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Cow-Tail Switch: And Other West African Stories

Harold Courlander (1987), 160 pages
Illustrated by Madye Lee Chastain
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Folklore, Multicultural
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These 17 folktales from West Africa each have a moral or a humorous twist at the end. Some of them are funny, while others are intended to make you think. Read these well-written and engaging tales to learn some of the stories that West Africans have been sharing with each other for generations.
Awards won: Newbery Honor book 1948
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 9/9/2011
ISBN-10: 0805002987
ISBN-13: 9780805002980
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Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin

Duncan Tonatiuh (2010), 32 pages
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Multicultural, Picture Books
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Charlie and Carlitos are cousins (primos). Charlie lives in America, plays basketball with his friends and loves pizza. Carlitos lives in Mexico, plays futbol at recess, and likes quesadillas. They begin writing letters to each other describing their lives. Read Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin to see just how much they have in common.
Similar authors: Arthur Dorros
Similar books: Abuela
Awards nominated: Monarch Award
Reviewed by: Rosario
Date read: 4/15/2014
ISBN-10: 0810938723
ISBN-13: 9780810938724
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Diwali

Trudi Strain Trueit (2006), 32 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Multicultural, Nonfiction
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This colorful Rookie Read-About Holidays explains the holiday of Diwali in an appropriate way for first and second graders to understand, and enjoy. The word 'Diwali' means row of lights, and marks the beginning of the Hindu year. It takes place in October or November. People celebrate by setting out rows of lights, called diyas. They clean their homes, have big family dinners, and exchange gifts. They buy new clothes to wear to temple, and watch fireworks in the evening. What a great holiday - our 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas rolled into one!
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0531124541
ISBN-13: 9780531124543
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Does My Head Look Big In This?

Randa Abdel-Fattah (2007), 368 pages
Audience: 8th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction
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Like a typical 16-year old, Amal has a crush on a cute boy, likes giggling and eating junk food with her friends, and fights with her parents. She is also an Australian-born Muslim Palestinian and has decided to wear the hijab, the Muslim head-scarf, full time. What will her classmates say? What color scarf best sets off her eyes? Both questions are equally important to Amal. Thought-provoking and funny at the same time, this first novel examines faith, culture, and serious teen issues with style and wit.
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 10/26/2009
ISBN-10: 0439919479
ISBN-13: 9780439919470
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Dog Who Walked with God

Michael Rosen (1998), 40 pages
Illustrated by Stan Fellows
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Folklore, Multicultural, Picture Books
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The Dog Who Walked With God is a beautifully versed retelling of the Creation Story as told by the Kato Indians. A tribe that greatly reveres its dogs explains how the 'Great Traveler' accompanied by his trusted companion, 'Dog' gave life and breath to the void that was the earth. 'The Land, we've made it good, my dog.'
Similar authors: Kristina Rodanas; Jerrie Oughton; Pat Sherman; Paul Goble
Similar books: The Sun's Daughter by Pat Sherman; How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend by Jerrie Oughton; Dragonfly's Tale by Kristina Rodanas; How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet: Native American Animal Origin Stories retold by Gerald Hausman
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/27/2012
ISBN-10: 0763604704
ISBN-13: 9780763604707
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