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Bambi: A Life In The Woods

 

This is an exquisite new collectible edition of the classic story.  Bambi lives in a woodland thicket.  He and his family and friends discover the wonders and the dangers of the woods.  Superb oil paintings feature gold foiling.  The story inspired the beloved 1942 Disney film. mjw
Title: Bambi: A Life In The Woods
Author: Felix Salten (1869-1945)
Illustrator
: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Publisher
: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Whittaker Chambers
Original Publisher
: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Original Copyright
: 1928
ISBN
: 978-1442-9345-2
Hardcover pages
: 192
Age range
: 10 up
Genre
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: Austrian
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: San Francisco, U.S.
Subjects
: Deer, Forest

The Murderer’s Ape

 

This thrilling mystery is narrated by a gorilla named Sally Jones who can read and type on a 1908 Underwood No. 5 typewriter. She is an engineer working for Chief Henry Koskela who is falsely accused of murder. Sally Jones embarks on a whirlwind journey from Lisbon, Portugal, to the Maharaja of Bhapur’s magnificent court in India to clear the chief’s name. This suspenseful adventure is accompanied by detailed black and white drawings. Maps of the voyage appear on the endpapers. mjw
Title: The Murderer’s Ape
Author: Jakob Wegelius
Illustrator
: Jakob Wegelius
Publisher
: Delacorte Press
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Swedish
Translator
: Peter Graves
Original Title
: Mordarens Apa
Original Publisher
: Bonnier Carlsen
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-101-93175-2
Hardcover pages
: 624
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction, Mystery
Book setting
: Portugal, India
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Author’s residence
: Sweden
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Illustrator’s residence
: Sweden
Awards
: 2018 Batchelder Winner, International Youth Library White Raven Selection
Subjects
: Detective stories, Gorilla, Human-animal relationships, Music, Sailing

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

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

Macy McMillan And The Rainbow Goddess

 

Sixth grader Macy McMillan, who is deaf, is facing big changes. Her house is for sale and her mother is about to remarry, adding a stepfather and six-year-old twin stepsisters. Macy’s mother has Macy go next door to help 86-year–old Iris Gillan pack, as Iris is moving into an assisted living facility. Iris doesn’t know sign language, but through notes, books, and cookies, Macy and Iris, the rainbow goddess, develop a beautiful friendship. This heartwarming story is written in free verse. There are many book references throughout, like The Tale of Despereaux, El Deafo, and Anne of Green Gables. mjw
Title: Macy McMillan And The Rainbow Goddess
Author: Shari Green
Publisher
: Pajama Press
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77278-017-8
Paperback pages
: 240
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction, Verse
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: British Columbia, Canada
Awards: 2018 Schneider Family Book Award
Subjects
: Deaf children, Intergenerational, Special needs, Step families, Stories in verse

Indian Tales: A Barefoot Collection

 

Eight traditional tales from all over the Indian Subcontinent are included in this colorful anthology. Each story is taken from a different region in India, from Punjab in the north to Tamil Nadu in the south. A “Welcome to India!” introduces the country and provides a map. Each tale is accompanied by two pages of information about the state – geography, history, food, dance, culture, traditions, and more. Bright, colorful folk style illustrations in gouache present story elements and frame the narratives. mjw
Title: Indian Tales: A Barefoot Collection
Author: Shenaaz Nanji
Illustrator
: Christopher Corr
Publisher
: Barefoot Books, Cambridge, MA
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English 
Original Publisher
: Barefoot Books
Original Copyright
: 2007
ISBN
: 978-1-78285-357-2
Paperback pages
: 96
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Folktales, Fairytales
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: Calgary, Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: London
Subjects
: Anthologies, Gods and goddesses, Myths

Little Polar Bear: Where Are You Going Lars?

little-polar-bearLars, the little polar bear, is so tired after going with his father on his first hunting trip. He falls asleep on the ice and sleeps so soundly that he doesn’t hear the ice crack. His ice bed breaks off, he drifts south, and he wakes up in the middle of the sea, where it is getting warmer and warmer. This is where his adventures begin. He makes new friends, including Henry the hippopotamus. Lars gets homesick and wants to find his way back home. He gets help from Marcus the eagle and Samson the whale. Lars is finally reunited with his father, who catches Samson a big fish to thank him. The soft-colored illustrations have been refreshed in this Little Polar Bear 30th Anniversary Edition. mjw
Title: Little Polar Bear: Where Are You Going Lars?
Author: Hans de Beer
Illustrator
: Hans de Beer
Publisher
: NorthSouth Books, Inc.
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: German
Original Title
: Kleiner Eisbar – Wohin fahrst du, Lars?
Original Publisher
: NordSud Verlag AG, Switzerland
Original Copyright
: 1987
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4052-2
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: North Pole, Tropics
Author’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Subjects
: Bears, North Pole, Polar bears