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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

Good Night Hockey Fans

A young boy would rather stay up watching the hockey game than go to bed. He’s worried that he won’t be able to go to sleep. As he listens on a radio he keeps under his pillow, he drifts off to sleep. He dreams that he is part of the action and that he scores the winning goal. This delightful bedtime story is illustrated in gouache and edited digitally in blues and greens. mjw
Title: Good Night Hockey Fans
Author: Andrew Larsen
Illustrator
: Jacqui Lee
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-105-5
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Toronto, Canada
Illustrator’s residence
: London, England
Subjects
: Bedtime, Dreams, Hockey, Sleep

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

Can I Build Another Me?

Can I Build Another MeYoung Kevin decides to make a clone of himself to do all the things he really doesn’t want to do, like homework, but it becomes very difficult when he considers what actually makes him. In pondering his individuality, he looks at facts about himself, his likes and dislikes, growing up, what others think about him, what he knows, and much more. He concludes that “thinking about yourself isn’t always easy, but it can be fun.” Quirky line drawings in greens and golds add humor to this philosophical comic-style book. mjw
Title: Can I Build Another Me?
Author: Shinsuke Yoshitake
Illustrator
: Shinsuke Yoshitake
Publisher
: Thames and Hudson Ltd.  London
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Japanese
Original Publisher
: Bronze Publishing, Inc.
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-500-65078-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 8 up
Genre
: Picture book, Graphic novel
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence
: Japan
Subjects
: Cloning, Comics, Identity, Inventions, Robots, Self

Peter Pan

peter-panPeter Pan is a mischievous and free-spirited young boy who can fly and who never grows up. He kidnaps three ordinary children, Wendy Darling and her two brothers, and the adventures begin. They fly to Neverland and interact with the Lost Boys, fairies, pirates, mermaids, Indians, and Captain Hook. Enchanting, delicate paintings bring the classic story to life. mjw
Title: Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie (1860-1937)
Illustrator
: Silke Leffler
Publisher
: NorthSouth Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Title
: Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up
Original Copyright
: 1904
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4259-5
Hardcover pages
: 176
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Fiction, Fantasy
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: Scottish
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Austria
Illustrator’s residence
: Lake Constance at the border of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Subjects
: Fairies, Flying, Neverland, Pirates

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

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

the-boy-in-the-striped-pajamasNine-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin in 1942 to take up residence near a concentration camp, where his father will be commandant. Unhappy and lonely, Bruno disobeys his parents and goes out exploring near his new home. He finds Shmuel, a Jewish boy, behind a barbed-wire fence. They become friends. They do not understand the true nature of the camp. Bruno wants to help Shmuel find his father, who has mysteriously disappeared. He sneaks into the camp, wearing a striped prisoners’’ outfit. The two boys are taken on a march with other inmates. Briuno’s family never sees Bruno again. This tenth anniversary edition of the book, told from Bruno’s point of view, features powerful illustrations. There is also a 2008 award-winning movie adaptation of this international bestseller. mjw
Title: The Boy In The Striped Pajamas
Author: John Boyne
Illustrator
: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher
: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 2006
ISBN
: 978-0-399-55931-0
Hardcover pages
: 352
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Germany
Author’s ethnicity
: Irish
Author’s residence
: Dublin, Ireland
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Irish
Illustrator’s residence
: New York
Subjects
: Auschwitz, Concentration camp, Holocaust, Jews, Nazis, Poland, World War II