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      Along the Tapajós

      by Fernando Vilela

      Apr 2020

      Multicultural Elementary

      Cauã and Inaê are a brother and sister who live in a small community along the Tapajós River in Brazil. Here, the homes are on stilts and everyone travels around by boat—even to school! When the rainy season comes, they must leave their village and relocate to higher ground for a while. But after moving this year, Cauã and Inaê realize they’ve left behind something important: their pet tortoise, Titi! Unlike turtles, tortoises can’t swim, and Cauã and Inaê are really worried. So the pair sneaks back at night on a journey along the river to rescue him. Will they be able to save Titi?

      No Steps Behind: Beate Sirota Gordon’s Battle for Women’s Rights in Japan

      by Jeff Gottesfeld

      Mar 2020

      Multicultural Elementary

      Out of stock
      No Steps Behind tells the unlikely story of Beate Sirota, a young woman who grew up in Japan and returned as a translator working for the American military after WWII. Fluent in Japanese language and culture, she was assigned to work with the delegation writing the new post-war constitution. Thanks to her bravery in speaking up for the women of Japan, the new constitution ended up including equal rights for all women.

      Author’s note with photographs. References. Bibliographic notes. Time line. Full-color illustrations.

      The Moose of Ewenki

      by Gerelchimeg Blackcrane

      Feb 2020

      Multicultural Elementary

      Out of stock
      When a Mongolian elder named Gree Shrek hunts a female moose by mistake, her young calf is left behind. Saddened by her loss, Gree Shrek names the calf Xiao Han (“Little Moose”), and the moose and man form an authentic attachment. Xiao Han accompanies Gree Shrek as the hunter-gatherer herds reindeer, sets up camp, forages for food in the forest, and visits his peoples’ village, where many fun adventures happen. But as the little moose grows bigger, Gree Shrek knows he must return his companion to the forest.

      Richly detailed, painterly illustrations by Chinese fine artist Jiu’er bring authenticity and beauty to this thoughtful book, which illuminates the traditional and vanishing way of life for the Ewenki peoples of Inner Mongolia.

      Full-color illustrations.

      Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

      by Mitali Perkins

      Jan 2020

      Multicultural Elementary

      Out of stock
      It's almost time for Christmas, and Maria is traveling with her mother and younger brother, Juan, to visit their grandmother on the border of California and Mexico. For the few minutes they can share together along the fence, Maria and her brother plan to exchange stories and Christmas gifts with the grandmother they haven't seen in years. But when Juan's gift is too big to fit through the slats in the fence, Maria has a brilliant idea.

      Here is a heartwarming tale of families and the miracle of love.

      Author’s note. Full-color illustrations.

      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

      Out of stock
      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.
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