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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?

      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.

      First Laugh: Welcome Baby!

      by Rose Tahe

      Jan 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      $17.05  $7.50  Member Price
      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.

      Pickled Watermelon

      by Esty Schachter

      Dec 2018

      Multicultural Elementary

      It's the summer of 1986, and eleven-year-old Molly just wants to spend the summer with her friends at camp. Instead, she reluctantly heads to Israel to visit family she barely knows! With a less-than-basic knowledge of Hebrew that she picked up in Hebrew school, Molly wonders how she will be able to communicate and have fun in a country that is new and foreign to her. Luckily, surprises are in store.

      Seven Pablos

      by Jorge Luján

      Oct 2018

      Multicultural Elementary

      Pablo lives in Chile with his hardworking father. But Pablo also lives in Ecuador, deep in the Amazon rainforest. There is another Pablo living with his family in Mexico, after fleeing the dictatorship in Argentina. And in New York, Pablo shares an overcrowded apartment in the Bronx, where he’s only allowed home for twelve hours at a time. Pablo is the son of a rural schoolteacher in Peru, and another Pablo picks through garbage to survive in Rio de Janiero, while yet another Pablo has big plans to get from Guatemala to Los Angeles. Poet Jorge Luján tells the powerful story of seven different Pablos living seven different lives in this world we all call home.
      Three-color illustrations done in graphite and colored pencil.

      Water

      by Subhash Vyam

      Sep 2018

      Multicultural Elementary

      “Did we take more than our due?” Weaving his tale around a Gond fable about water, artist Subash Vyam muses on the history of our relationship to this most primeval of elements. A migrant to the city, he recalls growing up in a village where water was always scarce and human ingenuity was welcomed. In contrast to the village, the needs of the city are monstrous and there is a great danger that we will run this resource completely dry. In the end, there is only one way forward: all communities need to make a pact with Nature in order to survive — or in our mindless push to harness her powers, we might lose our own place in this universe.
      Full-color illustrations.

      Look! What Do You See?: An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs

      by Xu Bing

      Feb 2018

      Multicultural Elementary

      A puzzle, a work of art, and a collection of classic American and Chinese songs, fill this innovative book by one of the world’s foremost contemporary artists.
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