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Mangoes, Mischief, And Tales Of Friendship: Stories From India

This book includes eight original trickster tales inspired by traditional Indian folktales. Ten-year-old Prince Veera and his best friend, Suku, are given the opportunity to preside over King Bheema’s court.  They have to deal with a greedy merchant who charges people for enjoying the smells of his sweets. They also have to settle a dispute between a man and his neighbor to whom he sells a well – but not the water in it. Veera and Suku manage to outsmart the King’s trickiest subjects and how to be wise and just. The clever, black and white illustrations are done in acrylic, poster color, and watercolor. mjw
Title: Mangoes, Mischief, And Tales Of Friendship: Stories From India
Author: Chitra Soundar
Illustrator
: Uma Krishnaswamy
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
Original Title:  A Dollop Of Ghee And A Pot Of Wisdom
and A Jar Of Pickles And A Pinch Of Justice
Original Copyright
: 2010 and 2016 in the U.K.
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0067-6
Hardcover pages
: 192
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Fiction, Folktales, Short stories
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: Chennai, London 
Subjects
: Asia, Bravery, Folktales, Justice, Myths, Royalty, Short stories, Trickster tales

Toshi’s Little Treasures

toshis-little-treasuresIn this search-and–find information book, young Toshi and his grandmother explore six of their favorite places – the riverbank, the city, the forest, the country, the park, and the beach. Toshi finds treasures to add to his growing collection in his new backpack. He finds a pussy willow branch, a dog whistle, a partridge feather, a glittery rock, a coin, and much more. Each scene is featured in a double-page spread, followed by matching activity pages where readers can identify Toshi’s treasures and match them to related items. Answers at the back of the book give additional interesting facts. The animals they find are also presented. Charming, delicate watercolor art adds to the fun. mjw
Title: Toshi’s Little Treasures
Author: Nadine Robert
Illustrator
: Aki
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Yvette Ghione
Original Title
: Le grand livre des petits trésors
Original Publisher
: Comme des Geants, Inc.
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-573-2
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book, Information Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Montreal, Quebec
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris, France
Subjects
: Grandmothers, Habitats, Nature, Natural history

Snow

Walter de la Mare’s gentle poem has illustrations of a family preparing for Christmas, done in screen prints with a limited, muted palette.  The family decorates their home, goes to bed, and waits for Santa Claus to arrive.  The children wake up to presents, going sledding, and making a snowman.  The text is perfect for the illustrations.  The book makes a beautiful winter bedtime story. mjw
Title: Snow
Author: Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
Illustrator
: Carolina Rabei
Publisher
: Faber & Faber
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury House. London
Original Copyright
: 2014.  The poem “Snow” was first published in Peacock and Pie in 1924
ISBN
: 978-0-571-31219-1
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5 up
Genre
: Poetry
Author’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Moldova
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Christmas, Santa Claus, Snow, Weather

The Truly Brave Princesses

Princess Anita is a physician who loves running in the rain and drinking hot chocolate. Eleven-year-old Princess Rita, who has braces, wants to be an actress when she grows up.  Princess Beatrix is a single mom and a hairdresser.  Eighteen diverse princesses are introduced in this catalog of interesting princesses.  Many do not fit with the traditional conception of a princess. Imaginative illustrations perfectly match each princess and invite readers to dream about females who might be princesses even though they may not be wearing crowns.  mjw
Title: The Truly Brave Princesses
Author: Dolores Brown
Illustrator
: Sonja Wimmer
Publisher
: Nube Ocho
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Spanish
ISBN
: 978-84-17123-38-3
Hardcover pages
: 44
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: born in Germany
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Subjects
: Diversity, Equality, Feminism, Occupations, Self esteem and self respect, Values, Women’s rights

A Dog Named Haku: A Holiday Story From Nepal

In Kathmandu, Nepal, courageous dogs are honored on Divali, the Hindu holiday called the Festival of Lights.  Brothers Alu and Bhalu have been searching in the earthquake ruins for a stray dog, a kukur, to celebrate. They finally spot a small black dog, who is in need of a home.  The illustrations that were created with a combination of hand drawing and digital imagery add to the simple text.  A glossary of Nepali words, a list of sources to learn more about Nepal, and another list of suggested activities are included.  mjw
Title: A Dog Named Haku: A Holiday Story From Nepal
Author: Margarita Engel with Amish Karanjit and Nicole Karanjit
Illustrator
: Ruth Jeyaveeran
Publisher
: Millbrook Press. Minneapolis
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1512432053
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Kathmandu, Nepal
Author’s ethnicity
: Engel – Cuban, Karanjit – born in Nepal
Author’s residence: San Francisco, CA
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Zambia, Africa to Indian parents
Illustrator’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: Engel is the 2018  United States Young Peoples Poet Laureate
Subjects
: Brothers Divali. Dogs, Holidays. Nepal

Astrid The Unstoppable

Nicknamed “the little thunderbolt,” ten-year-old Astrid likes to spend her days skiing, sledding, singing, and drinking hot chocolate with her grumpy best friend and godfather, Gunnvald.  She is the only child living in the village of Glimmerdal and she wishes there were other children in the town.  When two children unexpectedly show up, and then another strange woman appears, Astrid’s life suddenly gets very exciting.  This hilarious book will charm fans of Pippi Longstocking and Heidi. A map of Glimmerdal sets the scene. mjw
Title: Astrid The Unstoppable
Author: Maria Parr
Illustrator
: Katie Harnett
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Norwegian
Translator
: Guy Puzey
Original Title
: Tonje Glimmerdal
Original Publisher
: Det Norske Samlaget. Oslo
Original Copyright
: 2009
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0017-1
Hardcover pages
: 320
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Norway
Author’s ethnicity
: Norwegian
Author’s residence
: Norway
Translator’s ethnicity
: Grew up in Scotland
Translator’s residence
: Scotland
Subjects
: Girls, Humor, Norway, Rural children, Songs

Swan Lake: A Retelling Of The Classic Ballet By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The ballet, Swan Lake, the tragic love story of Odette, a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer, is reimagined in beautiful black, white, and red charcoal illustrations in this over-sized picture book version of the classic tale.  The story is briefly summarized at the beginning of each of the three acts. It is a story of first love, good and evil, and betrayal and loss. mjw
Title: Swan Lake: A Retelling Of The Classic Ballet By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Author: Anne Spudvilas
Illustrator
: Anne Spudvilas
Publisher
: Allen and Unwin Book Publishers.  Sydney, Australia
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-74331-845-4
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 10-14
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Murry-Darling riverscape in Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Wentworth, Australia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Australian
Illustrator’s residence
: Wentworth, Australia
Subjects
: Ballets, Birds, Dance, Fairytales, Love, Magic