WOW Review: Volume XIV, Issue 1

WOW Review: Reading Across Cultures
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Volume XIV, Issue 1
Fall 2021

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Introduction and Editors’ Note

A diverse group of kids are lead across the cover by a black man over a yellow crosswalk.
All Are Welcome
Written by Alexandra Penfold
Illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

A young boy walks in front of a fence. The reflection in orange shows him holding a girl's hand.
Efrén Divided
Written by Ernesto Cisneros

Two women's faces form the shape of a butterfly, whose wing tails go down into a fire.
Firekeeper’s Daughter
Written by Angeline Boulley

A young girl in a red coat stands in a train station with a suitcase at her feet, holding on to a newspaper.
Hold On to Your Music: The Inspiring Story of the Children of Willesden Lane
Written by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
Adapted by Emil Sher
Illustrated by Sonia Possentini

A young black girl with a large afro and a yellow shirt stands in front of a white background, looking at the viewer.
I Am Enough
Written by Grace Byers
Illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

Two young brown children wear dresses, one with a crown of flowers on his head.
Julián at the Wedding
Written and illustrated by Jessica Love

A young black boy with a yellow green beanie has a pencil tucked behind his ear and cartoon doodles behind him.
Milo Imagines the World
Written by Matt de a Peña
Illustrated by Christian Robinson

A man in rides s bicycle, a young girl in front of the handlebars as they go down a street lined with trees and a traditional Chinese building.
My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder
Written and illustrated by Jun Nie
Translated from French by Edward Gauvin

In front of the sunset, a young girl reaches up to a young boy, who sits on the title.
Orange for the Sunsets
Written by Tina Athaide

A white phonebooth surrounded by white and tan flowers in front of a teal background.
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden
Written by Heather Smith
Illustrated by Rachel Wada

The Proudest Blue book cover features a girl in profile wearing a blue hijab that becomes a sea for a girl in afro-puffs riding in a folded paper boat.
The Proudest Blue
Written by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali
Illustrated by Hatem Aly

A black woman in a yellow dress stands in front of a crowd of silhouettes, singing.
Voices of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
Written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Contributors to this Issue:
Diana Barboza, University of Texas-Arlington
Aretina Cotton, Texas Woman’s University
Sandy Emerson, Texas Woman’s University
Erik Goen, Dallas, TX
Kimberly Griffith, Texas Woman’s University
Ashley Johnson, Texas Woman’s University
Sara Logan, University of Arizona
Brianna Perez, Texas Women University
María Perpetua U. Liwanag, Towson University
Rachel Salas, University of Nevada-Reno
Jessica Salgado, Texas Woman’s University
Monica Schneider, Texas Woman’s University
Brianna Staples, Towson University
Hollie Walters, Arlington ISD
Xiajie Wang, University of Arizona

Susan Corapi, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
María V. Acevedo-Aquino, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Production Editor:
Aika Adamson, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Review Board:
Nojood M. Alsudairi, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Seemi Aziz, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Nancy Hlibok Amann, Arizona School for Deaf and Blind, Tucson, AZ
Kathleen Crawford-McKinney, Wayne State University, Troy, MI
Desiree Cueto, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Michele Ebersole, University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI
Holly Johnson, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Gloria Kauffman, YIES School, Brianza, Italy
Janelle B. Mathis, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Gail Pritchard, Texas A&M University, Bryan, TX
Jean Schroeder, The IDEA School, Tucson, AZ
Tracy Smiles, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
Celeste Trimble, St. Martin’s University, Lacey, WA
Yoo Kyung Sung, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Melissa Wilson, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

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One thought on “WOW Review: Volume XIV, Issue 1

  1. Tom Moats says:

    Thanks you! What an eye opening review!!!! So well written and dedicated to the truth of representing our daily lives, our first thoughts, our judgements. At 70 I reflect back on my life and realized at a younger age that I unknowingly judged sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste from my surroundings and events! It is so rewarding that at an early age our senses can be richly directed from reading these kind of observed stories. Opening our eyes and hearts to knew horizons!

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