Bella’s Chocolate Surprise Fair Trade Kid’s Book

bellechocolate.jpgBella’s Chocolate Surprise* by Adam Guillain and illustrated by Elke Steiner is one of the first children’s picture books to focus on Fair Trade.  It stars inquisitive, adventurous heroine, Bella Balistica, and takes readers from Bella’s home in London to Ghana, West Africa. In Ghana, Bella befriends a group of children who work in the cacao fields to make chocolate as part of a Fair Trade CertifiedTM collective.
Transfair USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is one of twenty members of Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO), and the only third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. They audit transactions between US companies offering Fair Trade Certified  products and the international suppliers from whom they source, in order to guarantee that the farmers and farm workers behind Fair Trade Certified goods were paid a fair, above-market price.