WOW Review: Reading Across Cultures

Volume 3, Issue 1

WOW Review is an electronic journal of critical reviews on children’s and adolescent literature that highlight intercultural understanding and global perspectives.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Editor’s Note
Janelle B. Mathis

Across the Nightingale Floor
Written by Lian Hearn

Bamboo People
Written by Mitali Perkins

The Black Book of Colors
Written by Menena Cottin, Illustrated by Rosana Farla, Translated by Elisa Amado

The Firefly Letters
Written By Margarita Engle

Fly Free!
Written by Roseanne Thong, Illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan

The Good Garden
Written by Katie Smith Milway, Illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault

Monsoon Afternoon
Written by Kashmira Sheth, Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi

A Step from Heaven
Written by An Na

The White Swan Express: A Story about Adoption
Written by Jean Davies Okimoto and Elaine M. Aoki, Illustrated by Meilo So


Barbara Thompson Book, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN
Deanna Day, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
Michele M. Ebersole, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii
Prisca Martens, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA
Avis M. Masuda, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii
Janelle B. Mathis, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Heather Neal, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
Marilyn Russell, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
Kathy G. Short, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Janelle B. Mathis, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Production Editor:
Richard Clift

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  4. Alyssa says:

    This book sounds like I would enjoy it. When I first started reading about it, I thought it was going to remind me of KIRA-KIRA. That book also mixes her native language into the text, but it flows enough that you can too usually figure out what it means through context. For this book, I would like the “aha” chapter titles and the complexity of the circle element. It’s also a good book to add to any collection as it’s always nice to be culturally diverse with your collection.

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