Tag Archives: Environment

Rain

Haiku verses accompany 12 scenes of rain in a variety of natural settings.  Each double-page spread features one haiku and one engaging, detailed illustration, such as mountain goats on hills, puffins flying near a lighthouse, and Japanese girls walking amid falling cherry blossoms. Each scene takes place in a different kind of rain.  The book will inspire readers to write their own haiku. mjw
Title: Rain
Author: Anders Holmer
Illustrator
: Max Klein
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Swedish
Original Title
: Regn
Original Publisher
: Natur and Kultur. Stockholm, Sweden
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-0802855077
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Poetry, Picture Book
Book setting
: Scenes from all over the globe
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Author’s residence
: Sweden
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Illustrator’s residence
: Sweden
Subjects
: Haiku, Poetry, Rain

The Moose Of Ewenki

The Ewenki people live in the forest of Greater Khingan, in northern China, and they live on hunting and raising reindeer. The old hunter Gree Shek hunts a mother moose by mistake. She leaves a young moose.  He feels terrible because Ewenki hunters would never hunt a female moose that was raising a baby.  The motherless baby follows Gree Shek back to the campsite where Gree Shek feeds the hungry moose.  He names it Little Moose. The moose and the man form a bond and go on adventures together.  As Little Moose grows older and bigger, Gree Shek knows he must return the moose to the forest.  Beautifully detailed paintings complement this touching story, which highlights the traditional and vanishing way of life of the Ewenki people. mjw
Title: The Moose Of Ewenki
Author: Gerelchimeg Blackcrane
Illustrator
: Jui Er
Publisher
: Greystone Kids Books
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77164-538-6
Hardcover pages
: 68
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Inner Mongolia
Author’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Author’s residence
: Hulunbuir Grassland in Mongolia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Illustrator’s residence
: Beijing, China
Subjects
: Asia, Caribou, Deer, Global studies, Moose, People and places, Reindeer

A Drop Of The Sea

Ali lives with his great-grandmother at the edge of the desert, not far from a hundred-year-old palm tree.  Ali has grown worried that, in her old age, his great-grandmother is finding it harder to walk. Ali asks if all her dreams have come true.  She replies that she hasn’t seen the sea.  A determined Ali takes his pail and a pack of dates and walks the two days it takes to get to the sea.  He carefully fills his pail and walks the two days back to his great-grandmother.  Gently he offers her the pail.  At the very bottom only a few drops of the sea remain.  The old woman declares that this is one of the most beautiful days of her life.  The artwork in this sweet story was rendered digitally and in gouache and pencil.  A clever touch is the use of paper maps to indicate Ali’s journey. mjw
Title: A Drop Of The Sea
Author: Ingrid Chabbert
Illustrator
: Raul Nieto Guriddi
Publisher
: Kids Can Press. Toronto, Canada
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Un Bout de Mer
Original Publisher
: Editions Frimousse
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-5253-0124-7
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: A Middle East desert
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Subjects
: Bedtime story, Multigenerational, Seas, Sleep

Why The Elephant Has Tiny Eyes

Told in verse, this folktale from the Tai Phake people of India’s northeast tells why the elephant has tiny eyes.  The first elephant (chaang) had large eyes. Along came a wagtail bird that made the elephant laugh so hard that his eyes crinkled small.  An unusually limited palette recreates the region’s landscape. mjw
Title: Why The Elephant Has Tiny Eyes
Author: Pow Aim Hailowng
Illustrator
: Priya Kuriyan
Publisher
: Tulika Publishers.  Chennai, India
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-93-86667-71-7
Paperback pages
: 26
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture book, Folktale
Book setting
: India, Tai Phake people of northeast India
Author’s ethnicity
: Tai Phake Indian
Author’s residence
: India
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: Kochi, India
Subjects
: Birds, Bridges, Elephants, Fables, Myths

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