Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic

Posted Sep 22 2016 - 1:09pm
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Wordy. Illustrations are all painted on ceramic plates and then photographed. They look like they're from the 50s for some reason to me. Apparently nobody in Illinois used to eat soybeans? So a farmer was growing some for his pigs, and a Chinese-American family comes and gets some from him and has a picnic that grows larger every year with other Chinese-American families.

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Cultural traditions are important.

Hansel and Gretel

Posted Sep 22 2016 - 1:09pm
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Wow, not even a stepmother but their actual mother leaves them in the woods. This illustrator can't draw children's faces. Traditional tale, except when the children leave the cottage they loot it of a bunch of precious jewels, and by the time they return home their evil mother has died.

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Working Cotton

Posted Sep 22 2016 - 1:09pm
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Written in dialect. Comes out better than the Duke Ellington book. About a young girl and her family going to pick cotton.

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Historical fiction.

It Could Always Be Worse

Posted Sep 22 2016 - 1:09pm
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Yiddish folk tale. Interesting moral. A man has a huge family cramped and fighting in a small house and complains to the rabbi, who tells him to keep bringing larger and larger animals inside with the family. At the end, when he tells him to let the animals back out again, the house seems so roomy that they are happy.

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It could always be worse.

Time Flies

Posted Sep 22 2016 - 1:09pm
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Wordless book. A bird in a museum flying by dino skeletons goes back in time, gets eaten by a dinosaur, but then forward so it's a skeleton again.

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Teaches about dinosaurs

Noah's Ark

Posted Sep 22 2016 - 1:09pm
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Wordless except for a poem at the beginning. Cute, I guess, if you like this sort of thing.

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The story of Noah's Ark.

Free Fall

Posted Sep 22 2016 - 1:09pm
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Wordless. Gorgeous dreamlike illustrations. A boy falls asleep reading, and dreams about surreal things.

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Reading is cool.

Journey

Posted Sep 22 2016 - 1:09pm
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Wordless. Kind of an older-kid version of Harold and the Purple Crayon, where a girl draws a door into a fantastical world, and ends up making a friend.

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Imagination is powerful.

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