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Some Fiction Global Literature at Estabrook
I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada; Elivia Savadier (Illustrator)
Call Number: E ADA
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
Saturdays and Sundays are very special days for the child in this story. On Saturdays, she visits Grandma and Grandpa, who come from a European-American background, and on Sundays -- los domingos -- she visits Abuelito y Abuelita, who are Mexican-American. While the two sets of grandparents are different in many ways, they also have a great deal in common -- in particular, their love for their granddaughter. While we follow our narrator to the circus and the pier, share stories from her grandparents' pasts, and celebrate her birthday, the depth and joy of both cultures are conveyed in Spanish and English. This affirmation of both heritages will speak to all children who want to know more about their own families and ethnic backgrounds.
Firebird by Misty Copeland; Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
Call Number: E COP
Publication Date: 2014-09-04
In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De la Peña; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
Call Number: E DE
Publication Date: 2015-01-08
Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them. This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.
Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle; Rafael López (Illustrator)
Call Number: E ENG
Publication Date: 2015-03-31
Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule--until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided thatboth girls and boys should be free to drum and dream. Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers,Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.
How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman; Allen Say (Illustrator)
Call Number: E FRI
Publication Date: 1984-09-24
An American sailor courts a young Japanese woman and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating.
The Day of Ahmed's Secret by Florence Parry Heide; Judith Heide Gilliland
Call Number: E HEI
Publication Date: 1990-08-01
Ahmed, a young boy in present-day Cairo, has a job delivering bottled gas.
Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde; Jing Jing Tsong (Illustrator)
Call Number: E HYD
Publication Date: 2015-08-01
Fleeing the Holocaust in Europe, Marcus moves with his family from Berlin to Shanghai, where he doubts this unfamiliar city will ever feel like home. But with help from his new friend Liang, and the answers to a rabbi's riddle, Marcus sets out to build a unique sukkah in time for the harvest festival of Sukkot.
Two Mrs. Gibsons by Toyomi Igus; Daryl Wells (Illustrator)
Call Number: E IGU
Publication Date: 1996-04-01
The daughter of an African American father and a Japanese mother fondly recalls growing up with her mother and her father's mother, two very different but equally loving women.
A Taste of Freedom by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel; Guiliano Ferri (Illustrator)
Call Number: E KIM
Publication Date: 2014-02-11
No one ever forgets their first taste of freedom. Gandhi's famous Salt March shook the foundations of the British Empire and the world, showing the strength of a people united in peace to fight for freedom. Gandhi's march had a significant effect on changing world and British attitudes towards Indian independence, and inspired the use of non-violence in other protest movements, like the US Civil Right movement.
I See the Sun in China by Dedie King; Judith Inglese (Illustrator); Yan Zhang (Translator)
Call Number: E KIN
Publication Date: 2010-10-01
Readers follow a young girl as she travels from a small town in China to the city of Shanghai to spend time with her aunt. The unspoken message of this book is the movement from the old to the new, while still maintaining some connections with the past. It depicts some of the many choices available in China today, and the drive to be successful in a modern world. The story provides a unique introduction to the culture, family life and language of China in a way that is age-appropriate and sensitive to the true environment. Children will be able to recognize the similarities as well as the differences between their own culture and the culture of modern China. Written in both English and Mandarin Chinese.
Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar; Troy Cummings (Illustrator)
Call Number: E LAZ
Publication Date: 2015-10-27
Little Red Riding Hood straps on ice skates in this fractured fairy tale! A figure-skating enthusiast, Little Red has worn out her skates and must win a pairs competition to earn new ones. But who will be her partner? The Dish is already skating with the Spoon, and Hansel has Gretel. You won't believe what big eyes, sharp teeth, and furry paws her partner has . . . all the better to spin her with!
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
Call Number: E LEV
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. When Henry grows up and marries, he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday - his first day of freedom.
The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin (Illustrator)
Call Number: E LIN
Publication Date: 2001-07-01
The neighbors' gardens look so much prettier and so much more inviting to the young gardener than the garden of "black-purple-green vines, fuzzy wrinkled leaves, prickly stems, and a few little yellow flowers" that she and her mother grow. Nevertheless, mother assures her that "these are better than flowers." Come harvest time, everyone agrees as those ugly Chinese vegetables become the tastiest, most aromatic soup they have ever known. As the neighborhood comes together to share flowers and ugly vegetable soup, the young gardener learns that regardless of appearances, everything has its own beauty and purpose.
Mama's Saris by Pooja Makhijani; Elena Gomez (Illustrator)
Call Number: E MAK
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
When a seven-year-old girl eyes her mother's suitcase full of gorgeous silk, cotton & embroidered saris she decides that she too should wear one, even though she is too young for such clothing. Her mother tells her no, but soon realises how important it is for her little girl to feel like a big girl.
Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier; Lori Lohstoeter (Illustrator)
Call Number: E MCB
Publication Date: 2001-02-01
More than anything, Beatrice longs to be a schoolgirl. But in her small African village, only children who can afford uniforms and books can go to school. Beatrice knows that with six children to care for, her family is much too poor. But then Beatrice receives a wonderful gift from some people far away -- a goat! Fat and sleek as a ripe mango, Mugisa (which means "luck") gives milk that Beatrice can sell. With Mugisa's help, it looks as if Beatrice's dream may come true after all. Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter beautifully recount this true story about how one child, given the right tools, is able to lift her family out of poverty.
Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon (Illustrator)
Call Number: E MES
Publication Date: 2013-02-19
Come along with one little boy and his grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, as he learns about baseball and its rich, varying cultural traditions. This debut picture book from Aaron Meshon is a home run—don’t be surprised if the vivid illustrations and energetic text leave you shouting, “LET’S PLAY YAKYU!”
One Hen by Katie Smith Milway; Eugenie Fernandes (Illustrator)
Call Number: E MIL
Publication Date: 2008-02-01
Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many. After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen. A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo's farm grows to become the largest in the region. Kojo's story is inspired by the life of Kwabena Darko, who as a boy started a tiny poultry farm just like Kojo's, which later grew to be the largest in Ghana, and one of the largest in west Africa. Kwabena also started a trust that gives out small loans to people who cannot get a loan from a bank.
Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye; Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
Call Number: E NYE
Publication Date: 1994-03-01
A small American girl misses her sitti -- Arabic for grandmother -- who lives at home in her Palestinian village.
A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz; Catia Chien (Illustrator)
Call Number: E RAB
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
Alan loves animals, but the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo makes him sad. Why are they all alone in empty cages? Are they being punished? More than anything, he wants to be their champion--their voice--but he stutters uncontrollably. Except when he talks to animals... Then he is fluent.
Katie's Trunk by Ann Warren Turner; Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
Call Number: E TUR
Publication Date: 1992-09-30
Katie, whose family is not sympathetic to the rebel soldiers during the American Revolution, hides under the clothes in her mother's wedding trunk when they invade her home.
Good Luck Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke; Lauren Tobia (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC ATI
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She can't wait to fly across the world and visit her Granny in Canada. But can she find warm clothes for the cold weather? And will her family even miss her?
The No. 1 Car Spotter by Atinuke; Warwick Johnson Cadwell (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC ATI
Publication Date: 2011-06-15
Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is Number 1. He's the Number 1 car spotter in his village.The Number 1 car spotter in the world! The start of an exciting new series about the irresistible Number 1, whose hobby is car spotting, but who is good at solving all sorts of problems for his village.
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Call Number: FIC BAP
Publication Date: 2015-04-28
Corinne knows that jumbies aren't real; they're just creatures parents make up to frighten their children. But on All Hallows' Eve, Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden woods. Those shining yellow eyes that follow her to the edge of the trees, they couldn't belong to a jumbie. Or could they? Corinne begins to notice odd occurrences after that night. First she spots a beautiful stranger speaking to the town witch at the market. Then this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne's house, cooking dinner for her father. Danger is in the air. Sure enough, bewitching Corinne's father is the first step in Severine's plan to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and ancient magic to stop Severine and to save her island home.
Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes
Call Number: FIC CER
Publication Date: 2015-04-28
When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing adoption advertisements. Her flyers help the cats and dogs there find their forever homes: places where they'll be loved and cared for, no matter what. Gaby is in need of a forever home herself. Her mother has recently been deported to Honduras and Gaby doesn't know where to turn. Meanwhile, Gaby's favorite shelter cat, Feather, needs a new place to live. Gaby would love to adopt her-- but if Gaby doesn't have a place that feels like home to her, how can she help Feather?
The Year of the Fortune Cookie by Andrea Cheng; Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC CHE
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
Eleven-year-old Anna heads off to sixth grade, leaving the comfort and familiarity of elementary school behind and entering the larger, more complex world of middle school. Surrounded by classmates who have their roots all in America, Anna begins to feel out of place and wonders where she really belongs. When Anna takes a trip to China, she not only explores a new country and culture, but finds answers to her questions about whether she is more Chinese or more American.
Three Names of Me by Mary Cummings; Lin Wang (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC CUM
Publication Date: 2006-01-01
Ada has three names. Wang Bin is what the caregivers called her at her Chinese orphanage. Ada is the name her American parents gave her. And there is a third name, a name the infant Ada only heard whispered by her Chinese mother.
Hereville by Barry Deutsch; Hansen Literary Agency Staff
Call Number: FIC DEU
Publication Date: 2010-11-01
Spunky, strong-willed eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg isn't interested in knitting lessons from her stepmother, or how-to-find-a-husband advice from her sister, or you-better-not warnings from her brother. There's only one thing she does want: to fight dragons! Granted, no dragons have been breathing fire around Hereville, the Orthodox Jewish community where Mirka lives, but that doesn't stop the plucky girl from honing her skills. She fearlessly stands up to local bullies. She battles a very large, very menacing pig. And she boldly accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, a challenge that could bring Mirka her heart's desire: a dragon-slaying sword! All she has to do is find--and outwit--the giant troll who's got it! A delightful mix of fantasy, adventure, cultural traditions, and preteen commotion,
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
Call Number: FIC LIN
Publication Date: 2005-12-20
The story of young Pacy who, as she celebrates the Chinese New Year with her family, discovers this is the year she is supposed to "find herself."
Drita, My Homegirl by Jenny Lombard
Call Number: FIC LOM
Publication Date: 2006-03-16
When ten-year-old Drita and her family, refugees from Kosovo, move to New York, Drita is teased about not speaking English well, but after a popular student named Maxine is forced to learn about Kosovo as a punishment for teasing Drita, the two girls soon bond.
Alvin Ho by Lenore Look; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC LOO
Publication Date: 2014-08-05
Alvin, an Asian American second grader who's afraid of everything, is taking his fears to a whole new level--or should we say, continent. On a trip to introduce brand-new baby Ho to relatives in China, Alvin's anxiety is at fever pitch. First there's the harrowing 16-hour plane ride; then there's a whole slew of cultural differences to contend with: eating lunch food for breakfast, kung fu lessons, and acupuncture treatment (yikes!). Not to mention the crowds that make it easy for a small boy to get lost.
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
Call Number: FIC NYE
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
The story of Aref Al-Amri, who must say good-bye to everything and everyone he loves in his hometown of Muscat, Oman, as his family prepares to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins; Jamie Hogan (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC PER
Publication Date: 2015-04-14
"One of the new tiger cubs has escaped from the reserve!" When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel's island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub's anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching--he wants to sell the cub's body parts on the black market. Neel and his sister, Rupa, resolve to find the cub first and bring her back to the reserve where she belongs. The hunt for the cub interrupts Neel's preparations for an exam to win a prestigious scholarship at a boarding school far from home. Neel doesn't mind--he dreads the exam and would rather stay on his beloved island in the Sunderbans of West Bengal with his family and friends. But through his encounter with the cub, Neil learns that sometimes you have to take risks to preserve what you love. And sometimes you have to sacrifice the present for the chance to improve the future.
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Call Number: FIC RYA
Publication Date: 2015-02-24
Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.
Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith; Jim Madsen (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC SMI
Publication Date: 2002-04-02
What do Indian shoes look like, anyway? Like beautiful beaded moccasins...or hightops with bright orange shoelaces? Ray Halfmoon prefers hightops, but he gladly trades them for a nice pair of moccasins for his Grampa. After all, it's Grampa Halfmoon who's always there to help Ray get in and out of scrapes -- like the time they are forced to get creative after a homemade haircut makes Ray's head look like a lawn-mowing accident. This collection of interrelated stories is heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny. Cynthia Leitich Smith writes with wit and candor about what it's like to grow up as a Seminole-Cherokee boy who is just as happy pounding the pavement in windy Chicago as rowing on a lake in rural Oklahoma.
Shu-Li and Tamara by Paul Yee; Shaoli Wang (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC YEE
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
This contemporary story of the true friendship between two girls is set in Vancouver's Commercial Drive neighborhood. Shu-Li's parents run a local Chinese deli and much of the story revolves around food. There is a helpful compendium of recipes at the end of the book for kids to try out. Beautifully illustrated throughout with line drawings.
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