Tag Archives: Friends

Step Up To The Plate, Maria Singh

It is 1945, and with World War II going on, fifth-grader Maria Singh wants to play baseball.  When her teacher starts an all-girls team at her school, Maria is thrilled.  However she meets many challenges. Her father from India doesn’t want her wearing shorts.  Her mother form Mexico wants her to stay home to watch her younger brother.  Maria also wants to work to get the city council to approve a baseball field for her neighborhood.  And because her father isn’t a U.S. citizen, he can’t own their farm and the family is in danger of losing it.  As she learns about teamwork and baseball, she also learns about prejudice and racism in her community.  And most importantly, she learns to speak up and make a difference in her world.  This well-written, fascinating book, that covers a lot of social history, has great potential for the classroom.  mjw
Title: Step Up To The Plate, Maria Singh
Author: Uma Krishnaswami
Publisher
: Tu Books, an imprint of Lee and Low Books.  New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-600602-61-0
Hardcover pages
: 288
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: California
Author’s ethnicity
: born in New Delhi
Author’s residence
: Victoria, British Columbia
Awards
: 018 South Asia Book Award
Subjects
:East Indian Americans, Farm life, Mexican Americans, Prejudice, Racially mixed people, Racism, Sexism, Softball, World War II

The Moose Of Ewenki

The Ewenki people live in the forest of Greater Khingan, in northern China, and they live on hunting and raising reindeer. The old hunter Gree Shek hunts a mother moose by mistake. She leaves a young moose.  He feels terrible because Ewenki hunters would never hunt a female moose that was raising a baby.  The motherless baby follows Gree Shek back to the campsite where Gree Shek feeds the hungry moose.  He names it Little Moose. The moose and the man form a bond and go on adventures together.  As Little Moose grows older and bigger, Gree Shek knows he must return the moose to the forest.  Beautifully detailed paintings complement this touching story, which highlights the traditional and vanishing way of life of the Ewenki people. mjw
Title: The Moose Of Ewenki
Author: Gerelchimeg Blackcrane
Illustrator
: Jui Er
Publisher
: Greystone Kids Books
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77164-538-6
Hardcover pages
: 68
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Inner Mongolia
Author’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Author’s residence
: Hulunbuir Grassland in Mongolia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Illustrator’s residence
: Beijing, China
Subjects
: Asia, Caribou, Deer, Global studies, Moose, People and places, Reindeer

The Fox On The Swing

Paul lives with his family in a tree house in a big city. On his way home from the bakery, where everyday he gets three fresh rolls, Paul befriends a wise, friendly, orange fox. Being friends with the fox is a magical and challenging experience for Paul.  He has to deal with an unexpected move; friendship; appreciating the little things in life, like carrot cake and marmalade; and the nature of happiness. Brightly colored digital collages portray people, very detailed buildings, vehicles, and animals in this unpredictable, quirky story. mjw
Title: The Fox On The Swing
Author: Evelina Daciute
Illustrator
: Ausra Kiudulaite
Publisher
: Thames & Hudson, U.K.
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Lithuanian
Translator: The Translation Bureau
Original Title
: Laime Yra Lape
Original Publisher
: Tikra Knyga. Vilnius. Lithuania
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-0-500-651-8
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Lithuanian
Author’s residence
: Lithuania
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Lithuanian
Illustrator’s residence
: Lithuania
Awards
: 2019 Batchelder Award
Subjects
: Emotions, Fox and wolf, Happiness, Loneliness

Anne Arrives: Inspired By Anne Of Green Gables

In this first of a charming early reader series that reimagines L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, Anne Shirley arrives at the farm of Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. They had adopted what they thought would be a sturdy boy to help on their farm.  Instead, they got imaginative – and outspoken – red-headed Anne-with-an-e.  This book covers the first few chapters of Montgomery’s book.  The lovely illustrations are rendered in graphite, watercolor, and colored pencil and completed digitally.  And the chapters are short enough to keep young readers’ attention. mjw
Title: Anne Arrives: Inspired By Anne Of Green Gables
Author: Kallie George
Illustrator
: Abigail Halpin
Publisher
: Tundra Books, and imprint of Penguin Random House. Canada
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77149-930-9
Hardcover pages
: 72
Age range
: 6-8
Genre
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Vancouver, British Columbia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: Maine.  U.S.
Subjects
: Farms, Foster homes, Orphans

Hello, Horse

When the little boy’s friend Catherine asks him to come meet her horse named Shannon, he replies that he’s not so sure he likes horses.  Shannon is very big, but Catherine says she’s very kind.  Catherine teaches the boy to talk quietly to the horse, how to feed her carrots, how to lead her across a field, and even how to blow at her softly to show that he likes her.  Catherine helps him up onto the horse for his first ride.  Facts about horses are sprinkled throughout this gentle story. The book ends with an author’s note that tells that Shannon is the illustrator’s horse.  An index and more information are also included.  The beautiful illustrations were done in mixed media. mjw
Title: Hello, Horse
Author: Vivian French
Illustrator
: Catherine Rayner
Publisher
: Candlewick Press.  Somerville, MA
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0167-3
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: British
Author’s residence
: Scotland
Subjects
: Farm animals, Horses, New experiences

The Fox Girl And The White Gazelle

Twelve-year-old Reema is a Syrian refugee trying to find her place in Glasgow.  She struggles with a new language and culture and misses her older brother who got left behind in Aleppo.  Caylin feels completely alone.  She has to look after her alcoholic mother.  She bullies the other kids and steals from them so that she can eat. Reema and Caylin become friends when they discover an injured fox and her babies. The girls also discover that they both like to run. Told in alternating perspectives, this is a great story of friendship. mjw
Title: The Fox Girl And The White Gazelle
Author: Victoria Williamson
Publisher
: Kelpies, an imprint of Floris Books. Edinburgh, Scotland
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English 
ISBN
: 978-178250-490-0
Paperback pages
: 272
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: Scottish
Author’s residence
: U.K.
Subjects
: Foxes, Glasgow, Poetry, Prejudice and racism, Refugees, Running, Syria

The Little Prince 75th Anniversary Edition

This is the 75thanniversary edition of the classic story about an aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert where he encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.  This edition offers the full text of the beloved story – including a biography of the author, sketches, photos, and reviews from the first edition.  It also features a free audio download read by acclaimed author Viggo Mortensen.  The Little Prince is the most widely translated literary work of the twentieth century. mjw
Title: The Little Prince 75th Anniversary Edition
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)
Illustrator
: Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Publisher
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Vali Tamm
Original Title
: Le Petit Prince
Original Publisher
: Editions Gallimard. Paris
Original Copyright
: 1943,1946
ISBN
: 978-1-328-47975-4
Hardcover pages
: 224
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fantasy, Fiction
Book setting
: Sahara Desert
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Subjects
: Airplanes, Fables, Fairytales, Pilots, Planets, Princes, Roses