Tag Archives: Adventure

Peter Pan

peter-panPeter Pan is a mischievous and free-spirited young boy who can fly and who never grows up. He kidnaps three ordinary children, Wendy Darling and her two brothers, and the adventures begin. They fly to Neverland and interact with the Lost Boys, fairies, pirates, mermaids, Indians, and Captain Hook. Enchanting, delicate paintings bring the classic story to life. mjw
Title: Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie (1860-1937)
Illustrator
: Silke Leffler
Publisher
: NorthSouth Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Title
: Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up
Original Copyright
: 1904
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4259-5
Hardcover pages
: 176
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Fiction, Fantasy
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: Scottish
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Austria
Illustrator’s residence
: Lake Constance at the border of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Subjects
: Fairies, Flying, Neverland, Pirates

Father’s Road

Wong Chung joins his father’s caravan on a journey on the Silk Road from China to Constantinople. The trip is full of dangers – rough terrain and weather and bandits. He learns to ration water, care for the camels, and endure a sandstorm. He even takes care of the bandit leader’s son. Sand colored illustrations vividly depict travel on the Silk Road. Included are a map of the long desert road, information about the Silk Road and global trade, a timeline, and a list of key terms and concepts. The book is part of the Tradewinds series that presents historical information in a fun, accessible way. mjw
Title: Father’s Road
Author: Ji-yun Jang
Illustrator
: Tan Jun
Publisher
: Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers.  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Korean
Editor
: Joy Cowley
Original Publisher
: Yeomon Media Co. Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5472-8
Paperback pages
: 36
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Picture Book, Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Asia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Subjects
: Asia, China, Commerce, Fathers and sons, Silk Road, Travel

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

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 Pearl Thief

This pre-war, prequel to Elizabeth Wein’s award- winning Code Name Verity tells the story of fifteen-year-old Julie before she becomes Verity. After her grandfather dies, leaving the family in debt, they are forced to sell the estate. Julie returns home to the estate for a last visit, finds herself with a bump on her head, and a mystery to solve. There is a fascinating cast of characters, including two young Scottish Travellers whose family has been camping on her grandfather’s land. This multi-layered coming of age story does stand alone, though it would be valuable for fans of Verity. A map and an author’s note are included. mjw
Title: The Pearl Thief
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher
: Disney Hyperion
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English 
ISBN
: 978-1484717165
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: Scotland
Author’s residence
: Scotland
Subjects
: Investigations, Missing persons, Murder, Mystery, Nomadic people, Prejudices, Scottish Travellers, Scotland – history

Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali

514G9baAZcL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_In this action-packed retelling of Ramayana, a great Indian epic, readers will delight over the triumphs and perils of Prince Rama and Princess Sita. In this culturally accurate Hindu tale, the Prince and Princess battle Ravana, The Demon King of Lanka, with the help of Jatayu, King of the Birds, and Hanuman, the monkey God of the Wind. The bright illustrations show Indian style through intricate details and a vivid palette. At the end of the book there is an author’s note describing the significance of the story in relationship to the Hindu festival of light, Diwali. amo
Title: Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali
Author: Jatinder Verma
Illustrator
: Nilesh Mistry
Publisher
: Barefoot Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English 
Original Copyright
: 2002
ISBN
: 978-1-78285-307-7
Paperback pages
: 56
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Religious Epic
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: London, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Diwali, Gods, Hinduism, Light, Monkeys, Ravana, Vishnu,

How To Be Famous


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Everyone takes a trip to the zoo to see the exotic pigeons- right? At least that is what this boastful main character believes. The confident pigeon comes from generations of fame from his grandpa the sculptor to his mother the gardener. And he, the family model, is the most famous of them all. For, every time he takes a trip to the zoo, onlookers want pictures and autographs, they even show their appreciation by bowing and showering him with food. This grandiose life can not be beat, even by the King of the the Jungle… js


Title: How To Be Famous
Author: Michal Shalev
Illustrator
: Michal Shalev
Publisher
: Gecko Press. Wellington, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 9-781776-570300
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Israeli
Author’s residence
: Israel
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Israeli
Illustrator’s residence
: Israel
Subjects
: Fame, Pigeon, Vanity, Zoos