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Girl Of The Southern Sea

Fourteen-year-old Nia lives in the slums of Jakarta, Java, with her father and her little brother. She dreams of attending high school and becoming a writer, but school is too expensive.  Her father runs a banana fritter cart near the railway station, but the money he makes usually just supports his drinking habit.  He is an unhappy and weak man who disappears for days, so Nia has to raise her little brother.  A series of unfortunate events leads to Nia’s father’s plan to marry Nia off to a much older man.  Nia overcomes all the obstacles and determines her own future.  A map of Indonesia and a glossary are included. mjw
Title: Girl Of The Southern Sea
Author: Michelle Kadarusman
Publisher
: Pajama Press, Toronto
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77278-081-9
Hardcover pages
: 224
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Jakarta, Java, Indonesia
Author’s ethnicity
: Grew up in Melbourne, has lived in Indonesia
Author’s residence
: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Awards: 2020 USBBY Outstanding International Book List
Subjects
: Asian literature, Authors, Fantasy, Homelessness, Mythology, Poverty, Self-esteem and self-reliance, Slums, Teenage marriage

The Secret Of The Blue Glass

In the library, in a house in a Tokyo suburb, live the Little People: Fern and Balbo, Robin and Iris. Just a few inches high, a beloved nanny brought them from England to the Moriyama family in Japan. Since then, each generation of the Moriyama family children take care of the Little People by filling the blue glass goblet daily with milk to feed them.  Now it is Yuri Moriyama’s turn.  When World War II comes to Japan, and the older Moriyama brother becomes a fanatic nationalist, the family is divided.  Yuri and a loyal pigeon keep the Little People safe.  This tender fantasy story is full of adventure, hardship, and cultural revelations. mjw
Title: The Secret Of The Blue Glass
Author: Tomiko Inui (1924-2002)
Publisher
: Pushkin Children’s Books.  London
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Japanese
Translator
: Ginny Tapley Takemori
Original Title
: Kokage No Ie No Kobitotachi (Yuri And The Little People)
Original Publisher
: Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers.  Tokyo
Original Copyright
: 1967
ISBN
: 978-1-782690-34-4
Paperback pages
: 192
Age range
: 12-16
Genre
: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Book setting
: Tokyo suburb
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Awards
: 2019 Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Shortlist
Subjects
: Asian historical fiction, Libraries, Pigeons, World War II

This Is Me, Mayil

This is the diary of spirited sixteen-year-old Mayil Ganeshan.  She is curious and intelligent and wants to be a writer.  Also included are her rhymes and doodles.  The diary feels natural and is third in a series. mjw
Title: This Is Me, Mayil
Author: Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran
Illustrator
: Niveditha Subramaniam
Publisher
: Tulika Publishers.  Chennai, India
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-93-5046-996-5
Paperback pages
: 124
Age range
: 13 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: India
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: India
Subjects
: Autobiography, Diary, Humor, Rhyme, Verse, Young adult

The Hen Who Sailed Around The World: A True Story

For the last two years, 24-year-old French sailor Guirec Soudee has been sailing the world with his red hen Monique.  Monique never suffers from seasickness.  She keeps him company and provides him with a constant source of food – eggs.  Over the course of the adventure she laid 1,040 eggs! They are currently crossing the Pacific Ocean.  Guirec has documented their journeys with his remarkable and comical photographs and you can follow him online at guirecsoudee.com.  His first book The Transatlantic Voyage Of Monique was released in France.  A map of the voyages is included.  mjw
Title: The Hen Who Sailed Around The World: A True Story
Author: Guirec Soudee
Illustrator
: Guirec Soudee
Publisher
: Little, Brown and Company
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-316-44884-0
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information book, Travel literature
Book setting
: Around the world
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Subjects
: Chickens, Human-animal relationships, Northwest Passage, Photographs, Sailing, Survival

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

Mangoes, Mischief, And Tales Of Friendship: Stories From India

This book includes eight original trickster tales inspired by traditional Indian folktales. Ten-year-old Prince Veera and his best friend, Suku, are given the opportunity to preside over King Bheema’s court.  They have to deal with a greedy merchant who charges people for enjoying the smells of his sweets. They also have to settle a dispute between a man and his neighbor to whom he sells a well – but not the water in it. Veera and Suku manage to outsmart the King’s trickiest subjects and how to be wise and just. The clever, black and white illustrations are done in acrylic, poster color, and watercolor. mjw
Title: Mangoes, Mischief, And Tales Of Friendship: Stories From India
Author: Chitra Soundar
Illustrator
: Uma Krishnaswamy
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
Original Title:  A Dollop Of Ghee And A Pot Of Wisdom
and A Jar Of Pickles And A Pinch Of Justice
Original Copyright
: 2010 and 2016 in the U.K.
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0067-6
Hardcover pages
: 192
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Fiction, Folktales, Short stories
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: Chennai, London 
Subjects
: Asia, Bravery, Folktales, Justice, Myths, Royalty, Short stories, Trickster tales

Felix

Felix is a fine cat with a lot of friends.  He goes on whirlwind tours to visit his family all over the world. He goes to India with its golden temples, meets tigers,  and has prawns and scrambled eggs. He travels to China to visit his mysterious cousins, the snow leopards.  They offer him tea and herrings.  Next, he stops in the Russian steppes to visit his cousin Mr. Lynx and is offered  blinis and caviar..  The next stop is the United States where pumas give him steak.  Next is the rainforest of Brazil to visit panthers who give him kebabs. His last stop is the African savannah where lions give him an acacia branch.  Felix finally goes home to his food bowl, his balcony, and his cozy pillow. Rich, colorful artwork accompanies Felix on his travels. mjw
Title: Felix
Author: Giovanna Zoboli
Illustrator
: Simona Mulazzani
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Italian
Translator
: Laura Watkinson
Original Title
: Gatto Felice
Original Publisher
: Topipittoti, Milan
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5506-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: India, China, Russia, United States, Brazil, Africa
Author’s ethnicity
: Italian
Author’s residence
: Milan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Subjects
: Cats, Travel

The Chameleon That Saved Noah’s Ark

The Chameleon that SavedNoah and his multi-ethnic family can’t find the right food for the two picky eater chameleons on the ark. Noah’s wife is highlighted, but everyone is involved in trying to find food for the chameleons. The mystery continues until worms threaten the fruit bins and the chameleons solve both problems! Even worms are wonders…”and everything and everyone has a place under the sun.” Folk-art style, textured acrylic paintings are delightful in this extension of the well-known Bible story. mjw
Title: The Chameleon That Saved Noah’s Ark
Author: Yael Molchadsky
Illustrator
: Orit Bergman
Publisher
: Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Hebrew
Translator
: Annette Appel
Original Publisher
: KInneret, Zmora-Bitan, Dvir Publishing House Ltd., Israel
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-101-99676-8
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Israeli
Author’s residence
: Israel
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Jerusalem
Illustrator’s residence
: Israel
Subjects
: Animals, Boats, Chameleons, Noah’s Ark, Noah (Biblical figure), Transportation

When A Wolf Is Hungry

 

Edmond Bigsnout is a lone wolf living in the woods who has a hankering for some rabbit – a city bunny. Wearing a tuxedo and carrying a knife, he hops on his bike and heads for the city. He stops at a tall apartment building where a miniature rabbit lives on the fifth floor. The residents in the elevator mistake him for a friendly new neighbor. He has to return to the woods several times to get new weapons because the residents find innocent uses for them. He finally gets to the roof of the building and is invited to the party all the animal residents are having. The rabbit says, “Please join us! We won’t eat you!” Vegetarianism wins out and the ending is happy for everyone. Clever illustrations add to this big bad wolf with a twist. mjw
Title: When A Wolf Is Hungry
Author: Christine Naumann-Villemin
Illustrator
: Kris Di Giacomo
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Quand le Loup a Faim
Original Publisher
: Editions Kaleidoscope
Original Copyright
: 2011
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5482-7
Hardcover pages
: 34
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris
Awards
: 2018 Batchelder Honor
Subjects
: Apartment houses, City life, Humor, Neighborliness, Rabbits, Wolves

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