Category Archives: Hans Christian Andersen

The Life And Times Of Martin Luther

This informative biography begins with Luther’s birth, and moves through his youth, his decision to enter the priesthood, and his disenchantment with the church. The book focuses on the impact that Luther had on his times, including his translation of the Bible into German. Some of his 95 theses are explained. The detailed, historically accurate illustrations have a key at the end of the book providing more information. This book commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. mjw
Title: The Life And Times Of Martin Luther
Author: Meike Roth-Beck
Illustrator
: Klaus Ensikat
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Laura Watkinson
Original Title
: Von Martins Luthers Wittenberger Thesen
Original Publisher
: Kindermann Verlag. Berlin
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5495-7
Hardcover pages
: 44
Age range
: 7 up
Genre
: Information Book, Biography, Picture Book, Nonfiction
Book setting
: Europe
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
Awards
: Illustrator has won the Hans Christian Andersen Award 1996
Subjects
: Christian Europe, History, Religion, Religious

The Little Black Fish

The Little Black FishAn old fish tells the story of Little Black Fish to her 12,000 children and grandchildren. Little Black Fish leaves the safety of his small stream to venture out and see the world. He meets many different creatures along the way, including the dreaded pelican and the helpful lizard. Little Black Fish has big questions and is determined to find answers. He makes it to the edge of the sea and finds his answers, though he does not survive. He learns about life, dangers, enemies, and friends. This famous Iranian children’s story is considered to be a political allegory and was banned in pre-revolutionary (1978) Iran. mjw
Title: The Little Black Fish
Author: Samad Behrangi (1939-1967)
Illustrator
: Farshid Mesghali
Publisher
: Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd.  London, England
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Persian
Translator
: Azita Rassi
Original Publisher
: Kanoun Par Varesh Fekri.  Tehran, Iran
Original Copyright
: 1968
ISBN
: 978-1-910328-00-2
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Fiction, Allegory
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: Author lived in Iran
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Illustrator’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: Illustrator has won 1974 Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration
Subjects
: Coming of age, Fishes, Freedom, Independence

What A Party!

What A PartyBe careful when your mother says you can invite anyone you like to your birthday party, or you may have the craziest party ever. Children, pets, parents, salsa dancers, and a reggae band all join together in this celebration of diversity. Jack brings Larry, a soccer ball, and coconut cookies. Jack tells Beto and Antonieta, who bring their parrot, pineapples, mangoes, and passion fruit. The buffet grows in this chain reaction to include pizza, couscous, sushi, and much more. This is a great introduction to different countries, and everyone relates to food! Friends, family, and food from around the world are illustrated in acrylic and oil pastels. mjw
Title: What A Party!
Author: Ana Maria Machado
Illustrator
: Helene Moreau
Publisher
: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2013
Original Language
: Portuguese
Translator
: Elisa Amado
Original Title
: Mas que festa!
Original Publisher
: Nova Fronteira.  Rio de Janeiro
Original Copyright
: 1999 text, 2005 illustrations
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-168-7
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Author’s residence
: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris, France
Awards
: Author has won the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Award
Subjects
: Birthdays, Cautionary tales, Celebrations, Diversity, Holidays, Invitations, Multigenerational, Parties

Peter And The Wolf

peter-and-the-wolfPeter goes into the meadow with his friend the bird, when a duck waddles in and argues with the bird. Next, a fierce cat tries to catch the bird. Grandfather warns Peter about the wolf that may be in the meadow and Peter watches the wolf appear and eat the duck. Quick-witted Peter devises a plan to capture the wolf and help the hunters take the wolf to the zoo. This favorite Russian tale that children know because of Prokofiev’s music is stunningly illustrated with eccentric geometric shapes, vibrant colors, and innovative die cuts. mjw
Title: Peter And The Wolf
Author: Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Martin West (English text)
Illustrator
: Kveta Pacovska
Publisher
: Mineditions, Michael Neugebauer Publishing, Ltd.
Copyright
: 2013
Original Language
: German
Original Title
: Peter und der Wolf
Original Publisher
: Michael Neugebauer Publishing, Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-988-15955-6-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Russian – Prokofiev
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Czech
Illustrator’s residence
: Prague, Czech Republic (Czechia)
Awards
: 1992 Hans Christian Andersen Medal
Subjects
: Grandfathers, Music, Wolves

The Bear Who Wasn’t There: And The Fabulous Forest

the-bear-who-wasnt-thereA very positive bear, who is nice and handsome, too, sets out on a journey to find himself. With the help of Turtle Taxi, he travels through the Fabulous Forest that has eight directions – north, south, east, west, breakfast, lunch, right, and wrong. He meets Convenience Cow, Lazy Lizard, and Penultimate Penguin. In the end, he finds that he himself is just what he has been looking for all along. The musical wordplay and unusual illustrations in this absurd, clever, and philosophical story will remind readers of Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz. mjw
Title: The Bear Who Wasn’t There: And The Fabulous Forest
Author: Oren Lavie
Illustrator
: Wolf Erlbruch
Publisher
: Black Sheep/Akashic Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: German
Original Title
: Der Bar Der Nicht da War
Original Publisher
: Verlag Antje Kunstmann GmbH
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-61775-490-6
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 4-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Tel Aviv
Author’s residence
: Tel Aviv
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
Awards
: Illustrator has won the German Children’s Book Prize,  the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, and the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
Subjects
: Bears, Identity, Nature

The New Teacher

The New TeacherMiss Charlotte, the new teacher, is not like the others. She talks to a rock, has the class measure the room with cooked spaghetti, and tells captivating stories about a gorilla. Her students are convinced that she is crazy, but she makes learning fun and inspires them to think. However, not everyone approves of her methods. This modern-day Mary Poppins story is illustrated with quirky line drawings by Tony Ross. This is the first book in the Mademoiselle Charlotte series, which recounts the misadventures of the eccentric Mademoiselle in a variety of professions. mjw
Title: The New Teacher
Author: Dominique Demers
Illustrator
: Tony Ross
Publisher
: Alma Books, Ltd.
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Sander Berg
Original Title
: La Nouvelle Maitress
Original Publisher
: Editiones Quebec Amérique
Original Copyright
: 1994
ISBN
: 978-1-84688-399-6
Paperback pages
: 78
Age range
: 7-9
Genre
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: French Canadian
Author’s residence
: Montreal
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Awards
: Illustrator was a 2004 Hans Christian Andersen nominee, 1968 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis
Subjects
: Schools, Teachers

Bronze and Sunflower

Bronze and SunflowerSet during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (late 1960s and early 1970s), Sunflower, a young girl and her artist father are banished to do hard labor in the countryside at a cadre school. It’s a difficult life for her and she is lonely. She meets Bronze, the mute son of poor villagers, who is bullied by the other village boys. After Sunflower’s father dies, Bronze’s family takes her in despite facing extreme hardship, and Sunflower finally finds happiness. This engrossing, beautifully written novel, with luminous imagery, will broaden readers’ horizons. Notes in the back of the book provide historical background and information about Cao’s inspiration for the book. mjw
Title: Bronze and Sunflower
Author: Cao Wenxuan
Illustrator
: Meilo So
Publisher
: Walker Books Ltd. London
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Chinese
Translator
: Helen Wang
Original Copyright
: 2005
ISBN
: 978-1-4063-4846-0
Paperback pages
: 400
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Damaidi, China
Author’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Author’s residence
: China
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Awards
: 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal
Subjects
: China, Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), Friendship, Poverty, Survival