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The Warli People

The Warli people lived in ancient India around 2500 BCE. They hunted, fished, and harvested salt from the sea. The women were artists who painted scenes of day-to-day activities on the walls of their mud-brick houses. The artwork in the book , in the Warli style, depicts seasons, the forest, animals, trees, food, a festival, and a wedding day. It is interesting that no mythological characters or deities are shown. The Warli people celebrated life’s joyous moments. Back matter includes a note on the people and their artwork, a timeline of events, key terms and concepts, and information on the rise of civilization. mjw
Title: The Warli People
Author: Hye-eun Shin
Illustrator
: Su-bi Jeong
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. Grand Rapids, MI
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Korean
Editor: Joy Cowley
Original Publisher
: Yeowon Media Co. Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5476-6
Paperback pages
: 36
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Picture Book, Information Book
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Korean
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Korean
Subjects
: Agriculture, Community, Harvest, Indic people, Monsoon, Wedding

The Red Apple

The red appleOn a cold winter’s day, Mouse, Rabbit, Fox, and Bear all want to eat a lone red apple hanging from a tree. Working together, they are able to reach the fine ripe apple, but then Fox sneezes and they all tumble into the snow only to discover that the fruit has fallen to the ground. So, they carefully split the big juicy apple into four pieces and eat it for dinner. This tale about problem-solving and cooperation, with its gorgeous, realistic watercolor paintings, will remind readers of Eric Rohmann’s Caldecott Medal-winning My Friend Rabbit (2000).  mjw
Title: The Red Apple
Author: Feridun Oral
Illustrator
: Feridun Oral
Publisher
: Michael Neugebauer Publishing Ltd., Minedition
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Turkish
Original Title
: Kirmizi Elma
Original Publisher
: Yapi Kredl
Original Copyright
: 2008
ISBN
: 978-988-8240-005
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 3-5
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Turkish
Author’s residence
: Turkey
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Turkish
Illustrator’s residence
: Turkey
Awards
: 2008 Best Picture Book of the Year (IBBY Turkey)
Subjects
: Bears, Cooperation, Foxes, Friendships, Mice, Rabbits, Wolves

Plume

Plume is a cat that is lurking on every page of this large-format picture book that introduces readers to all kinds of birds. Sometimes readers only see the cat’s tail or his whiskers. Plume is not trying to hurt the birds. He only wants their feathers for a soft overstuffed pillow. Each page opening shows a bird and its feathers. A peacock, a nuthatch, an eagle, and a kingfisher are only a few of the 18 birds pictured. Wonderfully detailed, digitally created illustrations make this title a fun book. mjw
Title: Plume
Author: Isabelle Simler
Illustrator
: Isabelle Simler
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.  Grand Rapids, MI
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Plume
Original Publisher
: Editions courses et longues. Paris
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5492-6
Hardcover pages
: 42
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Birds, Cats, Feathers

A Dog Wearing Shoes

A Dog wearing shoesMini and her mother find a silly lost dog on their way home one day. Mini is determined to keep him even though he is wearing yellow shoes and probably belongs to someone. When the dog runs off again, Mini realizes that she needs to find his real owner. The whimsical artwork is rendered in pencil and colored digitally with splashes of red and yellow. Information on how to adopt a dog and suggested websites complement the cute, heartwarming story. mjw
Title: A Dog Wearing Shoes
Author: Sangmi Ko
Illustrator
: Sangmi Ko
Publisher
: Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House, New York
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-385-38396-7
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Korean
Author’s residence
: Seoul, South Korea
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Korean
Illustrator’s residence
: Seoul, South Korea
Subjects
: Dogs, Lost and found possessions, Lost articles, Shoes

The Blue Jackal

The Blue JackalLittle Juno, the jackal, was puny, lean, and hungry. The bigger jackals teased him and would not share their food. The big village dogs chased him, too, until he found safety in the dyer’s shed, where he fell into a vat of indigo dye. Juno, now with blue fur, terrified all the other animals, and they declared him their king. He banished the jackals and then had no more hunger or worries until his true identity was discovered. This is a retelling of a story from the Panchatantra, a collection of Indian fables from the 3rd century, BCE. The illustrations were inspired by the traditional white paintings in rice flour on a mud base of the Warli tribe of western India. An informative historical note is included. mjw
Title: The Blue Jackal
Author: Shobha Viswanath
Illustrator
: Dileep Joshi
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books.  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Karadi Tales Company.  Chennai
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5466-7
Hardcover pages
: 34
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: India
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: India
Subjects
: Fables, Folklore, Folk tales, Legends, Myths, Stories in rhyme

How The Squirrel Got His Stripes

Long ago, King Rama was expelled from his father’s kingdom and sent to the forest with his faithful wife, princess Sita, and his loyal brother, Laxmanan. They lived there happily until King Ravana of Lanka tricked Sita. Rama then waged war on Ravana and set off to battle. They traveled until they came to a vast sea. Men and animals worked to complete a bridge. They clever black squirrels helped by covering themselves and their bushy tails with sand and dirt that they shook over the cracks in the bridge to fill the cracks. When the bridge was complete, Rama thanked the squirrels. As he stroked their dusty backs, their black fur beneath the dust was revealed and that is how the squirrels got their stripes. This tale is referred to in the Ramayana of India. The story emphasizes the dignity of labor and that even the smallest contribution is important in some way. The small-format book is enhanced by colorful folk-art illustrations inspired by miniature paintings of medieval Europe. mjw
Title: How The Squirrel Got His Stripes
Author: Sam Perera
Illustrator
: Alex Stewart
Publisher
: Popsicle Books, an imprint of Perera Hussein Publishing House, Sri Lanka
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-955-0041-08-4
Paperback pages
: 28
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book, Folktale
Book setting
: Sri Lanka and India
Illustrator’s residence
:  U.K. and Sri Lanka
Subjects
: Bridges, Folktales, Ramayana, Squirrels, Monkeys

Leaf

A polar bear arrived unexpectedly in the forest. He was unlike anything the animals had seen before. He collected leaves everyday. The animals were afraid of him, and they called him Leaf, not only after his habit, but because they wanted him to leave. One day Leaf burst through the forest covered in beautiful leaves. A meeting was called to decide what to do about him, but nothing was decided. Finally they let Leaf speak and they listened as he told them that he only wanted to go back home to his family. The crows then determined that they would fly him home. The gorgeous watercolor and pencil illustrations in blues, teal, gray, and black with brightly colored leaves tell of the plight of polar bears in today’s climate change. mjw
Title: Leaf
Author: Sandra Dieckman
Illustrator
: Sandra Dieckman
Publisher
: Flying Eye Books
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English : 
ISBN
: 978-1-911171-31-7
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-5
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: U.K.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: U.K.
Subjects
: Bears, Climate change, Fear, Helping behavior, Loneliness, Polar bears