Kathlyn D’souza speaks to Diani Lee, who is taking a step back to focus on her young family and author a new children’s book— The A to Z of a Good Heart
Diani Lee talks to us about her new children’s book, and family life
What have you been up to lately?
Between school runs or play dates and entertaining the kids, I squeeze in time to source for materials and check in with my sister on our blanket business, spend time with my husband, visit friends, as well as exercise.
Tell us about your foray into your children’s book project.
My father has been talking about this subject for many years. He is always on about how books for little kids teach them simple things like ‘A’ is for ‘Apple’, when kids’ capacity to learn and comprehend is so much larger than that. So we came up with a list of A-Z words that carry good meaning and have since taught it at a pre-school that his company helped start. I want parents to know that children only have limits when we set them a limit. I didn’t know what my dad meant then but now I do.
How much of a role did your father play in the culmination of this project?
Everyone who knows my dad knows him for the values he stands for. I grew up under his influence to always choose to do the right, honest and honourable thing. He has no idea I am doing this book though, it is a surprise for him.
Who illustrateded the book?
My illustrator is Komeil Zarin. He is a talentedented artist from Iran who has been in Malaysia for almost seven years. He is a registeredered UNHCR refugee who left his beloved Iran during instability. I am also very y happy to share that he has raised enough money from this project, and couldd finally afford to buy air tickets for his parents from the Middle East to come visit him. They have not seen each other in years.
Who inspired you?
My two boys. I want them to have a little book they can relate to, which reinforces the values we live by daily.
BY THE BOOK Diani Lee’s new book teaches and reinforces meaningful values to kids