Theme: Oral Traditions

Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Cuban American, Latino, Theme: Bilingual, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Identity, Theme: Oral Traditions | Comments Off on Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá

Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando con la Canción de Mamá By Laura Lacamara Illustrated by Yuyi Morales Published by Harper Collins Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “…filled with whimsy and humor about the power of voice and family.” –Kirkus Reviews   Description Anita comes home from school on her seventh birthday to find her mother singing opera and floating in the air. Outside, her dog, Tito, is also floating. “‘It’s been happening all day, every time I sing!'” says Mama. Then Anita realizes that everyone who hears the music...

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Uncle Rain Cloud

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Ages 06 and up, Central America, Mexican American, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Oral Traditions | Comments Off on Uncle Rain Cloud

Uncle Rain Cloud

Uncle Rain Cloud By Tony Johnston Illustrated by Fabricio Vandenbroeck Published by Charlesbridge Publishers “This concise tale about bridging cultures, languages, and generations will strike a chord with many children who are both learning English and translating for their families. The sensitive telling may also help monolingual children understand their classmates who are in that situation.” –Ann Welton, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Uncle Tomàs looks after Carlos, whose hard-working parents get home late. He captivates...

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Journey of Dreams

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Ages 11 and up, Central America, Guatemala, Guatemalan, Mexico, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Oral Traditions, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Journey of Dreams

Journey of Dreams

Journey of Dreams By Marge Pellegrino Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books “This novel will captivate both Latin American survivors of civil war and their peers. Outstanding.” –Kirkus Reviews “the plot’s twists and turns…exemplify the lives of ordinary people caught up in horrific times and circumstances.” –Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description For the peaceful highlanders of Guatemala, life has become a nightmare. Helicopters slash like machetes through the once-quiet air. Soldiers...

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The Story of a Pumpkin

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Ages 04 and up, Asian (South), Bhutan, Bhutanese Nepali, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Oral Traditions | Comments Off on The Story of a Pumpkin

The Story of a Pumpkin

The Story of A Pumpkin By Hari Tiwari Illustrated by Dal Rai Published by New Hampshire Humanities Council *Available in September 2012 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description The tale begins: One day, a woman planted a pumpkin seed. It grew and the plant bore fruit. When the pumpkin was young, the woman went to pick it. The pumpkin said, “Don’t pick me now. I’m too young. Let me stay here a while to mature, and I will come to the house by myself.” The woman was surprised that the pumpkin she planted had begun to talk. But she did not pick it. The pumpkin shortly...

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