Tag Archives: Families

Fishing With Grandma

fishing with grandmaGrandma and her two grandchildren go out on the lake for a fishing trip. She teaches them everything they need to know for a day of jigging in the ice for fish. They learn what to wear, what tools are needed, and how to use them. At the end of the day, they have caught enough Arctic char for a delicious dinner. Illustrations show Inuit fishing tools and a glossary with pronunciations explains Inuit terms. mjw
Title: Fishing With Grandma
Author: Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula
Illustrator
: Charlene Chua
Publisher
: Inhabit Media Inc.  Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77227-084-6
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Nunavut
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto
Subjects
: Canada, Grandchildren, Grandmothers, Ice fishing, Multigenerational, Polar regions

The Breadwinner

 

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Her father is a history teacher.  He is arrested by the Taliban for having a foreign education and put in prison. This leaves the family without anyone who can earn money and buy food, since according to Taliban rules, women cannot go out on their own.  Parvana cuts her hair and wears boys’ clothes so that she can become the family’s breadwinner.  This is the fifteenth anniversary edition of the four-volume story. It includes a new forward by the author, a new map, and a glossary.  There is also an animated, award-winning movie and a graphic novel based on this inspiring novel. mjw
Title: The Breadwinner
Author: Deborah Ellis
Publisher
: Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Groundwood Books
Original Copyright
: 2000
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-767-8
Paperback pages
: 176
Age range
: 10-14
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Afghanistan
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Ontario
Awards: Middle East Book Award
Subjects
: Afghanistan, Girls and women, Taliban. Refugees

The Pruwahaha Monster

the-pruwahaha-monsterA five-year-old boy goes with his father to swing on a swing near a farmhouse. The little boy does not know that a huge monster that likes to eat children lurks near the farmhouse. When the monster wakes up, spies the little boy on the swing, and roars “prruwwwahhahahaha,” the little boy just laughs. Two-color playful illustrations with clues never really reveal who the “monster” is. Rhythmic language and monster sounds will delight young readers. mjw
Title: The Pruwahaha Monster
Author: Jean-Paul Mulders
Illustrator
: Jacques Maes and Lise Braekers
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Dutch
Translator
: English version edited by Yvette Ghione
Original Title
: Het prullala monster
Original Publisher
: Abimo Uitgeverij, Belgium
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-566-4
Hardcover pages
: 26
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Flemish
Author’s residence
: Belgium
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Flemish
Illustrator’s residence
: Belgium
Subjects
: Fathers and sons, Monsters, Mystery, Seasons

Amal Unbound

 

Twelve-year-old Amal lives in a poor Pakistani village and dreams of being a teacher. As the eldest daughter, she has to stay home from school to take care of her younger sisters while her mother is bedridden. After an accidental run-in with the son of the corrupt village landlord, she is taken from her home to the opulent Khan estate where she becomes an indentured servant. Her chances of returning home are slim as she learns just how powerful the Khan family is. Amal’s bravery and resilience help her to persevere. mjw
Title: Amal Unbound
Author: Aisha Saeed
Publisher
: Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0399544682
Hardcover pages
: 240
Age range
: 10 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Pakistan
Author’s ethnicity
: Pakistani-American
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Subjects
: Courage, Family life, Indentured servants, Middle East

Escape From Aleppo

 

Fourteen-year-old Nadia is accidentally separated from her family while fleeing from war-torn Syria in 2013. She meets an elderly man who agrees to help her. She eventually makes it to Turkey. Inspired by current events this coming-of-age novel deals with the horrors of the war. In the first part of the book, Nadia flashes back to more pleasant times of her life. Senzai does a wonderful job of describing Aleppo before and during the war. This is an informative and exciting story. mjw
Title: Escape From Aleppo
Author: N.H. Senzai
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4814-7217-3
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Syria
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: U.S. 
Subjects
: Arab Spring, Middle East, Refugees, Secrecy, Syria-Civil War 2011, Wars

A Different Pond

 

This quiet story is about a young Vietnamese boy and his father who go fishing early in the morning in Minneapolis so that the family can have food to eat. They don’t fish for recreation. They bond as the father tells the boy about fishing in his homeland of Vietnam, as well as a bit about the war where he was a soldier. Beautifully illustrated in vividly colored, graphic novel panels, the book conveys a powerful message. Notes from both the poet-author and the illustrator are included. mjw
Title: A Different Pond
Author: Bao Phi
Illustrator
: Thi Bui
Publisher
: Capstone Young Readers. North Mankato, Minnesota
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1479597468
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-8
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Minneapolis
Author’s ethnicity
: Vietnamese
Author’s residence
: Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Vietnamese
Illustrator’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: 2018 Caldecott Honor
Subjects
: Asian Americans, Fathers and sons, Fishing, Emigrants and immigrants, Poverty, Vietnam

The Night Diary

 

It’s 1947, and India, newly independent from British rule, has been divided into two countries: Pakistan and India. Twelve-year-old Nisha, who is half Muslim and half Hindu, doesn’t know where she belongs. Her Muslim mother died when Nisha was a baby. Her Hindu father decides it is too dangerous to stay in what has become Pakistan. Nisha and her family become refugees. They travel by train and foot to reach their new home. Nisha is finally able to meet her mother’s brother and find where she really belongs. Nisha’s story is told through diary entries she writes nightly to her mother. Included in the back is a helpful glossary. The author uses her own father’s story as a basis for this compelling historical novel. mjw
Title: The Night Diary
Author: Veer Hiranandani
Publisher
: Dial Books
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0735-2285-11
Hardcover pages
: 272
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: India, Pakistan
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Subjects
: Diaries, Family life, Hindus, Muslims, Partition 1947, Refugees, Siblings