Tag Archives: Travel

Who Built That? Modern Houses

Who Built That? Modern HousesPart-biography, part-introduction to modern homes; this book offers up an incredible amount of information about the lives and design styles of architects such as Gerrit Rietveld and Frank Lloyd Wright. Primary color pen illustrations clearly depict the materials and floor layouts of each architect’s unique design and creative voice. mm

 

Title: Who Built That? Modern Houses
Author: Didier Cornille
Illustrator: Didier Cornille
Publisher
: Princeton Architectural Press, New York
Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 9781616892630
Hardcover pages
: 75 
Age range
: 10-13
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information books
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: Le Mans, France
Illustrator’s ethnicity: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Le Mans, France 
Subjects
: Architecture, Color, Design, Houses

A Drop Of The Sea

Ali lives with his great-grandmother at the edge of the desert, not far from a hundred-year-old palm tree.  Ali has grown worried that, in her old age, his great-grandmother is finding it harder to walk. Ali asks if all her dreams have come true.  She replies that she hasn’t seen the sea.  A determined Ali takes his pail and a pack of dates and walks the two days it takes to get to the sea.  He carefully fills his pail and walks the two days back to his great-grandmother.  Gently he offers her the pail.  At the very bottom only a few drops of the sea remain.  The old woman declares that this is one of the most beautiful days of her life.  The artwork in this sweet story was rendered digitally and in gouache and pencil.  A clever touch is the use of paper maps to indicate Ali’s journey. mjw
Title: A Drop Of The Sea
Author: Ingrid Chabbert
Illustrator
: Raul Nieto Guriddi
Publisher
: Kids Can Press. Toronto, Canada
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Un Bout de Mer
Original Publisher
: Editions Frimousse
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-5253-0124-7
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: A Middle East desert
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Subjects
: Bedtime story, Multigenerational, Seas, Sleep

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

Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought For Her American Dream

National bestselling author Julissa Arce tells of her journey from Taxco, Mexico, to growing up undocumented in Texas.  As a young girl, she, her two sisters, her nanny, and her grandmother were left behind in Taxco for months at a time, while her parents worked in America, hoping to build a home for the family.  At age eleven, her parents brought her to Texas where she secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant.  She worked tirelessly, achieved academic excellence, overcame cultural barriers, and ultimately climbed to a successful career on Wall Street. Eight pages of black and white photographs complement this compelling story. mjw
Title: Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought For Her American Dream
Author: Julissa Arce
Publisher
: Little, Brown and Company
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-316-48174-8
Hardcover pages
: 240
Age range
: 11-14
Genre
: Autobiography
Book setting
: Mexico, Texas
Author’s ethnicity
: Mexican
Author’s residence
: Los Angeles, U.S.
Subjects
: Biography, Illegal aliens, Immigrants, Mexican American women, Social justice, Texas

The True Tale Of A Giantess: The Story Of Anna Swan

This historical non-fiction children’s book follows the rich life of acclaimed Nova Scotia Giantess Anna Swan. Anna grows up feeling (figuratively and physically) out-of-place in her hometown and yearns for  a life of travel and adventure. She decides to join P.T. Barnum’s Gallery of Wonders and meets other people who are unique like she is. Being a part of the Gallery opens up doors for Anna and she is able to have all the adventures she dreamed about as a little girl. She meets and befriends Queen Victoria and falls in love with fellow giant Martin Van Buren Bates. Her life story emphasizes the value of individuality and creating one’s own world to fit into if such an environment is not provided. The illustrations in mixed media and Photoshop include a spectrum of shaded grey, blue, and olive-green pastels and feature soft round-faced characters with blush faces.    mm
Title: The True Tale of a Giantess: The Story of Anna Swan
Author: Anne Renaud
Illustrator
: Marie Lafrance
Publisher
: Kids Can Press, Toronto
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-376-9
Hardcover pages
:  32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Biography, Picture Book
Book setting
: Nova Scotia, New York, England
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Westmount, Quebec
Illustrator’s ethnicity
:  Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal, Quebec
Subjects
: Biography, Circus, Giants, Nova Scotia, Performing arts, Women

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

Kakuma Girls: Sharing Stories Of Hardship And Hope From Kakuma Refugee Camp

Clare Morneau is a 17-year-old author and speaker who lives in Toronto and is committed to working for real change.  As a student at Havergal College, she founded the Kakuma Toronto Girls Education Partnership. This illuminating book is a compilation of letters of hardship and hope from the girls in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya to girls at a high school in Canada.  The Kakuma girls have incredible hopes and dreams for their future.  They are fighting for their education and will do anything to go to university.  They dream of becoming doctors, engineers, pilots, or journalists and improving their families’ lives.  The book includes beautiful photographs, maps, a chronology, a glossary, and a list of ways to get involved. mjw
Title: Kakuma Girls: Sharing Stories Of Hardship And Hope From Kakuma Refugee Camp
Author: Clare Morneau and contributors
Publisher
: Barlow Books, Toronto
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-988025-14-8
Hardcover pages
: 184
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information Book
Book setting
: Kenya
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Toronto
Subjects
: Refugee children. Refugees, Sudan, Women

Whisper Of The East: Tales From Arabia

This magical collection of six folk stories from the fascinating world of the East contains The Secret of the Black Dress from Arabia, Jamil and Jamila from Syria, The Fisherman and the Djinn adapted from A Thousand and One Nights, The Little Camel from Palestine, The Old Pair of Shoes from Arabia, and The Fisherman and the Mermaid from Arabia.  The illustrations in red and teal are reminiscent of screen-printing.  This interactive book concludes with a glossary, a map of the Middle East, suggestions for making your own fairytales, the Arabic script, and drawing and painting ideas.  The final endpapers represent a fairytale alphabet in English and Arabic. mjw
Title: Whisper Of The East: Tales From Arabia
Author: Franziska Meiners
Illustrator
: Franziska Meiners
Publisher
: North South Books, Inc. New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: German
Translator
: David Henry Wilson
Original Title
: Das Flustern des Orients
Original Publisher
: NordSud Verlag AG. Zurich, Switzerland
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4323-3
Hardcover pages
: 112
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Fiction, Short Stories, Folktales
Book setting
: Arabia, Syria, Palestine
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Cologne
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Cologne
Subjects
: Fairytales and folklore, Middle East, Storytelling

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

La Frontera: El Viaje Con Papa, My Journey With Papa

This bilingual book (Spanish and English) follows Alfredo and his father during the 1980s as they leave behind their home in Mexico for Texas.  The story is told through Alfredo’s eyes and is based on one of the author’s own experiences in crossing the border, la frontera.  It tells why they left Mexico, describes their difficult journey, and shows how courage and determination can lead to a better and more productive life. Colorful pictures prepared in graphite, acrylic, and digital collage complement the vivid narrative.  Back matter includes more on Alfredo’s story, information about borders and cultures, a map, notes about immigration, and photographs.  mjw
Title: La Frontera: El Viaje Con Papa, My Journey With Papa
Author: Deborah Mills and Alfredo Alva
Illustrator
: Claudia Navarro
Publisher
: Barefoot Books. Cambridge, MA and London
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English and Spanish
Translator
: Maria A. Perez
ISBN
: 978-1-78285-388-6
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Mexico and Texas
Author’s ethnicity
: Mills – U.S.  Alva – Mexican
Author’s residence
: Mills – U.S.  Alva – Texas
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Mexican
Illustrator’s residence
: Mexico
Subjects
: Central America, Emigrants and immigrants, Hispanic and Latino, Mexican Americans, Mexico, United States

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

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