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Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey

Demi (2004), 40 pages
Illustrated by Demi
Audience: K - 4th Grade
Category: Folklore, Multicultural, Picture Books
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Nasrettin Hoca was a storyteller, teacher and humorist in Turkey in the 1200's A.D. This is one of the stories told about him. Nasrettin Hoca went to a fancy dinner party wearing old worn-out clothes because he did not have time to change. The other guests would not talk to him and the servers would not give him food. He snuck out to go home, get cleaned up and put on his fanciest coat and turban. When he went back to the party in his finery, he was greeted enthusiastically and fed the finest food. Why did he put all of the food inside his coat? Demi's lavish illustrations make the story come alive.
Reviewed by: hap
Date read: 7/23/2010
ISBN-10: 0689846800
ISBN-13: 9780689846809
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I Am Muslim

Jessica Chalfonte (1997), 24 pages
Audience: K - 4th Grade
Category: Multicultural, Nonfiction
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This child-friendly introduction to the Muslim faith teaches about Allah, Muhammad, the Qur'an, mosques, and the five main pillars (or duties) of Islam. It is part of the Religions of the World series.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0823923754
ISBN-13: 9780823923755
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I Lost My Tooth In Africa

Penda Diakite (2006), 32 pages
Illustrated by Baba Wague Diakite
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Multicultural, Picture Books
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A young girl, visiting Mali for the first time, can't wait for her loose tooth to fall out. Her father tells her that the African tooth fairy will give her a chicken for it. The tooth finally falls out, and she puts it under a calabash and waits for her chicken. This story is full of the girl's new experiences as she visits her African family.
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 5/19/2009
ISBN-10: 0439662265
ISBN-13: 9780439662260
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I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket

Ed Young (2004), 32 pages
Illustrated by Ed Young
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Multicultural, Picture Books
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In the story, 'I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket' by Ed Young, the author chronicles the life of a family witnessed by Doko, the family basket. Doko, has been an integral part of all the monumental events in this family's life spanning many generations. In this 'simple fable' a small child reminds his family, and the reader, of the preciousness of life.
Similar authors: Demi; Ann Kirn; Shirin Yim Bridges
Similar books: Beauty, Her Basket by Sandra Belton; Circle Unbroken; The Story of a Basket and Its People by Margot Theis Raven; Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges; The Greatest Treasure by Demi
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/15/2011
ISBN-10: 0399236252
ISBN-13: 9780399236259
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Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution

Laurie Halse Anderson (2008), 40 pages
Illustrated by Matt Faulkner
Audience: 1st Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Especially for Girls, Historical, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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When you read your history books, you might think that all of the spies, heroes, and warriors who led and fought in the American Revolutionary War were men, but that just isn't true! This book combines bright pictures, interesting facts, and funny stories to tell the tales of a few of the women who helped make and shape this country. Some of the women crossed enemy lines to deliver important messages, and some wrote essays and newspaper articles supporting the American fight for independence. Some of them even dressed up like soldiers and joined the fighting! If you think that history is boring, think again. These incredible women made a difference, and had an exciting time doing it!
Similar books: Sea Queens by Jane Yolen; Wild Women of the West by Jonah Winter
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 5/14/2012
ISBN-10: 0689858086
ISBN-13: 9780689858086
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