Book Uncle And Me

book-uncle-and-meSince energetic Yasmin turned eight, she vowed, “to read one book everyday. Every single day, forever.” She’s already up to more than 400, thanks to Book Uncle’s street-corner lending library. His street sign invites “Books. Free. Give One. Take one. Read-read-read.” Book Uncle is a retired teacher who always has the “right book for the right person for the right day.” When an order from the mayor threatens to have the lending library shut down and a mayoral election is on the horizon, Yasmin convinces all her friends, family, and neighbors to write letters to the mayoral candidates. Her campaign succeeds in making the voices of her community heard and Book Uncle is allowed to re-open his library. This universal story about the power of reading and grassroots activism offers insights into Indian culture and daily life, including the istri lady, who irons for customers, and descriptions of tasty coconut puttu. Expressive pencil drawings are sprinkled throughout the text. mjw
Title: Book Uncle And Me
Author: Uma Krishnaswami
: Julianna Swaney
: Groundwood Books.  House of Anansi Press. Toronto
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Scholastic India, Pvt. Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2012
: 978-1-55498-808-2
Hardcover pages
: 96
Age range
: 7-10
: Fiction
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: Victoria, British Columbia
Illustrator’s residence
: Portland, Oregon
: Scholastic Asian Book Award
: Books, Community activism Elections, Karate, Libraries, Mayors, People and places – Asia

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