Tag Archives: Environment

Mina Vs. The Monsoon

Mina, a young girl living in India, really wants to go outdoors to play soccer, but it’s monsoon season and she has to stay in.  Her mother prepares to celebrate the monsoon by making chai and samosas.  Mina plays her tabla (drum) to cheer herself up.  The doodh wallah (milkman) explains how important rain is for the rice paddies, but Mina is still sad.  When her mother asks her to get thread for stringing flower garlands, Mina discovers her mother’s soccer jersey. As her mother explains that she used to play soccer, the dark clouds disappear and they head outside together.  The bold, bright illustrations accompany the energetic text.  The book concludes with a glossary of Urdu and Hindi words and a note to parents and educators. mjw
Title: Mina Vs. The Monsoon
Author: Rukhsanna Guidrozz
Illustrator
: Debasmita Dasgupta
Publisher
: Yali Books, New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-949528-98-5
Hardcover pages
: 38
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Bijar and Jharkhand, India
Author’s ethnicity
: Persian-Indian-Chinese
Author’s residence
: Hawaii
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: Singapore
Subjects
: Drums, Girls and women, Monsoons, Peacocks, Soccer

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

Cherokee people say otsaliheliga to express gratitude. Journey through the seasons with a Cherokee family as cool breezes blow and colored leaves fall during uligohvsdi– fall.  As bears sleep deep and snow blankets the ground in gola– winter, the elders share stories and savor buttery bean bread and steamy hominy soup.  In spring – gogeyi, they say otsaliheliga while men sing asking for rain’s protection of the emerging sprouts that women tend.  And as the crops mature, they celebrate the first harvest at the Green Corn Ceremony in gogi – summer.  Every day, every season, they are grateful. Cherokee words are smoothly integrated into the text, which is illustrated with bright gouache paintings. Definitions, an author’s note, and the Cherokee syllabary are included. mjw
Title: We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
Author: Traci Sorell
Illustrator
: Frane Lessac
Publisher
: Charlesbridge. Watertown, MA
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English, Cherokee
Translator: Mr. Feeling
ISBN
: 978-1580897723
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: U.S.
Author’s ethnicity
: Cherokee
Author’s residence
: Kansas City
Illustrator’s residence
: Monsterrat, London, Australia
Awards:  2019 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor
Subjects
: Cherokee Indians, Cherokee language, Multicultural, Native Americans, Religion Seasons

Outside In

Twelve-year-old Ram, who lives on the streets of Chandigarh in northern India, discovers a hidden garden full of sculptures.  He follows a man on a bicycle who seems to be collecting rocks and cast off materials. The man, Nek Chand, uses scraps of metal, bike tires, broken glass and dishes, old rags – junk according to Ram – to create a secret world of thousands of odd statues.  Ram and Nek become friends and learn how the story of the Ramayana parallels their story.  This heartwarming book was inspired by the true story of the famous Indian artist who was displaced from his home after Partition and illegally built an entire village in Chandigarh.  Today, Nek Chand’s Rock Garden is the second most visited site in India, after the Taj Mahal.  A glossary of Indian terms and an author’s note are included.  mjw
Title: Outside In
Author: Jennifer Bradbury
Publisher
: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.  New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4424-6827-6
Hardcover pages
: 288
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Chandigarh, India
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: U.S., taught in Chandigarh
Awards: 2018 South Asia Book Award
Subjects
: Architecture, Asian, Chandigarh, Fables, Hindu, Homelessness, Legends, Myths, Nek Chand, Orphans, Poverty, Ramayana, Rock gardens, Sculptors

Peace And Me

This beautiful, digitally illustrated book is a child-friendly exploration of what peace means. Featured are Jean Henry Dumont, Fridtjof Nansen, Jane Addams, John Boyd Orr, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Nelson Mandela, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, and Malala Yousafzai.  Brief biographies describe the invaluable work of these caring people from around the world.  A timeline and a world map are included. mjw
Title: Peace And Me
Author: Ali Winter
Illustrator
: Mickael El Fathi
Publisher
: Lantana Publishing Ltd. U.K.
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-911373-28-5
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 7-11
Genre
: Picture Book, Nonfiction, Information Book, Biography
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: U.K.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French-Moroccan
Illustrator’s residence:
France
Subjects
: Awards, Biography, Diversity, History, Nobel Prize winners, Pacifists

The Curiosity Cabinet

Ian Wallace’s wordless tribute to Canada on her 150thbirthday includes graphite illustrations of treasures from his forty years of traveling the country.  He has made thousands of school and library visits inspiring young readers to become artists and he has received many gifts from the students.  His cabinet of curiosities includes these gifts and other discoveries he has made. Each illustration is devoted to a province or territory – tamarack geese made by Cree artists in Ontario, a snow globe illuminating the moment he stood on the Arctic Circle, the English heraldic lion from Prince Edward Island, and much more.  A table of contents and an introduction set the stage and detailed illustrator’s notes provide much information. mjw
Title: The Curiosity Cabinet
Author: Ian Wallace
Illustrator
: Ian Wallace
Publisher
: Groundwood Books.  House of Anansi Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-922-5
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Brookline, MA
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brookline, MA
Subjects
: Biography, Mystery and wonders, Pictorial works, Travel

Snowboy And The Last Tree Standing

 

Snowboy and his Ice Troopers are busy saving the Polar Bear King when Greenbackboy comes up with a better game called KA-CHING – a game that will make them rich. They need to cut down all the trees in the forest, catch all the fish in the ocean, and trade it all in for piles of shiny KA-CHING. But Snowboy realizes the importance of keeping at least one tree and two fish and he is brave enough to stand up for what he feels is right. Whimsical artwork done in pencil and colored digitally helps deliver a clear environmental message in this Lorax-like cautionary tale. mjw
Title: Snowboy And The Last Tree Standing
Author: Hiawyn Oram
Illustrator
: Birgitta Sif
Publisher
: Candlewick Press. Somerville, Massachusetts
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-9572-9
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English, born in South Africa
Author’s residence
: London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Reykjavik
Illustrator’s residence
: Sweden
Subjects
: Conservation, Environment, Greed, Natural resources

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, A Changing India And A Hidden World Of Art

Nek Chand was born in the village of Berian Kalan in the Punjab region near the Himalayas.  He grew up listening to stories and building a small world of his own out of sticks, clay, and rocks.  In 1947, with the Partition of India, the Punjab was divided into India and Pakistan.  His Hindu family no longer belonged where they lived and they resettled in Chandigarh, a modern city in India.  Nek found a job as a government roads inspector, but never felt like he belonged.  He found an abandoned forestland and, using natural materials, started building a secret kingdom.  He worked for sixteen years creating this secret garden of art from his imagination.  The gouache and watercolor illustrations are very detailed and there is a foldout of photos of the actual garden and sculptures.  An author’s note gives more background information about Chand’s life and the Nek Chand Foundation.  The book concludes with an extensive bibliography.  mjw
Title: The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, A Changing India, And A Hidden World Of Art
Author: Barb Rosenstock
Illustrator
: Claire A.Nivola
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-7475-5
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Picture Book, Biography
Book setting
: Chandigarh, India
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
Subjects
: Asia, Biography, Green living, Imagination, Mosaics, Partition, Recycling, Rock garden, Sculptures, Storytelling, Visual arts