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Africans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations
Authors:
Richard B. Lee
Bathseba Opini
Format: Paperback
The ingenuity of African peoples from ancient times to today.

Did you know that aloe vera -- now found in countless products, including sunscreens and soaps -- was first used by Africans? They ground it into powder and used it to treat burns and other skin conditions, and hunters used it to disguise their scent from animals. They also used the nutritious oil from the fruit of the oil palm tree in everything from cooking to medicines to wine. And the marimba, better known to us as the xylophone, is believed to have originated 700 years ago in Mali. Other unique African innovations include the technique of banana leaf art and using horns -- and hairdos! -- to communicate important messages.

Africans Thought of It features descriptive photos and information-packed text that is divided into sections, including:
- Agriculture
- Food
- Medicine
- Music
- Architecture
- Games & Sports

This fourth book in Annick's successful We Thought of It series takes readers on a fascinating journey across the world's second largest continent to discover how aspects of its culture have spread around the globe.
$11.95

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Akissi: Feline Invasion
Authors:
Marguerite Abouet
Mathieu Sapin
Format: Hardcover
Poor Akissi! The neighborhood cats are pursuing her to steal her fish, her little monkey Boubou almost ends up in a frying pan, and she's nothing but a pest to her older brother Fofana, but Akissi is a true adventurer, full of silliness and fun, and nothing will scare her for long!

- Part of the Selection Officielle d'Angoulême 2011 Prize at Europe's largest comics festival.
- By the author of the critically acclaimed and hugely successful series Aya, with two hundred fifty thousand copies sold in France, translated into fifteen languages. Three books in the series have already been released in French, with a fourth currently in the pipelines.

Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 1971. At the age of twelve, her parents sent her to live with her uncle in Paris in order to pursue her education. Following the tremendous success of her comic Aya de Yopougon, Marguerite is now dedicating all of her time to writing. She's also the director of a charity that she created to help children in Africa get better access to books.

Mathieu Sapin was born in Dijon, France, in 1974. He studied at l'Ecole superieure des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg before becoming a renowned illustrator for children's magazines and publishers in France. He's also the author of a comic for adults called Supermurgeman.
$18.50

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Carry Me
Authors:
Rena D Grossman
Format: Board Book
Whether they are tucked in a blanket, peeking out of a basket, or wrapped in a parent's arms, babies worldwide are carried in unique ways. The simple, rhyming text and beautiful photographs in this board book introduce children to the ways their global neighbors travel. Part of the Babies Everywhere™ series.
$10.95

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Counting Chickens
Authors:
Polly Alakija
Format: Hardcover
Ages 3-6

Tobi has a hen, and his friends each have their own animals, too. The other animals give birth to their babies: one calf, two lambs, three kids, four kittens, five puppies and six piglets. But Tobi’s hen sits on the seven eggs she laid, waiting... and waiting... and waiting.

At last, the eggs hatch. Now Tobi has a brood of seven beautiful chicks. And, by the following year, he has more chickens than he can count. Can you help Tobi count his chickens?
$21.95

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Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building
Authors:
Christy Hale
Format: Hardcover
A collection of illustrations, concrete poetry, and photographs that shows how young children’s constructions, created as they play, are reflected in notable works of architecture from around the world.
$28.95

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Grandmother's Visit
Authors:
Betty Quan
Artists:
Carmen Mok
Format: Hardcover

Grandmother lives with Grace’s family. She teaches her how to measure water for rice. She tells her stories about growing up in China and together they savor the flavors of her childhood. Grandmother says goodbye when she drops Grace off at school every morning and hello when she picks her up at the end of the day.

Then, Grandmother stops walking Grace to and from school, and the door to her room stays closed. Father comes home early to make dinner, but the rice bowls stay full. One day, Grandmother’s room is empty. And one day, Grandmother is buried. After the funeral, Grace’s mom turns on all the outside lights so that Grandmother’s spirit can find its way home for one final goodbye.

Carmen Mok’s gentle illustrations show the love between a child and her grandmother in this story that will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one. Betty Quan’s picture-book debut is haunting yet hopeful.

Educator Information

Recommended for ages 4-7, grades K-2.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Social studies / heritage, identity, family
  • Health / life and death, human development

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.62" x 9.50"

Authentic Canadian Content
$17.95

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Juliana's Bananas: Where Do Your Bananas Come From?
Authors:
Ruth Walton
Format: Hardcover
An educational resource to help children explore the issue of fair trade by allowing them to see through the eyes of the children of banana farmers in the Windward Islands. The author spent time with the farmers' families and she uses the real-life narratives of two young children going about their daily activities to show how bananas grow, how problems such as hurricanes can affect the crop, how they are picked and transported, and how they end up in our stores.

The main story is illustrated with colorful collages made from painted textures and photographs from the Islands. Interspersed in the story are boxes with maps, facts, and photos giving more detail on the places and methods and challenges. Its ends with banana recipes and bigger picture" descriptions, maps and photos of where bananas come from, and examples of social premium funded projects.

With plenty of points for discussion, Juliana's Bananas will give girls and boys an insight into the lives of children like them in the Caribbean and how fair trade premiums help communities all over the world build better living conditions.

Ruth Walton is skilled in many areas of book design, including illustration, layout, and typography. She produces educational books using a combination of letterpress, illustration, collage, and photography. Previous books include the Let's Find Out series.
$14.95

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Latin Americans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations
Authors:
Eva Salinas
Format: Paperback
The useful innovations of Latin American peoples from ancient times to today.

Travel from the ancient hidden city of Machu Picchu high in the Andes, past Mayan ruins over 2,000 years old, to the bustling modern cities of Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. Along the way, readers will learn about the vibrant cultures and innovations of Latin Americans--rodeo, carnival, chocolate, coffee, piñata, tango, and salsa, to name only a few. Many of these have become part of the daily lives of people all around the world.

Latin Americans Thought of It features a rich array of photos along with informative text divided into sections, including:
- Clothing
- Architecture
- Communication
- Arts and Crafts
- Everyday Inventions
- Sports.

This fifth book in Annick's successful We Thought of It series describes the traditions and innovations that are the result of thousands of years of civilization in Latin America, across two continents and nearly 20 countries. Within the region, there are many similarities (except for Brazil, the countries are all Spanish-speaking) and also many differences: for instance, in the mountainous Andes regions, terrace farming was invented so that crops could be planted on steep hillsides, while in the marshy areas of Mexico and Bolivia raised fields called chinampas were devised so that crops could flourish in lowlands.
$11.95

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Machu Picchu
Authors:
Elizabeth Mann
Artists:
Amy Crehore
Format: Paperback
The story of the rise of the Inkas and the building of the great city of Machu Picchu is described in this book. The city is as astonishing as were its builders. Set in a remote, inaccessible area of the high Andes, this breathtaking city was never found by the Spanish Conquistadors and remains an untouched example of Inka genius.

Wonders of the World series

The winner of numerous awards, this series is renowned for Elizabeth Mann's ability to convey adventure and excitement while revealing technical information in engaging and easily understood language. The illustrations are lavishly realistic and accurate in detail but do not ignore the human element. Outstanding in the genre, these books are sure to bring even the most indifferent young reader into the worlds of history, geography, and architecture.

"One of the ten best non-fiction series for young readers."
- Booklist
$12.95

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One Two Three (Chinese Edition): My First Chinese Nursery Rhymes
Authors:
Jie Mu
Artists:
Patrice Aggs
Format: Hardcover
Yı Ér Sãn takes children on an exciting journey in Mandarin Chinese. There are more than 25 traditional Chinese songs and nursery rhymes to learn and love, with key words labelled and illustrated on every page. The guide at the back of the book includes information about how the rhymes are used and translates useful phrases. With a CD that introduces the sounds and rhythms of the language, children will enjoy learning and speaking Chinese.
$26.95

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Raining Cats and Dogs
Format: Hardcover
This charming and imaginative book playfully pairs works of art with onomatopoeia and graphics as a fun way to introduce pre‑schoolers to art—although it’s also sure to appeal to animal lovers of all ages. Children will develop early word-recognition skills through onomatopoeic associations and learn how to visually read works of art and the world around them through graphic associations. The paintings, photographs, prints, drawings and sculpture featured in Raining cats and dogs will also introduce children to the diversity of works of art on those most familiar of family pets, cats and dogs.

Raining cats and dogs includes twenty-two full-colour illustrations of child-friendly works of art in the National Gallery of Australia’s collections from Australia and around the world.
$14.95

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Talking With Mother Earth
Authors:
Jorge Argueta
Format: Hardcover
Raw, honest and powerful, these moving bilingual poems by noted Salvadoran poet Jorge Argueta explore a young native boy's connection to Mother Earth and how he is healed from the terrible wounds of racism he has endured. Tetl has learned from his grandmother about the spirituality of his ancestors, about how they viewed the earth as alive with sacred meaning. This helps him move from doubt and fear, created by the taunts of other children, to self-acceptance and a discovery of his love for nature.

Mountains, wind, corn and stones all speak to Tetl, almost seeming to vibrate with life. He feels deep roots in them and, through them, he learns to speak and sing. They reveal his Nahuatl self and he realizes that he is special, beautiful and sacred.

These gripping poems have something to teach us all, perhaps especially those who have been either intentionally or casually cruel or racist, as well as those who have been the victims of racism.


Crudos, honestos e impactantes, estos conmovedores poemas bilingües por el aclamado salvadoreño Jorge Argueta exploran la relación de un joven nativo con la Madre Tierra y de como fue curado de las terribles heridas causadas por el racismo que ha tenido que aguantar. Tetl ha aprendido de su abuela sobre la espiritualidad de sus ancestros, sobre como ellos veían la tierra como un ser vivo con un sentido sagrado. Esto lo ayuda a pasar de la duda y el miedo, creado por las burlas de los otros niños, a la aceptación de sí mismo y al descubrimiento de su amor por la naturaleza.

La montañas, el viento, el maíz y las piedras le hablan a Tetl, parece casi que vibran de vida. El siente profundas raíces en ellos, a través de ellos, y aprende a hablar y cantar. Ellos le revelan su parte Náhuatl y él se da cuenta de que es especial, bello y sagrado.

Estos poemas apasionantes tienen algo que enseñarnos a todos, quizás especialmente a aquellos que intencionalmente o sin quererlo han sido crueles o racistas, como también a aquellos que a su vez han sido víctimas del racismo.
$17.95

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The Arab World Thought of It: Inventions, Innovations, and Amazing Facts
Authors:
Saima Hussain
Format: Paperback
Discover the rich legacy of the peoples of the Arab world.

Ink-filled pens, mattresses, and bars of soap -- these are only some of the inventions and innovations that have been passed down through the millennia from the peoples of Arab lands. Readers may be surprised to learn that people from the Arab world have also given us the scalpel, sherbet, planetariums, and three-course meals. The school that became the University of Al-Qarawiyin in Fez, Morocco, was founded in 859 CE. According to many experts, it is the oldest university still operating today.

As in the other titles in this series, The Arab World Thought of It uses stunning photos and well-researched information to provide an overview of contributions made in the fields of medicine, architecture, food, and education. Also included is a look at accomplishments in the areas of engineering, transportation, and oil production. Complete with maps, a timeline, an index, and a list of further reading, this book is an excellent starting point for the exploration of a thriving culture.
$11.95

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The Chinese Thought of It: Amazing Inventions and Innovations
Authors:
Ting-xing Ye
Format: Paperback
How Chinese ingenuity changed the world.

Acupuncture, gunpowder and the secrets to spinning silk are innovations that we have come to associate with China. But did you know that the Chinese also invented the umbrella? And toilet paper, initially made from rice straw clumped together, was first used in China!

Through the ages, the Chinese have used the resources available to them to improve their lives. Their development of the compass and the paddleboat helped facilitate the often difficult tasks of travel and trade, and many foods associated with health and wellness -- from green tea to tofu -- have their origins in China.

Other interesting innovations include:
- The suspension bridge
- The wheelbarrow
- Playing cards.

With descriptive photos and information-packed text divided into sections including farming, food and games, this third book in the We Thought of It series explores the fascinating origins of much that surrounds us today.
$9.95

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The People Shall Continue
Authors:
Simon J. Ortiz
Artists:
Sharol Graves
Format: Paperback
Many, many years ago, all things came to be.
The stars, rocks, plants, rivers, animals.
Mountains, sun, moon, birds, all things.
And the People were born.


Told in the rhythms of traditional oral narrative, this powerful telling of the history of the Native/Indigenous peoples of North America recounts their story from Creation to the invasion and usurpation of Native lands. As more and more people arrived, The People saw that the new men did not respect the land. The People witnessed the destruction of their Nations and the enslavement of their people. The People fought hard, but eventually agreed to stop fighting and signed treaties.

Many things changed and became more difficult, but The People continued to farm and create crafts. They remembered and told their children, "You are Shawnee. You are Lakota. You are Pima. You Acoma. . . . You are all these Nations of the People." The People held onto their beliefs and customs and found solidarity with other oppressed people. And despite struggles against greed, destruction of their lands, and oppression, The People persisted.

Educator Information
Renowned Acoma Pueblo poet and storyteller Simon J. Ortiz traces the progress of Native/Indigenous people of North America from the time of creation to the present.

Recommended Ages: 6-10

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.00" x 9.50"
$13.95

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