Journey

September 22, 2016
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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.

Message: 

Imagination is powerful.

Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic

September 22, 2016
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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

September 22, 2016
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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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None.

Working Cotton

September 22, 2016
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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.

Message: 

Historical fiction.

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