Elementary Teachers Honour Itah Sadu

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Toronto author Itah Sadu is the recipient of the
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Children's Literature Award.
    ETFO President Emily Noble presented the award to Sadu at the
federation's annual meeting in Toronto today. Sadu received the award for her
book 'A Touch of the Zebras', which has also been recognized by the Canadian
Children's Book Centre.
    The award is granted each year to a non-ETFO member to recognize quality
children's literature that is in keeping with ETFO's position on social
justice and equity.
    "As educators, we understand the power of books to open up new worlds for
our students," Noble said in presenting the award. "A good book provides
enjoyment but also helps students develop literacy skills and furthers their
understanding of the world. We know that there are few learning tools as
powerful as a well-written book."
    'A Touch of the Zebras' is directed to children five to eight years of
age but contains an important message for everyone. The main character,
Chelsea, is struggling because she is from a mixed-race family and isn't sure
in which 'world' she belongs. The reader goes on a thought-provoking journey
with the child, as her dilemma becomes a pleasant learning experience for all.
    "Itah first wove this story as a storyteller in countless elementary
schools across Ontario," explained Noble. "Encouraged by educators to turn her
oral story into a print book, she has succeeded in a remarkable way. This is a
delightful tale full of fun and laughter, yet at the same time, it opens a
dialogue to greater understanding of multi-ethnic families."

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than
70,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Larry Skory, (416) 948-0195 (cell),
lskory@etfo.org; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell), jbrand@etfo.org; Mary
Morison, (416) 948-3406 (cell), mmorison@etfo.org; August 13-16, ETFO Media
Centre, Queens Quay 1, Concourse Level, The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto,
Phone: (416) 957-7181, Fax: (416) 957-7180

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