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Mama, Do You Love Me?

Barbara M. Joosse (1991), 32 pages
Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Multicultural, Picture Books
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Joosse sets her story in the Arctic. The mother and child are from the Inuit culture. The child's questions about her mother's love show an unbounded imagination. She suggests things she might do or animals she might become to lose that love, only to be reassured that 'I will still love you.' This book introduces another culture while giving a universal message of unconditional love.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 087701759X
ISBN-13: 9780877017592
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Manu and the Talking Fish

Roberta Arenson (2000), 32 pages
Illustrated by Roberta Arenson
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Easy Reader, Fiction, Folklore, Multicultural
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Manu and the Talking Fish is the retelling of the story about the, 'Great Flood'. The author, Roberta Arenson, retells this story based on the ancient stories from India. The young reader will readily be able to pick out the similarities and differences that this tale holds from another traditional story, Noah's Ark.
Similar authors: Lila Mehta; Marcia Brown; Gerald McDermott; Jan Thornhill
Similar books: Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India by Lila Mehta and adapted by Meredith Brucker; Once a Mouse...: A Fable Cut in Wood by Marcia Brown; Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott; The Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India by Jan Thornhill; The Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Folktale by Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/30/2012
ISBN-10: 1841480320
ISBN-13: 9781841480329
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Many Ways: How Families Practice Their Beliefs and Religions

Shelley Rotner (2003), 32 pages
Illustrated by Sheila Kelly
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Multicultural, Nonfiction
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This book shows children that people from other religious groups are just like them in many ways, despite differences in specific religious beliefs, prayers, and places of worship.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0761328734
ISBN-13: 9780761328735
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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Doreen Rappaport (2001), 30 pages
Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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In this historic book, 'Martin's Big Words', the author, Doreen Rappaport, simply and dynamically shows us how Dr. Martin Luther King used powerful words to change the world. He transformed people's heart as he spoke of: Freedom, Peace, Together, Love, and Courage. Bryan Collier's dynamic and realistic illustrations also give readers a true sense of history with the inspiration to follow Dr. Martin Luther's example to 'Have a Dream' of their own.
Similar authors: Pat McKissack; Mary Kay Carson; Kitson Jazynka; Barbara M. Linde; Shane Evans
Similar books: Martin Luther King, Jr: Civil Rights Leader by Pat McKissack; Belle, The Last Mule At Gee's Bend: A Civil Rights Story by Calvin A. Ramsey; What Was Your Dream, Dr. King?: And Other Questions about Martin Luther King, Jr. by Mary Kay Carson
Awards won: Caldecott Honor Book 2002
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/29/2013
ISBN-10: 078682591X
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Million Shades of Gray

Cynthia Kadohata (2010), 224 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Animal, Historical, Multicultural
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It's 1975 and Y'Tin lives in Viet Nam with his Dega family. At 13, Y'Tin is the youngest elephant handler in the village. He is also the best. He dreams of spending his whole life with the elephants and maybe someday opening a school so he can teach other Dega how to train wild elephants. But the war has a way of dashing peoples dreams. The Americans leave Viet Nam and without their protection, the North Vietnamese overrun the Dega villages. Y'Tin's life changes forever as he deparately tries to save his family and his beloved elephants.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 9/7/2012
ISBN-10: 1416918833
ISBN-13: 9781416918837
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