Aunt Waka's message to Rinko illustrates two of the many potentials of multicultural children's literature: to en able nonmainstream children to see others who are like them reflected in literature they read and hear, and to help them build self-esteem and feel pride in themselves as part of their culture. Yet the underlying message of multicultural literature is one that benefits all children.
Young, T. A., Campbell, L. C., & Oda, L. K. (1995). Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults: A Rationale and Resources. Reading Horizons, 35 (5). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol35/iss5/2