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      Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a Time

      by Linda Sue Park

      Dec 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      Out of stock
      Young Nya takes little sister Akeer along on the two-hour walk to fetch water for the family. But Akeer becomes too ill to walk, and Nya faces the impossible: her sister and the full water vessel together are too heavy to carry. As she struggles, she discovers that if she manages to take one step, then another, she can reach home and Mama's care. Bold, impressionistic paintings by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brian Pinkney evoke the dry, barren landscape and the tenderness between the two sisters. An afterword discusses the process of providing clean water in South Sudan, reducing waterborne illness.

      Full-color illustrations.

      Child of St Kilda

      by Beth Waters

      Nov 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      Norman John Gillies was one of the last children ever born on St Kilda, five years before the whole population was evacuated forever to the British mainland. People had lived on these islands for over four thousand years, developing a thriving, tightly-knit society that knew nothing of crime or money, and took care of its weakest members without hesitation. At the mercy of the seasons and the elements, a unique lifestyle evolved, based around resilience, mutual trust, and caring. What was it like to grow up in such harsh conditions? Why and how did this ancient way of life suddenly cease in 1930? Where did the islanders go, and what became of them? And what became of Norman John, child of St Kilda?

      “St Kilda Sketchbook.” Map. Author’s note about visiting St Kilda. Bibliography. Full-color monoprint illustrations.

      Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family

      by Elizabeth Zunon

      Oct 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      Out of stock
      For a little girl’s seventh birthday, she and her father are baking her favorite cake—chocolate! As they work, her father tells the story of her Grandpa Cacao, a farmer from the Ivory Coast in Africa. In a land where big, graceful elephants roam and the air is hot and damp, Grandpa Cacao worked in his village to harvest cacao, which is what makes chocolate.

      When the little girl’s cake is done baking, her mother returns home with a special visitor…Grandpa Cacao himself!

      Author’s note. “From Bean to Treat.” Recipe for chocolate celebration cake. Full-color illustrations created with oil paint and collage with screen print.

      Hector: A Boy, a Protest, and the Photograph that Changed Apartheid

      by Adrienne Wright

      Sep 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      Out of stock
      The poignant story behind the 1976 photograph that exposed the ugliness of South Africa’s apartheid to the world and sparked change.

      On June 16, 1976, Hector Pieterson, an ordinary boy, lost his life after getting caught up in what was supposed to be a peaceful protest. Black South African students were marching against a new law requiring that they be taught half of their subjects in Afrikaans, the language of the White government. The story’s events unfold from the perspectives of Hector, his sister, and the photographer who captured their photo in the chaos. This book serves as a pertinent tool for adults discussing global history and race relations with children. Its graphic novel style and mixed media art portray the vibrancy and grit of Hector’s daily life and untimely death.

      Black-and-white photograph. “After the Photograph.” Author’s note. Further information about the people featured in the book. Selected sources. Glossary. Full-color pastel and collage illustrations.

      Riding a Donkey Backwards: Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin

      by Sean Taylor

      Aug 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      Would you like to know how a thief can turn into a donkey? Whether a cow can climb a pole? Or why you should spoon yogurt into a lake? Mulla Nasruddin knows all the answers, and he might also tell you why he rides his donkey backwards. Whether in the guise of an imam in a mosque or a beggar in the street, this trickster is never at a loss for a rejoinder, though it may leave you scratching your head, rolling your eyes, or laughing out loud. Enjoy twenty-one classic tales about a much-loved character from Muslim cultures in a book packed with jokes, riddles, and wisdom and paired with vibrant, theatrical illustrations.

      “Meet Mulla Nasruddin.” Glossary. Full-color mixed media illustrations.

      ¡Vamos!: Let's Go to the Market!

      by Raul the Third

      Jul 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      Bilingual in a new way, this paper over board book teaches readers simple words in Spanish as they experience the bustling life of a border town. Follow Little Lobo and his dog Bernabe as they deliver supplies to a variety of vendors, selling everything from sweets to sombreros, portraits to piñatas, carved masks to comic books!

      Glossary. Full-color illustrations done in ink and colored in Photoshop.

      Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child : A Worldwide Jack and the Beanstalk Story

      by Paul Fleishman

      Jun 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      The story of a child confronting a man-eating giant or witch is told the world over. These heroes go by many names and might be normal in size or no bigger than a thumb. Though they're often scorned for being the youngest and smallest, they're well-armed with cleverness and courage. Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis combine elements of this story from different traditions—Jack and the Beanstalk, Tom Thumb, Kihuo, Vasilisa—to create one narrative, one complete picture of a small boy's triumph.

      Author’s note. Full-color gouache illustrations.

      Ojiichan’s Gift

      by Chieri Uegaki

      May 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      When Mayumi was born, her grandfather created a garden for her. It was unlike any other garden she knew. It had no flowers or vegetables. Instead, Ojiichan made it out of stones: "big ones, little ones and ones in-between." Every summer, Mayumi visits her grandfather in Japan, and they tend the garden together. Raking the gravel is her favorite part. Afterward, the two of them sit on a bench and enjoy the results of their efforts in happy silence. But then one summer, everything changes. Ojiichan has grown too old to care for his home and the garden. He has to move. Will Mayumi find a way to keep the memory of the garden alive for both of them?

      Glossary of Japanese terms. Full-color watercolor illustrations.

      I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon

      by Miranda Paul

      Apr 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      As a child in Cameroon, Tantoh was teased for his interest in farming. Now, Farmer Tantoh is beloved across the country, where he has led clean water and agriculture projects for villages in need.
      Authors’ note. Glossary and pronunciation guide. Map. Proverbs. Full-color photographs and illustrations created with cut paper collage, watercolor, pen drawing, and pasted colored pencil.

      Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family

      by Van Ho

      Mar 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      Ho Chi Min City, 1981. When four-year-old Van woke up one morning, her mother and three siblings were gone. Van didn't think too much of it until later in the day, when her grandmother said they weren’t coming back.

      Author’s note. Interviews with Van’s father and mother. Full-color photo insert.

      Everything and Everywhere: A Fact-Filled Adventure for Curious Globe-Trotters

      by Marc Martin

      Feb 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      Out of stock
      From Hong Kong to Reykjavík, Ulaanbaatar to New York City, enjoy a lush and unexpected journey around the world to discover what makes each place unique. Sleepy sloths, colorful cows, staggering skylines, terrible traffic—countless surprises await! All you need is a good guide and a little curiosity . . . so, what are you waiting for? Let's go! From award-winning author and illustrator Marc Martin comes a quirky, fact-filled adventure for curious globe-trotters, young and old.
      Full-color illustrations rendered in watercolor, gouache, pencil, and digital collage.

      First Laugh: Welcome Baby!

      by Rose Tahe

      Jan 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby laugh hosts the child's First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this story?

      Authors’ notes. Illustrator’s note. Notes on the setting, the First Laugh Navajo tradition, and birth ceremonies around the world. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations drawn with pencils and finished with ballpoint pen and Photoshop.
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