The Chicken of the Family

September 22, 2016
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What. The younger sister of three girls is teased by her two elder sisters, who tell her she is really a chicken. so she runs away to the farm and tries to live with the chickens, who treat her better than her sisters, one of whom joins her.

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Sometimes siblings are jerks.

Harlem

September 22, 2016
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Wonderful collage and mixed-media art. A long poem discussing Harlem as a place where anyone can succeed regardless of the color of their skin.

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Don't discriminate.

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.

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Historical fiction.

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