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Birthdays Around The World


Birthday celebrations of seventeen kids from around the world are shared in this fun information book. Shinobu from Japan dresses in a kimono. Mercedes in Peru eats cake and purple pudding called mazamorra morada. Alana and Kainoa have a luau in Hawaii. And Dimitry in Russia eats blini with caviar and dumplings. A note to parents and teachers gives activities for children, like locating the countries mentioned on a map, sending cards, and making a birthday paper chain. A glossary is included. The author has also written Children Around the World, Families Around the World, and School Days Around the World. mjw
Title: Birthdays Around The World
Author: Margriet Ruurs
Illustrator
: Ashley Barron
Publisher
: Kids Can Press.  Toronto, Canada
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-624-1
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book, Information Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: British Columbia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto, Ontario
Subjects
: Birthdays, Celebrations

Mrs. White Rabbit

The wife of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland describes her busy day and her children in her diary. Beatrix, the eldest, wants to be a supermodel and refuses to eat. There are two pages of 100 ways to cook carrots, but not one will do. The twins are wise and thoughtful boys sitting on their chamber pots. Betty is concerned about starting school. Little Eliot insists on wearing a bunny costume for Halloween and the baby cries all day. The wonderful detailed illustrations make the book. We see Alice’s foot, a portrait of John Tenniel, the Cheshire cat, the Caterpillar, Humpty Dumpty, and much more. Look for mad prices at the hat shop and Lewis Carroll’s photograph of the real Alice Liddell in the window of C. L. Dodgson Photographer. This modern twist is perfect for fans of the Alice books. mjw
Title:  Mrs. White Rabbit
Author: Giles Bachelet
Illustrator
: Giles Bachelet
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for young Readers. Grand Rapids, MI
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Madame le Lapin Blanc
Original Publisher
: Editions du seuil
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5483-4
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Fiction, Fairytale, Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Alice in Wonderland, Characters in literature, Diaries, Fairytales, Folktales Housewives, Humor, Rabbits

Captain Jack And The Pirates

Captain Jack and the PiratesA family day at the beach turns into a make-believe swashbuckling adventure for pre-schoolers Jack, Zack, and Caspar. They build a ship out of sand, chase pirates, become marooned on an island, discover a treasure – delicious desserts, and get captured by friendly pirates (their parents). The artwork is a mix of lively brown-tone sketches and pale watercolor paintings of the chubby-cheeked children. The trip between the car and the beach is documented on the endpapers. Told in rhyme, this delightful story is a perfect read-aloud. mjw
Title: Captain Jack And The Pirates
Author: Peter Bently
Illustrator
: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher
: Dial Books for Young Readers, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Puffin Books, Great Britain
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-0525-429500
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-5
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Devon, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: London, England
Awards
: Illustrator has won two Kate Greenaway medals, Shortlisted for the 2016 CLIP Kate Greenaway Medal
Subjects
: Adventure, Pirates, Sea stories, Stories in rhyme

The Queen Of The Frogs

Once upon a time, there was a pond full of frogs doing froggy things – hopping, catching flies, napping, and playing with dragonflies. One evening, something resembling a crown fell from the sky into the water. A frog found it and put it on her head. The frogs called her queen of the frogs. She no longer needed to catch her own flies and she always got the best of everything. But soon, all the frogs were fed up with having a queen and came up with a clever plan for getting things back to normal around the pond. This story, reminiscent of Aesop’s fables, is illustrated with large colorful paintings. mjw
Title: The Queen Of The Frogs
Author: Davide Cali
Illustrator
: Marco Soma
Publisher
: Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Copyright
: 2017
Translator
: Lyn Miller-Lachman
Original Title
: A rainha das ras nao pode milhar os pes
Original Publisher
: Bruaa Editoria, Portugal
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5481-0
Hardcover pages
: 38
Age range
: 4-9
Genre
: Picture Book, Folktale
Author’s ethnicity
: Italian
Author’s residence
: Italy
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Illustrator’s residence
: Italy
Awards
: 2015 Emanuele Luzzati Prize
Subjects
: Fables, Fairytales, Frogs and toads, Kings, Leadership, Myths. Queens

In A Cloud Of Dust

in-a-cloud-of-dustAnna lives in a Tanzanian village, where she has a long walk to the schoolhouse. She has a hard time doing homework because it is dark when she gets home from school. One day, she misses the visit of the bicycle library truck. In her village, bicycles are expensive and many families cannot afford them. At a bicycle library, a child can sign out a bike just like we sign out books at our libraries. Anna hides her disappointment of not getting a bike by helping her classmates steer and balance their bikes. A friend gives Anna a bicycle when he gets to his house because she has farther to go. Anna then rides home and kicks up her own cloud of dust. Glowing oil painting in golds and oranges spotlight the simple, uplifting story about sharing. An author’s note highlights more information about bicycle libraries and organizations that distribute bikes to Africa and other developing countries. mjw
Title:  In A Cloud Of Dust
Author: Alma Fullerton
Illustrator
: Brian Deines
Publisher
: Pajama Press.  Toronto
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 1-978-1-927485-62-0
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Tanzania
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Ontario
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto
Subjects
: Bicycles, Friendship, Libraries, School children, Tanzania

Story Worlds Nature

9781848574809.jpgEvery picture tells a story. What do you think it is? Observe, inquire and wonder to discover the answers. Throughout this picture book, wordless images tell true stories of nature. The readers get to guess each story while looking at the minimalist animal illustrations showing scenes from around the globe. From puffins, to giraffes, to the simple tree frog, each animal is painted in its natural environment. At the end of the picture book, the story of each picture is explained with a short sentence describing what the animal is doing or experiencing. amo
Title: Story Worlds Nature
Author: Thomas Hegbrook
Illustrator
: Thomas Hegbrook
Publisher
: 360 Degrees; Tiger Tales
Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-944530-01-3
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Around the World
Subjects
: Animals, Nature

The Last Tree

the-last-treeA small boy lives in a concrete city without grass or trees. One day, he and a friend discover a tiny sapling growing behind a wall. He dreams about the tree growing huge and majestic. But the next day, the front page of the newspaper reads “247-Floor Luxury Condo! Construction to start this week.” He and his friend know they have to dig up the sapling and replant it in a safe place to make sure the last tree survives. This powerful environmental message is further conveyed by artwork rendered in charcoal, gravure ink, gouache, pencil, and digitally. mjw
Title: The Last Tree
Author: Ingrid Chabbert
Illustrator
: Guridi
Publisher
: Kids Can Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Le dernier arbre
Original Publisher
: Editions Fri Mousse
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-728-6
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Subjects
: City life, Environment, Trees