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  • My Name Is Parvana by Deborah Ellis
    My Name Is Parvana (English, Paperback) Deborah Ellis

    In post-Taliban Afghanistan, Parvana is held on a U.S. military base and interrogated as a possible terrorist, reflecting on the previous four years of her life she spent with her mother and sisters while she waits to learn her fate.

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  • Read Me a Story, Stella by Marie-Louise Gay
    Read Me a Story, Stella (English, Hardback) Marie-Louise Gay

    In this lovely addition to Marie-Louise Gay's renowned Stella series, Stella introduces little brother Sam to the pleasures of reading. Sam is as busy and worried as ever, and Stella almost always has her nose in a book these days, but she finds time to help him out, while sharing her new pastime with contagious enthusiasm. Sam has gathered a wagonload of branches to build a doghouse for Fred, and he wonders if the book Stella is reading tells you how to make one. It doesn't (although it is very funny), but Stella is more than willing to give Sam a hand. As soon as the doghouse is built though, Sam worries that a wolf might come along and blow it down. Stella breezily banishes his fears, suggesting a picnic at Lily Pond. Stella cools her feet in the water, reading a story, while Sam tries to catch a frog. Are there frogs in Stella's book, he wonders. No, Stella tells him, but there is a toad wearing a velvet jacket? With her characteristically light touch, Marie-Louise Gay imparts the pleasures and importance of reading to her young audience, whether it be humor, fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Her detailed, beautifully rendered and often-amusing watercolor illustrations (spot the tiny bunny reading a book!) show yet again that Marie-Louise Gay is one of the very best artists creating picture books today.

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  • Stephen and the Beetle by Jorge Elias Lujan
    Stephen and the Beetle (English, Hardback) Jorge Elias Lujan, Chiara Carrer

    When Stephen spots a beetle he takes off his shoe and raises his arm, ready to strike? but then he has second thoughts. He lays his head down on the ground and the beetle walks right up to him. At the last moment the beetle turns aside and each can go on with the day, having avoided the worst. In this very simple story Jorge Luján presents the kind of deep moral questions that can occur even in the smallest child's day. Chiara Carrer's very original etched and painted illustrations perfectly complement the story, and are in and of themselves beautiful works of art.

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  • Lessons from Mother Earth by Elaine McLeod
    Lessons from Mother Earth (English, Paperback) Elaine McLeod, Colleen Wood

    Tess has visited her grandmother many times without really being aware of the garden. But today they step outside the door and Tess learns that all of nature can be a garden. And if you take care of the plants that are growing, if you learn about them ? understanding when they flower, when they give fruit, and when to leave them alone ? you will always find something to nourish you. At the end of their day Tess is thankful to Mother Earth for having such a lovely garden, and she is thankful to have such a wise grandma.

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  • Guru Nanak by Rina Singh
    Guru Nanak (English, Hardback) Rina Singh

    In this biography, exquisitely illustrated in the Indian miniature painting tradition, young readers learn about Guru Nanak's life, his spiritual journeys in which he spread his divine message from the Himalayas to present-day Sri Lanka to Mecca, and his teachings as expressed through his daily life and his poetry. Born into a humble Hindu family, Nanak was an extraordinary child who from a very young age questioned the rituals of religion and the ways of the world around him. He grew up to be a great spiritual teacher and revolutionary for his times. His attempt to define a universal humanity resulted in Sikhism ? a religion that embraces everyone. Singh's version of the guru's life is based on the janam sakhis (birth stories) as well as the Sikh scriptures.

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  • Ticket to Curlew by Celia Barker Lottridge
    Ticket to Curlew (English, Paperback) Celia Barker Lottridge

    It is 1915. Endless stretches of grassland against a boundless sky are all Sam Ferrier sees when he and his father arrive in Curlew, Alberta, to build a new house for their family. He wonders why his restless father would move them to this lonely, barren place, so different from Iowa. But after the house gets built and the family joins them, Sam gradually discovers that there is much more to the prairie than he realized. The tall grasses hide a mysterious collection of gleaming white skulls. Torrential thunderstorms appear with startling swiftness out of a clear-blue sky. And when one day he finds that his little brother has suddenly disappeared, Sam discovers that this new land can be both awesome and terrifying. Young readers join the Ferriers as they learn to survive the prairie's brutal winters and devastating isolation and as Sam makes new friends with a brave and resourceful horse named Prince.

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  • When Stella Was Very, Very Small by Marie-Louise Gay
    When Stella Was Very, Very Small (English, Paperback) Marie-Louise Gay

    When Stella was small she thought she was a turtle, that trees could talk, and that words were like ants running off the pages of her books. She couldn't tie her shoes, but she could survive a wild sandstorm. Marie-Louise Gay has gone back in time to answer the questions often asked by the children who read and love her Stella books. Although she didn't know what she would find when she started to explore Stella's childhood, she soon realized that when Stella was very small, she saw the world in her own unique way ? with wonder, curiosity and the sense that everything is possible. And when Sam came along, what could be more natural than to try to pass this sense of wonder on to him? A story of a lovely, tiny Stella, whose world is full of small adventures and slivers of magic.

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  • Work by Kellen Hatanaka
    Work (English, Hardback) Kellen Hatanaka

    Introduces the alphabet with artwork that depicts a range of careers, from aviator to zookeeper.

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  • Just So Stories, Volume II by Rudyard Kipling
    Just So Stories, Volume II (English, Hardback) Rudyard Kipling, Ian Wallace

    Presents the second volume of the classic short story collection with new illustrations, including the tales "The Butterfly That Stamped" and "How the Alphabet Was Made."

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  • A Year Without Mom by Dasha Tolstikova
    A Year Without Mom (English, Hardback) Dasha Tolstikova

    A Year Without Mom follows 12-year-old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America. It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air. But Dasha is more worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother. Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is to join her mother in America ?...

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  • The Menino by Isol N/A
    The Menino (English, Hardback) Isol N/A

    A book for babies and their parents about the whole new world that they both encounter when the baby arrives....

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  • Good Night, Commander by Ahmad Akbarpour
    Good Night, Commander (English, Hardback) Ahmad Akbarpour, Morteza Zahedi

    The Commander has lost his mother and one of his legs in the Iran-Iraq war. Now he spends most of his time alone in his room where he recreates the conflict with an imaginary enemy and soldiers, trying to avenge his losses. His father urges him to take off his artificial leg when he is at home, to join his uncles and aunties who have arrived for dinner. But when he does, he finds out that they are all about to go off to meet his "new mother." Back in his room the imaginary war continues, and he confronts an enemy soldier who is also missing a limb. A battle seems inevitable until The Commander offers the enemy his artificial leg.

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  • Slavery Today by Kevin Bales
    Slavery Today (English, Paperback) Kevin Bales, Rebecca Cornell

    Forced to work in back-breaking, under- or unpaid jobs from agricultural work to prostitution, slaves today ? men and women, old and young ? are trapped in the same spiral of brutality and control they have endured for centuries, with one crucial difference: a collapse in the price of human beings. Globalization, governmental corruption, and the population explosion have thrust billions of people into the pool of potential slaves. This huge surplus of impoverished people has pushed the human price tag to only $100, the cost of a pair of ?designer? jeans. This means that it's worse to be a slave today than ever before. Slavery Today traces the "products" created by this inhuman system from the jungle and farm through the global markets and into our lives and homes. It addresses the controversies over prostitution and the buying back of slaves while presenting solutions and ways readers can get involved in the growing global anti-slavery movement.

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  • What There Is Before There Is Anything There by Liniers
    What There Is Before There Is Anything There (English, Hardback) Liniers

    A boy who is afraid of the dark waits anxiously in bed for the strange creatures that visit him every night to descend from the ceiling, before discovering that even his parents' bed is not safe.

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  • The Cat at the Wall by Deborah Ellis
    The Cat at the Wall (English, Hardback) Deborah Ellis

    When normal American middle-school student Clare dies and comes back as a cat in the middle of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, she wonders if she should even try to do what she can to help since, after all, she is just a cat.

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  • Nocturne by Isol
    Nocturne (English, Hardback) Isol

    Nocturne: Dream Recipes is a unique bedtime book that hints at the magic inherent in dreaming. Twelve glow-in-the dark pictures present possible inspirations for a night in which the hidden world becomes visible. Just choose a dream from among the pictures and descriptions in the book, and then turn off the light to see a surprising glow-in-the-dark image. Included are dreams such as the dream of going far away, the boring book dream, the dream of the cat who smelled the tuna casserole, and even the drawn dream (which children can create themselves). Once again Isol's extraordinary creativity and humor have produced a truly wonderful, very original book. Excerpt (from the back cover): A boring dream is a waste of a night! In this book you will find adventurous dreams, silly dreams, funny dreams, even slightly scary dreams. All you have to do is follow these instructions: Choose one of the dreams in the book after reading the titles and looking at the pictures. Before you go to sleep, open the book to the dream you've chosen, and place it on your night table under a bright light. Make sure you can see the picture when you are lying down. Turn out the light! You will see the luminous traces that the dream left behind on the page. Look for as long as you like, then close your eyes and follow the dream to its hiding place. This glow-in-the-dark book will make sure that no night is wasted. Sweet dreams!

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  • Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt
    Jane, the Fox & Me (English, Hardback) Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault

    Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and lies ? Hélène weighs 216; she smells like BO. Her loving mother is too tired to be any help. Fortunately, Hélène has one consolation, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Hélène identifies strongly with Jane's tribulations, and when she is lost in the pages of this wonderful book, she is able to ignore her tormentors. But when Hélène is humiliated on a class trip in front of her entire grade, she needs more than a fictional character to allow her to see herself as a person deserving of laughter and friendship. Leaving the outcasts' tent one night, Hélène encounters a fox, a beautiful creature with whom she shares a moment of connection. But when Suzanne Lipsky frightens the fox away, insisting that it must be rabid, Hélène's despair becomes even more pronounced: now she believes that only a diseased and dangerous creature would ever voluntarily approach her. But then a new girl joins the outcasts' circle, Géraldine, who does not even appear to notice that she is in danger of becoming an outcast herself. And before long Hélène realizes that the less time she spends worrying about what the other girls say is wrong with her, the more able she is to believe that there is nothing wrong at all. This emotionally honest and visually stunning graphic novel reveals the casual brutality of which children are capable, but also assures readers that redemption can be found through connecting with another, whether the other is a friend, a fictional character or even, amazingly, a fox.

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  • Amazonia by Daniel Munduruku
    Amazonia (English, Hardback) Daniel Munduruku, Nikolai Popov

    Amazonia is an extraordinary book of Brazilian folk tales that combines the authentic voice of Munduruku, an Indian who grew up in the Amazon rainforest, with the imagined Amazon of Russia's foremost children's book illustrator. Mermaids, serpents, tigers, snakes, flying men, witches ? extraordinary creatures from the world's most important jungle live on in these tales. The stories are fascinating, and sometimes startling, as protagonists are killed off or transformed into animals ? or rise up precipitously into the heavens. More than just rollicking adventures, they offer a panorama of experience ? conflict and death, love and seduction, greed and gluttony, hunting and fishing, cooking and caring for plants ? and describe the origins of the natural world. Munduruku's storytelling and Popov's imagination bring us the tales of the people of the Amazon in all their magic wonder.

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  • Popol Vuh by Victor Montejo
    Popol Vuh (English, Paperback) Victor Montejo, Luis Garay

    The Mayans have long fascinated modern readers with their complex written language, sophisticated mathematics, and advanced astronomy. In Guatemala in 1558, a young Mayan K'iche' man transcribed what he called a sacred book that ?we can no longer see.? This was the Popul Vuh, the Mayans' written account of the creation of the universe, the gods and demi-gods who occupied that universe, and the story of how man was created by them. Furthermore, it traced, generation by generation, the lineage of the Mayan lords down to their imprisonment and torture by the Spanish invaders. Considered the Mayan bible, the Popol Vuh appears here in an authoritative, gorgeously illustrated version by noted Maya anthropologist Victor Montejo, who has captured all the drama and excitement of one of the world's great creation stories.

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  • Good Night, Sam by Marie-Louise Gay
    Good Night, Sam (English, Paperback) Marie-Louise Gay

    ?Stella,? whispered Sam, ?are you sleeping?? ?Yes,? answered Stella. ?Aren't you?? Sam can't sleep without his beloved dog, Fred. But where could he be? Sam knows that Fred is afraid of the dark, of the monster that lives in the closet and of the giant toad that lurks downstairs. Luckily, Stella is there to reassure Sam as they search everywhere. Marie-Louise Gay's delicate watercolors, full of expression and humor, complement this delightful story.

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