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Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
4.00
Talkin’ About Bessie uses a series of “interviews” to tell the story of Bessie Coleman, an African-American aviatrix from the early 1900’s, when few w ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 20, 2009
 
Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet In Spanish And English
4.05
An alphabet book with poems in Spanish and English, Gathering the Sun, by Alma Flor Ada, focuses on the lives of migrant workers and offers short but ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 01, 2009
 
Teen Life Among the Amish and Other Alternative Communities: Choosing a Lifestyle
5.00
Teen Life Among the Amish and Other Alternative Communities: Choosing a Lifestyle, by David Hunter is part of a non-fiction series called Teen Life in ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 20, 2009
 
All Kinds of Friends, Even Green!
3.88
Moses is an exuberant seven year-old boy experiencing a bit of writer’s block on his “Friends” assignment. He has so many friends that he cannot choos ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 20, 2009
 
Coming on Home Soon
4.07
A simple plot, sparingly yet evocatively told by Jacqueline Woodson, with E.B. Lewis’s beautiful, muted watercolors adding another level to the loneli ...more
Jan 15, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
 
Samsara Dog
4.54
A beautiful message on Buddhist reincarnation beliefs, Samsara Dog shows us what must be learned (in one life or as many as it takes) in order to pass ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 01, 2009
 
Goin' Someplace Special
4.30
Goin’ Someplace Special, by Patricia C. McKissack and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney brings a human face and human feelings to the effects of Jim Crow l ...more
Jan 15, 2009
Jan 18, 2009
 
The Black Book of Colors
4.36
There are no colors in The Black Book of Colors, ones we can see with our eyes, anyway. This book, by Venezuelan artists, pairs raised black line draw ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 01, 2009
 
Suki's Kimono
4.11
Having a strong-willed and self-possessed little girl of my own, I have to admire a kindred spirit when I see one in a book. In Suki’s Kimono, by Chie ...more
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Jan 21, 2009
 
Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy
3.80
I was an elementary school student at the end of the Vietnam War, but the newscasts of the Operation Babylift airlifts are seared in my memory. Hundre ...more
not set
Jan 15, 2009
 
The Birdman
4.20
A Toronto newspaper printed an article about a tailor in Calcutta, who worked six days a week, and, on the seventh, used his few spare coins to purcha ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
So Far from the Sea
3.93
Eve Bunting’s So Far from the Sea is a picture book for older children that provides a brief lesson on the internment of Japanese Americans during WWI ...more
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Jan 26, 2009
 
One Leaf Rides the Wind
3.95
One Leaf Rides the Wind by Celeste Davidson Mannis is three books in one: a 1-10 counting book, a haiku book (it’s Dewey call number is 811.6 – poetry ...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
 
Tallgrass
3.84
I heard about Tallgrass, by Sandra Dallas, earlier this year while listening to NPR’s list of books “to give to yourself” this past holiday season. Th ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 24, 2009
 
Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas
3.97
In little vignettes, filled with rich language, metaphors and similes, Mexican poet, Juan Felipe Herrera tells the story of his youth as a child of mi ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 01, 2009
 
Indian Shoes
3.45
The book jacket calls Indian Shoes, by Cynthia Leitich Smith, “a collection of inter-related stories” and for me, that’s part of what made this books ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
Ellington Was Not a Street
4.16
Ntozake Shange’s Ellington Was Not a Street is a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner ,and it is certainly easy to see why. Kadir Nelson’s doub ...more
Jan 15, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
 
Salaam: A Muslim American Boy's Story
3.74
Salaam, A Muslim American Boy’s Story, by Tricia Brown describes Imran’s typical American boy’s life; celebrating birthdays, going to school, playing ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
The Tequila Worm
3.71
The Tequila Worm by Victoria Canales, is a coming-of-age story set in the Mexican barrios of Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, sometime in the early 1960’s. ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
The Range Eternal
4.17
Louise Erdrich’s picture book, The Range Eternal, memorializes the wood-burning stove that was the “warm heart” of her childhood family home. More tha ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
My Father's Shop
3.94
My Father’s Shop by author/illustrator Satomi Ichikawa, is set in a Morroccon rug shop, where Mustafa’s father sells rugs to tourists. One day finds a ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
Snow in Jerusalem
3.47
In Snow in Jerusalem, by Deborah da Costa, a snow-white cat shuttles between the Jewish Quarter and the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. The ca ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
When I Am Old With You
4.04
When I am Old with You, by Angela Johnson, is a sweet and simple story reflecting a young child’s thoughts about the activities he and his granddaddy ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 15, 2009
 
Kali and the Rat Snake
3.67
Everything about Kali and the Rat Snake feels different, not American. The book sent me running to the internet for lessons in geography, ethnography ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
The Rough-Face Girl
4.37
Although this book has been accused of citing misleading sources, and criticized for its europeanized retelling, The Rough-Faced Girl, by Rafe Martin, ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
Fox
4.12
Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks have conspired to make "Fox" disturbing, strange, and thought provoking. The text, the pictures, the themes – there is no ...more
not set
Mar 03, 2009
 
Tibili: The Little Boy Who Didn't Want to Go to School
3.60
I love children’s books by authors from other countries – they take away my ability to predict the story, and I am so often happily surprised by the u ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 01, 2009
 
It's Okay to Be Different
4.34
My extended family includes people with physical disabilities and people in same-sex relationships. Among my closest friends are a family with two dad ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 20, 2009
 
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
4.02
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes is Rose Lewis's love letter to her adopted Chinese daughter, documenting Lewis's desire for a baby, the adoption process a ...more
not set
Jan 23, 2009
 
The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley
4.24
An Australian author and artist joined forces to bring us a book for our economically pinched times. In Colin Thompson and Amy Lissiat’s “The Short an ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 01, 2009
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