Tag Archives: Sports

The Wooden Camel

Young Etabo dreams of becoming a camel racer and beating his older brother in a camel race.  But the family must sell their camels and find work for his siblings because of the rising cost of water.  Inspired by the Turkana people of northwest Kenya, this story of love and hope is beautifully illustrated with exaggerated animals and dreamy landscapes. mjw
Title: The Wooden Camel
Author: Wanuri Hahiu
Illustrator
: Manuela Adreani
Publisher
: Lantana Publishing Ltd. London
Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-911373-12-4
Hardcover pages
: 32 
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Kenya
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Nairobi, Kenya
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Illustrator’s residence
: Turin, Italy
Awards
: 2018 Children’s Africana Book Award Honor Book
Subjects
: Africa, Brothers and sisters, Camels, Camel racing, Imagination

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 Day I Became A Bird

The Day I Became a BirdA young boy narrates the story about how, on the first day of school, he fell in love with Sylvia. Sylvia is a bird lover. She observes them, cares for them, and even wears bird barrettes in her hair. Her voice sounds like a birdsong to the boy. To get her attention, he creates a bird costume, which he wears to school, even though climbing trees and playing soccer are difficult for him in the costume. When he and Sylvia finally meet face to face, she puts her arms around him and the boy feels like he is flying. Black line drawings tenderly illustrate this love story. mjw
Title: The Day I Became A Bird
Author: Ingrid Chabbert
Illustrator
: Guridi (Raul Nieto Guridi)
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Spanish
Original Title
: El dia en que me converti en un pajaro
Original Publisher
: Editiones TTT
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-621-0
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Subjects
: Birds, Costumes, Friendship, Love

Good Night Hockey Fans

A young boy would rather stay up watching the hockey game than go to bed. He’s worried that he won’t be able to go to sleep. As he listens on a radio he keeps under his pillow, he drifts off to sleep. He dreams that he is part of the action and that he scores the winning goal. This delightful bedtime story is illustrated in gouache and edited digitally in blues and greens. mjw
Title: Good Night Hockey Fans
Author: Andrew Larsen
Illustrator
: Jacqui Lee
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-105-5
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Toronto, Canada
Illustrator’s residence
: London, England
Subjects
: Bedtime, Dreams, Hockey, Sleep

The Ballad Of A Broken Nose

The Ballad of a Broken NoseThirteen-year-old Bart Norum has had a hard life. He lives in public housing with his alcoholic mother, his neighbors are drug addicts, and he doesn’t know who is father is. He takes up boxing so that he can protect himself, but his real love is opera. His friend Ada, who cannot keep a secret, lets his classmates and teacher know about his passion and they want him to sing in the class talent show. But Bart suffers from paralyzing stage fright. Bart is an optimist and he tells his story about bravery, fear, sports, and music in a funny and matter-of-fact style. An interesting note is that Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel is Bart’s idol. mjw
Title: The Ballad Of A Broken Nose
Author: Arne Svingen
Publisher
: Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Norwegian
Translator
: Kari Dickson
Original Title
: Sangen om en Brukkt Nese
Original Publisher
: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1-4814-1542-2
Hardcover pages
: 224
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Norway
Author’s ethnicity
: Norwegian
Author’s residence
: Norway
Awards
: 2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award, Norwegian Ministry of Culture’s Best Young Adult Literature Prize
Subjects
: Boxing, Bullies, Drugs, Friendship, Music, Opera, Talent shows