Sparkle Boy

By Lesléa Newman, Illustrated by Maria Mola ( Lee & Low Books Inc. – 2017 )

Casey loves to play with his bloks, puzzles, and dump truck, and he slso loves things that shimmer, glitter, and sparkle. Casey’s old sister, Jessie, thinks that is weird. Shimmery, glittery, sparkly things are only for girls, Right? When Casey and Jessie head to the library for story time, Casey poudly wears his shimmery skirt and sparkly bracelet. His nails glitter in the light. Jessie insists that Casey looks silly. It’s one thing to dress like this around the house, but going outside as a “sparkley boy” is another thing entirely. What will happen when the other kids see him? This sweet and refreshing story speaks to us all about acceptance, respect, and the simple freedom to be yourself. Shimmery, glittery, sparkly things are fun -for everyone!>>>Lesléa Newman’s books in SHI collection.

Casey はブロックやパズル、ダンプトラックで遊ぶのが好きではあったが、キラキラきらめく、ピカピカ光る、光が散りばむ物も好きであった。姉のJessieは、それは少し変だと思った。キラキラ、ピカピカ、スパークするようなものは女の子の物だと思っていたのだ。二人で図書館へ行った時、Caseyはキラキラするスカートをはきピカピカ光るブレスレットを得意になって付けていた。彼の指の爪は、ネイルで光にピカピカ輝いていた。Jessieは弟がやり過ぎだと主張した。家の中でそのような格好は良いけれど、外に行ってまで”キラキラピカピカの男の子”でいることは、まったく許せない。他の子ども達が弟を見たら何と思うか?この話は、誰もが自分自身でいる自由を尊敬し認める思いやりを、読者にも思いおこしてくれる。実際に、キラキラピカピカ光るものは、誰にとっても楽しい物なのだ。>>>SHIコレクションにあるLesléa Newmanの作品

A Voyage in the Clouds : The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785

By Matthew Olshan, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall ( Margaret Ferguson Books – 2016 )

In the year and a half since the flight of the first manned balloon in 1783, it seems that everyone has taken to the skies, but no one has yet managed to fly from one country to another. Dr.John Jeffries, an Englishman, and his pilot, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, a Frenchman, want to be the first. There’s only one problem: they can’t stand each other! They lift off from England on Jannuary 7, 1785, as enemies, but when disaster strikes, they have to work together to come up with a clever (and surpuising) solution to save the day. >>>On the last page, Author’s Note about Dr. John Jeffries and Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Sophie Blackall’s books in SHI collection.

1783年に初めての有人気球船飛行が成功した一年半後、誰もが空を飛びたがったが、国を超えた人はまだ誰もいなかった。イギリス人のJohn Jeffries博士と、フランス人のJean-Pierre Blanchardは、国境を超える一番のりをしたかった。ところが一つ問題があった。二人は互いを我慢できなかったのだ。1785年の1月7日に気球船が離陸した時は敵対関係にあった二人だが、困難に遭遇し、それを乗り越えるためには互いに協力せざるを得ず、無事にこの偉業を成し遂げた。>>>巻末に主人公の二人について著者の説明がある。SHIコレクションにあるSophie Blackallの作品

Tea Time Around the World

By Denyse Waissbluth, Illustrated by Chelsea O’Byrne (Greystone Kids – 2020 )

This poetic picture book takes children of all ages on an adventure around the world to discover new cultures and friends through tea. The book engages the youngest of readers with simple, vivid poetry complemented by unique facts about different tea culture. Vibrant detailed pictures bring to life joyful celebration of diversity and deliciousness. >>> On the last pages, found the author’s tea story.


Round is a Mooncake : A Book of Shapes

By Roseanne Thong, Illustrated by Grace Lin (Chronicle Books – 2000)

A little girl’s urban neighborhood becomes a discovery ground of things round, square, and rectangular in this lyrical picture book. Most of the objects are Asian in origin, others universal: round rice bowls and a found pebble, square dim sum and the boxes that the pizzas come in, )rectangular Chinese lace and a very special pencil case. >>> On the last page, a short glossary add cultural significance to the objects featured in this book. Roseanne Thong’s books and Grace Lin’s books in SHI collection.

少女が円形、正方形、長方形の形を生活環境の中から探すリズミカルなテキストの絵本。多くの物はアジア系ではあるが、一般的なものもある。例えば、丸いご飯茶碗や小石、正方形のおやつやピザの箱、長方形の中国産レースや特別なエンピツ入れ。>>>巻末にある絵本に登場する幾つかの物の用語集では、文化的な意味も説明している。 SHIのコレクションにある、Roseanne Thongの作品と Grace Linの作品

Cleonardo : The little Inventor

By Mary GrandPré ( Arthur A. Levine Books – 2016 )

With the town’s annual Grand Festival of Inventions coming up, Cleonard is determined to invent something impressive to enter, something that will impress her inventor father Geonardo. It is the story that the father and his daughter become wonderful inventors with working together even using different materials.


Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes

By Mahak Jain, Illustrated by Anu Chouhan (Annick Press – 2022 )

Paro was excited to learn a new dance, but on the first day of ballet class, she was worried. She saw the difference between her mother’s dance-Bharatanatyam (Indian dance) and ballet dance. With helping her mother and her ballet teacher, Paro and ballet class friends could learn different movement and the same enjoyment to dance. >>> Inspired by the real story of influence between Rukmini Devi, Indian Dancer who created Bharatanatyam, and Anna Paviova, Russian ballet dancer, in 1930’s.

Paroは新しいダンスを覚えるのに大いに興奮していたが、バレー・クラスに行った最初の日は不安であった。母親から教わったインドのバラタナティヤムの踊りと、バレーの踊りが大いに異なっていた。母親とバレー教師の助けをかりて、Paroとバレー・クラスの仲間たちは、異なる動きを練習し、踊る楽しさは共通であることも同時に学んだ。>>>バラタナティヤムを創作したインドの舞踊家Rukmini Deviと、ロシアのバレーダンサーAnna Paviovaが互いに影響し合った1930年代の実話に基ずいて制作された作品。

A New Kind of WILD

By Zara González Hoang ( Dial Books for Young Readers – 2020 )

For Ren, home is his grandmother’s little wooden house and the rainforest that surrounds it. For Ava, home is a brick apartment building and the hustle and bustle outside her front door. When Ren moves to Ava’s city, he doesn’t find anything homey about it. After all, there’s no room in the city for your imagination to run wild…or is there? Bursting with warmth and imagination, this book celebrates the magic of friendship and all the different things that make a new place feel like home.


My America

By Karen Katz ( Henry Holt and company – 2020 )

Children come to live in America from many different counties. And for many different reasons. In this beautiful celebration of immigration, children from around the world tell their stories, sharing their love of where they’re from and where they live now. As they describe the foods they eat, the languages they’ve learned, the sports they play, and more, the differences and similarities that link us all are revealed. >>> Karen Katz’s books in SHI collection.

アメリカに住む子ども達は、異なる国から、様々な理由によってやって来た。移民達を祝福しているこの美しい絵本は、世界中からやって来た子ども達が、自分の以前いた国と新しい国への思いを込めて語っている。子ども達はそれぞれに食べ物を語り、学んだ言葉を語り、好むスポーツ等を語り、異なる点と共通点を、読者達に伝えてくれる。>>>SHIコレクションにあるKaren Katzの作品

Shape Capers

By Cathryn Falwell ( Greenwillow Books – 2007 )

Five little children present the shapes; Circles, Squares, Triangles, Semicircles, and Rectangles. And they start to play with each shape, and they build their imagination with using five different shapes. With simple text and beautiful colored illustration, this picture book is full with lovely five children’s smiles.


As We Grow

By Libby Walden, Illustrated by Richard Jones (tiger tales – 2019 )

In this stunning picture book, lyrical text and enchanting illustrations beautifully depict each stage of life and the journey of transformation that we experience as we grow up.