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What’s Your Story

What’s Your Story is set against the backdrop of the First Settlement of Australia.  It describes the friendship of a little orphan boy from England, Leonard, and the friendship he strikes with a little Aboriginal girl called Milba. See the review at WOW Review, Volume 7, Issue 1

Other Descriptors: Australia, Fiction » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

A new version of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a tin soldier who falls in love with a ballerina. As in the original story, the tin soldier’s love for the beautiful ballerina is thwarted by a goblin. The tin soldier is separated from the other toys and washed down a sewer, where […]

Other Descriptors: Nordic, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Underworld: Exploring the Secret World Beneath Your Feet

With the intriguing idea of exploring what lies below the surface of the Earth as its broad theme, this fascinating book cleverly dices up the subject into small, more manageable pieces ready to be devoured by young readers, particularly boys. The basics are covered in detail, such as the physical properties of the Earth’s crust […]

Other Descriptors: information book, Intermediate (ages 9-14), International, Nonfiction » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

Pay It Forward Kids

In Pay It Forward Kids, readers will meet ordinary kids from across North America who have done extraordinary things, all on their own initiatives. They have set out to “pay it forward” to someone else, with astonishing results. The ripple effect of their deeds have inspired others to join their causes, and in some cases, […]

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Santiago Stays

Santiago stays. He does not budge when offered a walk. He does not budge when offered a treat. Not even a hamburger can lure this stubborn French bulldog away from his post, much to the disappointment of the little boy trying to engage him. When the boy’s frustration bubbles over into a yell, it wakes […]

Other Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Fiction, Mexico, Picture Book » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Don’t Say A Word, Mamá

Mamá says she has the best daughters in the world. The two women live near their mother—Rosa with her husband and children, Blanca by herself. They both have flourishing gardens. Rosa and Blanca are so generous and kind and thoughtful—well, everyone, including Mamá, ends up with too much corn, tomatoes, and red hot chiles.

Other Descriptors: Fiction, Mexico, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South. Since then, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Other Descriptors: Historical Fiction, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9), United States of America » Themes: , , , » 1 Comment

What If…?

What if Joe doesn’t like the party he’s going to? What if he doesn’t like the food or the games or the people? As Joe and his mom walk down the darkening street, Joe’s imagination starts to run wild. And as they search for the right place, he wonders “what if . . .” at […]

Other Descriptors: England (UK), Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

A Bucket Of Blessings

Near a majestic mountain in a vast jungle with many mango trees, it has not rained for weeks and weeks. The village well and pond are dry. Monkey and his friends look everywhere for water, but they have no luck. And then Monkey remembers a story his mama used to tell him, a story about […]

Other Descriptors: Fiction, Folklore, India, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

Soccer Star

When Paulo Marcelo Feliciano becomes a soccer star, crowds will cheer his famous name! Then his mother won’t have to work long hours, and he won’t have to work all day on a fishing boat. For now, Paulo takes care of his little sister Maria (she teaches him reading, he teaches her soccer moves) and […]

Other Descriptors: Brazil, Fiction, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment
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