By Shlomo Abas, Illustrated by Omer Hoffmann, Translated by Gilah Kahn-Hoffmann （Green Bean Books – 2019 for English Edition, the original in 2016)
Once upon a time in Eastern Europe, there was a small city called Chelm. The people there were known as ”The sages of Chelm” because they were supposedly very wise and intelligent. One night when the moon disappeared, they had many troubles in the darkness, and they decided to buy a new moon.
By Anne Lambelet (Page Street Kids – 2019) Maria loves tea parties and dancing and wearing hair in pigtails, but more than anything in the world….Maria loves Churros. She’ll do anything to get her hands on more of them-even enter a bullfight. To win, she must outsmart the other matadors, who don’t think she’s big enough, fast enough, or strong enough. With determination and creativity, Maria discovers that you don’t have to fight to win and you might even end up with more than you were hoping for.
By Tomie dePaola (G.P.Putnam’s Sons – 2005) It has been a log time since Strega Nona had a vacation. Then one night Strega Nona dreams she’s at her Grandma Concetta’s little house by the seashore. And all the next day she hears Grandma Concetta’s voice saying, “Vieni, Nonalima, come.” Nona decides that she will take a vacation there. While she is away, her big daughter and son can be left alone for just one week….what could possibly go wrong?
>>>Other books of Tomie dePaola: Angeles, Angels Everywhere, Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Legend of the Bluebonnet.
By Tomie dePaola (G.P.Putnam’s Sons – 1973, 1998) Every Sunday, Tommy runs into the house, say hello to his grandmother, Nana Downstaire, in the Kitchen, then runs up the back stairs to his great-grandmother, Nana Upstairs, in her bedroom. But one day Tommy’s mother tells him Nana Upstairs won’t be there anymore, and Tommy must struggle with saying good-buy to his beloved one.
>>>Tis is the first book of many picture books in which artist/author Tomie dePaola draw on his own childhood experiences. He was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background, and this story is about his Irish side of the family. Other books of Tomie dePaola : Angeles, Angels Everywhere, Strega Nona takes vacation, The Legend of the Bluebonnet.
By Ana Zamorano, Illustrated by Julie Vivas (Scholastic Press – 1996) Every day, Antonio’s Mama cooks a marvelous meal for the entire family. As the days of the week go by, though, someone or another can’t make it to the table. But one the seventh day, it is Mama who can’t make it, for she is about to bring home the newest family member of them all. >>> From best-selling picture book artist Julie Vivas and her daughter, Ana Zamorano, comes a warm family story celebrating family, food, and love. The glossary of Spanish words is at the last page.
By Nancy Willard, Illustrated by John Thompson (The Blue Sky Press – 2007) A poor baker in Florence, Italy, is looking for a bed for his wife, and he finds a beautiful bed for free in a strange new shop.The bed has magical powers, and in that night the couple flies across the heaven to meet a master baker. Vivid illustrations and fantastic story tell about the true riches of love and loyalty.
By Amy Littlesugar, Illustrated by William Low (Philomel Books – 2006)In Antwerp, Belgium, Willy’s papa put a painting in his shop window. A man came with a young boy and he bought the painting named The Lady. The young boy named Max met Willy, and they were happy to have found each other. But Max lived in the Jewish quarter-in a very dangerous time for the Jews. Willy and Max promised friends forever even through the Nazis came to the town. The two boys separated by circumstance, but held together through generations by one simple painting-and unbreakable spirit of their extraordinary friendship.
By Ruthie Knapp, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Bloomsbury-2010) Tells the story of the famous Leonardo da Vinci protrait known as the Mona Lisa, including its 1911 theft from the Louvre in Paris, from the point of view of the subject of the painting. On the last page, includes an author’s note with facts about the painting.
By Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts (Abrams Books for young readers – 2014) Madame Chapeau who is the world’s finest hat maker, matches customers to the perfect hat. She lives alone lonely and only on her birthday she ventures out in her favorite bonnet to dinner. But this year, a crow snatches her birthday hat and flies away. Many different people offer her their own hats, but non of them are quite right. Finally a little girl offer her a hat knitted with special love and Madame Chapeau accepts it happily.
By Nancy Castaldo, Illustrated by Melisande Potter (Holiday House Book – 2005) Raffaele makes the best pizza in all of Napoli, and even Queen Margherita wants to taste it. When a messenger from the palace orders a pizza for the queen on June 11, 1889, he collects all finest ingredients for the Queen, but as same as what the Napoli people love to eat. He plans to make 3 different pizzas, however a cat eats the anchovies for the 3rd pizza. Raffaele almost gives up the 3rd pizza, but the color of the Italian flag inspires him to create the Pizza Margherita in spite of missing anchovies. Pizza history and recipe are found on the last pages.