A little strange, a little odd
Isn’t he a little flawed?
A triangle head and no wings,
Isn’t he an ugly beast?
Clumsy and tall and fat,
A funny nose, the body of a rat.
How can she fly if she’s that big?
How can she fly if she eats like a pig?
With Triangle Man and the Flightless Diwata, Kate Osias asks what it means to be different. What happens when it is a “bad” kind of different, the kind that is not tolerated by one’s peers or community? And what if that kind of different becomes a reason to be the butt of jokes, and then, taunting. And then suddenly, it’s not a joke anymore.
In a time of Mamasapano, yaya meals, and LGBT news, Kate’s story is ever so timely, and is one that should be read to and with our children (and not a few of our so-called “leaders”). We hope that this book can trigger much needed conversations that ultimately will teach empathy, value diversity, and and help to build a nation founded on genuine respect and inclusion.