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Crescent Moons And Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book Of Shapes

 

This informative shape-concept book captures the vibrant world of Islam. A rectangle is the mosque’s carved wooden door. A cube is the Kaaba where Muslims worship. A square is an orange garden. Many more shapes celebrate the traditions of the narrator’s faith. The short, rhyming text is supplemented by beautiful mixed media illustrations that are influenced by Islamic art. A glossary with pronunciations and an author’s note complete this introduction to the culture and religion. mjw
Title: Crescent Moons And Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book Of Shapes
Author: Hena Khan
Illustrator
: Mehrdokht Amini
Publisher
: Chronicle Books, San Francisco
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1452155410
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-6
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Muslim countries
Author’s ethnicity
: Pakistani-American
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Grew up in Iran
Illustrator’s residence
: Surrey, England
Subjects
: Customs, Geography, Islam, Muslims, Shapes, Stories in rhyme

The Murderer’s Ape

 

This thrilling mystery is narrated by a gorilla named Sally Jones who can read and type on a 1908 Underwood No. 5 typewriter. She is an engineer working for Chief Henry Koskela who is falsely accused of murder. Sally Jones embarks on a whirlwind journey from Lisbon, Portugal, to the Maharaja of Bhapur’s magnificent court in India to clear the chief’s name. This suspenseful adventure is accompanied by detailed black and white drawings. Maps of the voyage appear on the endpapers. mjw
Title: The Murderer’s Ape
Author: Jakob Wegelius
Illustrator
: Jakob Wegelius
Publisher
: Delacorte Press
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Swedish
Translator
: Peter Graves
Original Title
: Mordarens Apa
Original Publisher
: Bonnier Carlsen
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-101-93175-2
Hardcover pages
: 624
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction, Mystery
Book setting
: Portugal, India
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Author’s residence
: Sweden
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Illustrator’s residence
: Sweden
Awards
: 2018 Batchelder Winner, International Youth Library White Raven Selection
Subjects
: Detective stories, Gorilla, Human-animal relationships, Music, Sailing

Indian Tales: A Barefoot Collection

 

Eight traditional tales from all over the Indian Subcontinent are included in this colorful anthology. Each story is taken from a different region in India, from Punjab in the north to Tamil Nadu in the south. A “Welcome to India!” introduces the country and provides a map. Each tale is accompanied by two pages of information about the state – geography, history, food, dance, culture, traditions, and more. Bright, colorful folk style illustrations in gouache present story elements and frame the narratives. mjw
Title: Indian Tales: A Barefoot Collection
Author: Shenaaz Nanji
Illustrator
: Christopher Corr
Publisher
: Barefoot Books, Cambridge, MA
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English 
Original Publisher
: Barefoot Books
Original Copyright
: 2007
ISBN
: 978-1-78285-357-2
Paperback pages
: 96
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Folktales, Fairytales
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: Calgary, Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: London
Subjects
: Anthologies, Gods and goddesses, Myths

Three Balls Of Wool (Can Change The World)

 

Narrated by an eight-year-old child, a family moves from 1960s Fascist Portugal to Communist Czechoslovakia in search of a better future. But the new country is far from ideal. Graphic designs on pale gray paper capture the darkness of the new city. The buildings are gray boxes and everyone wears monotone, orange, green, or gray sweaters knit in the same pattern. The mother unravels the sweaters and mixes the colors and stitches, knitting different bold checks, zigzags, and stripes. A foreword by Amnesty International gives the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Back matter gives the history of Portugal from 1962 to 1974. Maps, as well  as the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights are included.  mjw
Title: Three Balls Of Wool (Can Change The World)
Author: Henriqueta Cristina
Illustrator
: Yaro Kono
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books
Copyright
: 2017
Translator
: Lyn Miller Lachman
Original Title
: Com 3 Novelos (O Mundo Da Muitas Voltas
Original Publisher
: Planeta Tangerina, Portugal
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-220-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Portugal, Czechoslovakia
Author’s ethnicity
: Portuguese
Author’s residence
: Portugal
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Portugal
Subjects
: Europe, Knitting, Needlecrafts, Refugees

Imagine

One little pigeon sets out on a journey to spread the message of peace to other birds of all shapes and sizes. John Lennon’s song is illustrated with brush and ink drawings colored digitally. The book has a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon and an afterword by Amnesty International. All royalties from sales of the book go directly to the charity. mjw
Title: Imagine
Author: John Lennon 1940-1980), with a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon
Illustrator
: Jean Jullien
Publisher
: Clarion Books
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-328-80865-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: London and Los Angeles
Subjects
: Birds, Peace, Pigeons, Song lyrics, Tolerance

A Well-Mannered Young Wolf

a-well-mannered-young-wolfA young wolf, whose parents taught him good manners, goes on his first hunting trip in search of his next meal. He offers his prey their last wishes. As he tries to fulfill each wish, his meals escape. The poor wolf finds himself very hungry. The surprise ending will delight young readers. Cartoon style illustrations in earth tones add visual humor. mjw
Title: A Well-Mannered Young Wolf
Author: Jean Leroy
Illustrator
: Matthieu Maudet
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Un jeune loup bien eduque
Original Publisher
: L’ecole des loisirs
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5479-7
Hardcover pages
: 30
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Chickens, Humor, Manners, Rabbits, Wolves

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