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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 Fishing Lesson

 

A camera-wielding tourist wakes a fisherman who is napping in his boat.  He points out that if the fisherman went out more, he could catch more fish.  That would allow him to buy a proper motorboat.  He could then hire help, find the best fish, open a restaurant, and eventually relax in the harbor and nap in the sunshine.  The fisherman replies that is “exactly what he was doing just now.” He has his own ideas about what success looks like.  Funny, comic-like illustrations use panels in this adaptation of Boll’s fable about not letting work overtake one’s life. mjw
Title: The Fishing Lesson
AuthorHeinrich  Boll (1917-1985)
Illustrator
: Emile Bravo
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books For Young Readers
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Bernard Friot
Original Title
: Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral
Original Publisher
: Verlag Kiepenheur & Witsch GmBH & Co. KG. Cologne, Germany
Original Copyright
: 1963
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5503-9
Hardcover pages
: 44
Age range
: 5 up
Genre
: Picture Book, Graphic Novel
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Awards
: Author has won the 1972 Nobel Prize for Literature 
Subjects
: Contentment, Fishing

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

Bicycling To The Moon

bicycling to the moonPurdy the cat and Barker the dog live in a sky blue house on top of a hill. Purdy dreams big. He wants to bicycle to the moon, win the singing contest, fly south with the migrating birds, be Supercat, and search for treasure. Barker is Purdy’s good friend, who likes to garden and take care of the house. The twenty short stories take place over a year and are accompanied by clever, quirky cartoon-style illustrations rendered in oil pastels, crayon, and watercolor. This laugh out-loud chapter book about two very opposite friends was written by Finland’s top children’s writer. mjw
Title: Bicycling To The Moon
Author: Timo Parvela
Illustrator
: Virpi Talvite
Publisher
: Gecko Press.  Wellington, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Finnish
Translator
: Rith Urbom
Original Title
: Maukka ja Vaykka
Original Publisher
: Werner Soderstrom Ltd.  Finland
Original Copyright
: 2009
ISBN
: 978-1-776570=32-4
Paperback pages
: 128
Age range
: 7-9
Genre
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: Finnish
Author’s residence
: Finland
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Finnish
Illustrator’s residence
: Finland
Awards
: Author has been shortlisted for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.  Illustrator has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and was awarded the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2006
Subjects
: Cats, Dogs, Fishing, Gardening, Honesty, Loyalty, Short stories, Weather

Alive Again

Alive AgainA boy wonders if the blossoms that fall from trees will ever return. When there is no rain, will it rain again? If no wheat grows, will it grow again? And if no one goes on a journey, will there be new journeys? When spring comes, the boy’s father points out new blossoms, fresh rain, and born-again wheat. And tomorrow will be a day for a new journey. Striking collage artwork enhances this simple story about trust and understanding that will leave readers asking similar questions. mjw
Title: Alive Again
Author: Ahmadreza Ahmadi
Illustrator
: Nahid Kazemi
Publisher
: Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd.  England
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Persian
Translator
: Azita Rassi
Original Publisher
: Salis Publisher. Tehran, Iran
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-1-910328-05-7
Hardcover pages
: 24
Age range
: 4-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: Iran
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal, Canada
Awards
: Author was shortlisted for the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award
Subjects
: Blossoms, Flowers, Journeys, Questions, Rain, Trust, Understanding, Wheat

Yokki And The Parno Gry

yokki-and-the-parno-gryThis traditional Traveler-family folktale tells of Yokki, a young boy who inspires his hard-working family with a tale of a magical white horse. His family experiences hard times and there is no work to be had. They travel from town to town looking for work mending household objects and trying to sell wooden spoons and beautiful paper flowers that they make. At night, they gather around a fire to tell stories they have heard on their travels. Yokki tells the best story about the Parno Gry, which is a horse that comes to take them to a new and better land. Colorful and gentle detailed mixed media illustrations bring Yokki’s family to life in this imaginative Romani folktale. An author’s note gives information about Romani and Traveling People. mjw
Title: Yokki And The Parno Gry
Author: Richard O’Neill and Katherine Quarmby
Illustrator
: Marieke Nelissen
Publisher
: Child’s Play Inc.
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-84643-927-8
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Romani (O’Neill)
Author’s residence
: England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Illustrator’s residence
: Netherlands
Subjects
: Fairytales, Folktales, Gypsies, Horses, Mythical animals, Romanis, Storytelling, Traveling people