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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

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

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

What Elephants Know

Young Nandu was abandoned in the Nepalese Borderlands and raised by a pack of dhole, Asiatic wild dogs, much like Mowgli in The Jungle Book, until he was brought to the king’s elephant stable. There, Subba-sahib, the stable head, and Devi Kali, a protective female elephant become his new “parents.” Nandu wants to be a mahout, an elephant driver. He goes to boarding school where his teacher, Father Autry, becomes his mentor. When the elephant stable is to be closed, Nandu works to save it. This beautiful coming-of-age story includes rich detail about the culture of Nepal and a wealth of knowledge about the natural world. A glossary helps with the Nepalese words and common elephant commands. Maps adorn the endpapers. The book “dedicated to elephant lovers everywhere” was written by a world-class scientist specializing in the ecology of the Himalayan region. mjw
Title: What Elephants Know
Author: Eric Dinerstein
Publisher
: Disney Hyperion
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1484728543
Hardcover pages
: 288
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Nepal
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: 2017 South Asia Book Award
Subjects
: Elephants, India, Jungles, Nepal history 20th century, Orphans

Story Worlds Nature

9781848574809.jpgEvery picture tells a story. What do you think it is? Observe, inquire and wonder to discover the answers. Throughout this picture book, wordless images tell true stories of nature. The readers get to guess each story while looking at the minimalist animal illustrations showing scenes from around the globe. From puffins, to giraffes, to the simple tree frog, each animal is painted in its natural environment. At the end of the picture book, the story of each picture is explained with a short sentence describing what the animal is doing or experiencing. amo
Title: Story Worlds Nature
Author: Thomas Hegbrook
Illustrator
: Thomas Hegbrook
Publisher
: 360 Degrees; Tiger Tales
Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-944530-01-3
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Around the World
Subjects
: Animals, Nature

The Last Tree

the-last-treeA small boy lives in a concrete city without grass or trees. One day, he and a friend discover a tiny sapling growing behind a wall. He dreams about the tree growing huge and majestic. But the next day, the front page of the newspaper reads “247-Floor Luxury Condo! Construction to start this week.” He and his friend know they have to dig up the sapling and replant it in a safe place to make sure the last tree survives. This powerful environmental message is further conveyed by artwork rendered in charcoal, gravure ink, gouache, pencil, and digitally. mjw
Title: The Last Tree
Author: Ingrid Chabbert
Illustrator
: Guridi
Publisher
: Kids Can Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Le dernier arbre
Original Publisher
: Editions Fri Mousse
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-728-6
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Subjects
: City life, Environment, Trees

Ada’s Violin: The Story Of The Recycled Orchestra Of Paraguay

Adas ViolinEleven-year-old Ada Rios lives with her family in a landfill in Cateura in Paraguay’s capital city of Asuncion. It is one of the poorest slums in all of South America. Favio Chavez, an environmental engineer sent to Cateura to teach safety practices to the gancheros (recyclers) working in the dangerous heaps of trash, worried about the children and decided to offer them music lessons. Since they could not afford instruments, they created cellos, flutes, guitars, violins, and more out of garbage. In time, Chavez’s music class became the Recycled Orchestra. Now, the orchestra plays around the world, spreading their message of hope and inspiration. They even opened for a Metallica concert. This true story is illustrated with mixed media collages. Spanish words are smoothly integrated into the text. An author’s note; websites, videos, and sources; and a photo of string instruments made from oil drums, paint cans, and pieces of wooden crates are included. The book is also available in a Spanish edition, El Violin de Ada: La historia de la Orquesta de Intrumentos Reciciados del Paraguaymjw
Title: Ada’s Violin: The Story Of The Recycled Orchestra Of Paraguay
Author: Susan Hood
Illustrator
: Sally Wern Comport
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4814-3096-8
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Paraguay
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: Connecticut, U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: Maryland, U.S.
Subjects
: Classical music, instruments, Music, Musicians, orchestra, Recycling, Spanish