventures of Pili in New York into that language. You dont know anyone? Let me think…What about Japanese? Russian? French? German? Mandarin? Spanish? Well, we got you covered. You can now give our of our books in any of these languages to a loved one.
The reason I thought of Swahili, also known by its native name Kiswahili, it is because it is spoken by 98 million people, in countries such as Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya, but also in Burundi, Mozambique, Oman, Somalia the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa.

Have you ever wondered how people eat in small & remote communities? What is the key ingredient in their diets? In many places, that ingredient is rice. Grains of rice appear small, but they have a big historical & cultural importance. Did you know rice has been cultivated for roughly 14,000 years? There are three main types of wild grass from which all rice is derived from. Discover some fascinating facts about this gran in our last blog post.

And before I let you go so run wild and explore all the new content I am sharing today, I should suggest reading Carl Safina’s last article for The New York Times, How Melville showed us how to avoid virulent megalomania, racial bias, homophobia, and maybe even sea level rise.

Remember our mission at The Adventures of Pili is to create books and other educational products that increase children’s awareness of global environmental issues and foster multi-lingual literacy. And quarantined or not, we continue pushing forward.
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