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Akimbo and the Elephants

Alexander McCall Smith (2005), 80 pages
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Multicultural
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Akimbo lives next to a game reserve in the heart of Africa. His father works on the reserve, and Akimbo develops a love for the wild animals of Africa. When he discovers that poachers are killing elephants and selling the ivory, Akimbo comes up with a daring plan to catch these poachers. Will Akimbo be able to save the elephants from danger? If you enjoy this book, be sure to look for Akimbo and the Lions and Akimbo and the Snakes.
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 8/7/2012
ISBN-10: 1582346860
ISBN-13: 9781582346861
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Aldar the Trickster

Mollie Clarke (1965), 32 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Folklore, Multicultural
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In a village in Finland, there once lived a man named Aldar. Because he was very good at deceiving people, he was called Aldar the Trickster. There was a man nicknamed Goat Man who believed that he could not be deceived by Aldar. But deceived he was-6 different times! Everything began when Goat Man believed that Aldar was holding up a tree by leaning against it. Be prepared to laugh as Goat Man keeps falling for Aldar's antics.
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 7/26/2010
ISBN-13: 9780247643024
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Alphabet of Dreams

Susan Fletcher (2006), 304 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Multicultural
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Ancient Persia is a wondrous land filled with Kings, Magi, palaces, and more for those of noble birth. For many others, life is a difficult journey. Rarely do the nobles know what it is like to be without priviledge. Mitra and Babak find themselves in that world when their family is exiled after their father is killed in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the King. Disguised as a boy, Mitra cares for her little brother as they live on the street trying to pull together enough to be reunited with family. During these difficult times, Babak begins to dream about others and this gift is soon sought after by others when a dream comes true for a merchant. Trusting the wisdom of an older woman, Mitra and Babak find themselves under the power of a Magus who needs Babak's gift. The journey is dangerous, trust is limited to a very few, and each day becomes more complex as Mitra must protect not only their true identity but also the fact she is a girl. A wonderous tale rich in story and language.
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 4/26/2011
ISBN-10: 9780689850424
ISBN-13: 9780689850424
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Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs & Blood Sausage

Andrew Zimmern (2011), 188 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Multicultural, Nonfiction
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Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods, chronicles many of the places in the world that he has gone to. Would you try eating boa constrictor, baby sparrows, or guinea pig? Andrew has and describes how it was to eat these and other foods that you and I might consider bizarre. This book is filled with interesting stories of different countries and food experiences that Andrew has had.
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 2/1/2012
ISBN-13: 9780385740036
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Andrew Zimmern's Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird. Wild, &  Wonderful Foods

Andrew Zimmern (2012), 198 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Multicultural, Nonfiction
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In this book, Andrew chronicles some of the bizarre foods he has tried all over the globe. He also writes other entries of facts related to the foods so it very much reads like a collection of newspaper articles. Travel in your mind to Madagascar and meet the hissing cockroaches. Andrew insists that these cockroaches are absolutely delicious. Believe it or not though, there is a downside to eating raw hissing cockroaches. They contain a mild neurotoxin that can numb the mouth and make it difficult to swallow. Also, in this section of the book, Andrew writes about how to keep a giant hissing cockroach as a pet. If cockroaches aren't quite your thing, maybe garlic ice cream is. You can travel to Gilroy, California for their garlic festival or Puerto Rico to try some. Or you can make your own from the recipe that is included in this book. Mr. Zimmern didn't like it, but you might! Other interesting food items and factoids are presented ranging from a description of what scrapple is to the information that eating too much liver can cause a health condition.
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 3/19/2013
ISBN-10: 125001929X
ISBN-13: 9781250019295
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