Tag Archives: Families

Leila In Saffron

Leila is a Pakistani-American girl visiting her naani (her maternal grandmother) for dinner.  She has low self-esteem until her naani tells her that the saffron color of her scarf suits her. Leila describes her evening using all of her senses and sees herself as a beautiful girl with a unique identity.  Detailed, colorful gouache illustrations show the colors of lentils, pomegranates, cucumbers, and saffron.  A glossary of Arabic and Hindi words is included. mjw
Title: Leila In Saffron
Author: Rukhsanna Guidroz
Illustrator
: Dinara Mirtalipova
Publisher
: Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-534425644
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Persian-Indian and Chinese
Author’s residence
: Hawaii, U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Illustrator’s residence
: Ohio, U.S.
Subjects
: Family origins, Identity, Multigenerational, Muslim fiction, Pakistani-Americans, Self acceptance, Self-discovery

Lubna And Pebble

Lubna lives with her father and brothers in a world of tents.  Her best friend is a shiny, smooth, gray pebble.  She draws a happy face on it and keeps it warm wrapped in a tea towel in a shoebox.  She tells the pebble about home, the war, and that she loves it.  Soon, a little boy arrives.  At first, he has no words.  He coughs, sneezes, smiles, and says his name is Amir.  Lubna and Amir become friends.  One day, Lubna’s daddy announces that they are leaving because they have found a home.  Lubna feels happy, then sad.  Amir cries. Lubna gives Amir her pebble.  He needs it more than she does.  Larger-than-life, stunning illustrations complement this powerful story. mjw
Title: Lubna And Pebble
Author: Wendy Meddour
Illustrator
: Daniel Egneus
Publisher
: Dial Books for Young Readers. New York
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-052-5554-165
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Middle East
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Illustrator’s residence
: Athens, Greece 
Subjects
: Refugees

Girl Under A Red Moon: Growing Up During China’s Cultural Revolution

This powerful book is the story of Sisi and her younger brother Da whose lives are turned upside down under the rules and regulations of the Chinese Communist takeover.  Sisi had been a model student and was expected to be appointed to the Red Guard, but she was overlooked because her grandfather had been a landowner.  She and Da run away to another school where they have to work.  They find a place in their new school until their principal is also subjected to the cultural retraining.  This beautifully written story covers the struggles and social injustices during a difficult time in Chinese history. mjw
Title: Girl Under A Red Moon: Growing Up During China’s Cultural Revolution
Author: Da Chen
Publisher
: Scholastic Focus, and imprint of Scholastic, Inc.
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-3382-6386-2
Hardcover pages
: 208
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction (Autobiographical)
Book setting
: China
Author’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Author’s residence
: California, U.S.
Subjects
: Brithers and sisters, Communism, Cultural Revolution, Families, Political persecution, Siblings

The Eleventh Hour

Jules and Jim are childhood friends who were born on the same day in the same town in Canada.  Jim is always a little faster and a little stronger.  In 1914, when a war begins in Europe, Canada is at war with Germany.  Jules and Jim understand that their country needs them. So they enlist in the army and sail to Europe.  On the Front, conditions are muddy and barbaric.  Jules is always lagging two minutes behind Jim.  Jim gets a medal, while Jules gets stuck doing chores.  On November 11, 1918, at 11 o’ clock the fighting is supposed to stop.  But on the battlefields, not everyone gets the message.  Jules gets shot at 10:58, two minutes before the war ends.  He is the very last Canadian soldier to die in World War I.  Illustrated in a cartoon style and inspired by true events, this picture book is a thought-provoking parable. mjw
Title: The Eleventh Hour
Author: Jacques Goldstyn
Illustrator
: Jacques Goldstyn
Publisher
: Owlkids Books. Toronto
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Anne Louise Mahoney
Original Title
: Jules et Jim: freres d’armes
Original Publisher
: Bayard Canada Livres, Inc. Montreal
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-77147-348-4
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Picture Book, Historical fiction
Book setting
: Canada, Germany
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Montreal
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Subjects
: Armistice, Canadian history, Military fiction, World War I

Milky Way

In the remote mountains of Ladakh in India, Tashi is worried about his friend the roly-poly moon.  The moon always gives him “a special smile-eyes closed and no teeth showing,” But every night, the moon gets smaller and smaller until it eventually disappears.  Tashi thinks this is because the moon doesn’t get enough milk to drink.  So Tashi leaves a tall glass of milk on the window sill every night for the moon, and little by little the moon gets its full round shape back with its special smile.  Tashi’s grandma explains the phases of the moon.  Bold, colorful illustrations enhance the fun story.  A glossary of Ladakhi words and a note about Ladakh is included.  A lesson plan can be downloaded from the Yali Books website. mjw
Title: Milky Way
Author: Mamta Nainy
Illustrator
: Siddhartha Tripathi
Publisher
: Yali Books.  New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-9890615-6-8
Hardcover pages
: 44
Age range
: 4-6
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Ladakh, India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: New Delhi
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: Ahmedabad
Subjects: Buddhism, Culture, Himalayas, Moon, Tibet

The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Patrick has always wanted a dog and when his mother suggests getting one while they are vacationing at his grandfather’s, he is thrilled.  Oz the dog had been abused by his former owners and consequently lost his bark.  Patrick helps Oz to heal through the power of music.  Being rescued by his new forever family gives Patrick and Oz the chance to form a special bond and learn what true love is.  The realistic pencil drawings capture both human and dog emotions beautifully. mjw
Title: The Dod Who Lost His Bark
Author: Eoin Colfer
Illustrator
: P. J. Lynch
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0442-1
Hardcover pages
: 144
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: Irish
Author’s residence
: Dublin, Ireland
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Irish
Illustrator’s residence
: Dublin. Ireland
Awards
: Both author and illustrator are former Irish Children’s Laureates
Subjects
: Animal abuse, Children of separated parents,Dogs, Grandfathers, Human-animal relationships, Music, Pets, Rescue dogs, Violins

Birdsong

In spring, Katherena and her mother pack up their belongings and move from their home in the city by the sea.  Their new home sits on a hill overlooking a field and another home.  An older woman named Agnes lives in that home.  In summer, Katherena visits Agnes, whose yard is filled with berries, flowers, and birds.  In fall, Katherena visits Agnes again and again and they talk about the moon and the seasons.  In winter, it’s harder for Agnes to get around and Katherena draws pictures.  In the next spring, Agnes has grown weaker and Katherena decorates Agnes’s room with all of her drawings.  The textured illustrations in this book were rendered in TBC.  They warmly depict the story of a young girl and an elderly woman who share their love of nature and art.  A glossary explains Cree words that are integrated into the text. mjw
Title: Birdsong
Author: Julie Flett
Illustrator
: Julie Flett
Publisher
: Greystone Books Ltd.
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77164-473-0
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 3-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Cree-Metis
Author’s residence
: Vancouver, Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Cree-Metis
Illustrator’s residence
: Vancouver, Canada
Subjects
: Emotions, Indigenous, Intergenerational friendship, Nature, Seasons