Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – New Book on the Shelves – #Change #Language -Whaaat? by Dawn Doig

Delighted to announce the release of a new children’s book by Dawn Doig – Whaaat?: Celebrate the challenges and successes of a young child trying to understand a new language in a new country.

About the book

Imagine having to learn a new language in a new school and in a new country. This is the reality for many children globally in our very mobile world as they become bilingual, trilingual or even multilingual.

Anand is a little Mongolian boy who is attending an English-speaking school for the first time. What a scary experience! And why does he always hear people says, “E el gi piddr”? What does that mean? With time, practice, and support from his caring teachers, Anand gradually learns the language and he finally understands what they have been saying all along. “Whaaat?” gives children the opportunity to try to understand the challenges and successes some of their classmates face when immersed in a new culture and a new language. Through the experiences of Anand, children can see the value of compassion and learn to appreciate the diversity of our world.

Buy the book: Amazon US –  And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Dawn Doig in several languages.

One of the reviews for Hair Peace

Maria Catalina Egan 5.0 out of 5 stars Empathy and Understanding  Reviewed in the United State

I was floored by this book. I did not expect the ending. I thought it was like a few other ones I have read, and good. But SPOILER when the book addressed Alopecia and took it to another level. THAT makes this a STAD OUT READ!

The little girls search for identity and desire to fit in, is very well written, but then when the author cleverly adds the layer of understanding that there is so much more to life than vanity I was floored. BRAVO a FIVE STAR unless I can give more!!!!

Read the reviews and Buy Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Dawn: Goodreads – Website: Dawn Doig – Twitter: @Shoebears

About Dawn Doig

Dawn Doig

Authors in the shadows can lead very interesting lives full of inspiration for the next engaging story: I am the author (and sometimes illustrator) of 15 children’s picture books.

Three new books were just recently released. I am a certified Canadian audiologist and had an amazing 23-year career that took me to Kuwait, England, and the far north of Canada (Northwest Territories and Nunavut), culminating in an eight year stint as the head of the audiology unit in a large rehabilitation hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 2013, I went back to school to complete a second master’s degree, this time in education, and I am now a teacher of English as an additional language. My husband, an educator with many hats, had followed me around the globe for 23 years and now I follow him.

My first job teaching was in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. We traded in the parkas, heavy boots, gloves, scarves and pollution masks for short-sleeved shirts, sunglasses and sandals and relocated to Yaoundé, Cameroon almost two years ago. Many of my books have been inspired by the children I have worked with as an audiologist and ELL teacher. Most have received 5-star reviews and one recently received a silver medal for cover design. I had the pleasure of reading one of my books to the three and four year old Pre-K classes and it was sheer delight to hear them giggling throughout the reading. I am still very much in the shadows when it comes to selling my books (very difficult from Africa), but it tickles my heart when students find my books in the library and announce, “Ms. Dawn, you’re a real live author!”

Knowing that my books bring on laughter and tears brings me great joy and I dream that one day my stories will touch more and more people around the world. My time will eventually dawn (pun intended).


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over explore Dawn’s books in more detail.. thanks Sally.

33 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – New Book on the Shelves – #Change #Language -Whaaat? by Dawn Doig

  1. Thank you as always for your support, Sally. You have been such a wonderful support for new authors or those not so well known like myself. I am currently trying to sell my books to raise the necessary funds to build a new school for the deaf/ orphanage in Cameroon, Africa where I live and teach. I am sure most of your readers could never imagine living in the deteriorating buildings of an old poultry factory. That is the reality for these children. I have also started a GoGetFunding for this cause. It will take many helping hands to make this dream come true.

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  2. Great topic! This situation occurs more times than people probably realize. I taught kids who walked into my classroom not knowing any English.

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      • For many of these kids the ELL classroom is their ‘safe haven’. They can be themselves; they can make mistakes without their classmates watching. I have witnessed these children blossom when they are having individual support. The main character of this book was inspired by a little boy I worked with in Mongolia – my first year of teaching. I had a little German boy that first year, too. He cried almost every day for the first few months of Grade 1. When he was with me, though, he was calm. I studied German for two years so I was able to chat with him in German. I have also studied French, German, Mongolian, and Arabic. I find that understanding the structure of a language, even if I am not fluent, helps me explain to children how English is different from their home language. I also believe strongly in translanguaging and the validation of a child’s home language.

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      • Thank you for what you do, Dawn. Perhaps this sounds a bit stereotypical, but I often found that my ELL families had great respect for education and teachers, which wasn’t always true of their American counterparts.

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