By Zana Fraillon, Illustrated by Phil Lesnie ( Greystone Kids – 2021）
When the Curiosities choose Miro to nest on, he is led to discover all the marvels waiting in the shadows where no one else looks. Sometimes, though, the Curiosities can make Miro feel alone and invisible in the darkness. But maybe Miro isn’t as alone as he thinks…. Featuring gorgeous art inspired by Phil Lesnie’s Filipino heritage, and a gentle, heart-touching story from Zana Fraillon, this book is a nuanced portrait of neurodiversity, big emotions, and how differences can unite communities. It encourages us all to embrace and celebrate our unique inner worlds.>>>Phil Lesnie’s books in SHI collection.
In Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay, atop a network of stilts, floats the village of Koh Panyee – where a group of football-obsessed boys had no place to play. Where could they find space to dribble, juggle, shoot, and score? The boys looked out at the water and started gathering tools. Even while their neighbors laushted, the team sawed woods, hammered nails and tied barrels together. They worked for weeks, until they had built a pitch on top of the water – a place to practice and a place to transform their community.>>>Inspired the true story in 1986.
タイ南部にあるPhang Nga 湾に存在する竹馬のような木で支えられた水上のKoh Panyee 村で、フットボール(北米・カナダのサッカー）に魅了された少年達には、練習する場所はどこにもなかった。一体どこでドリブルして、ジャグルして、シュートし、そして得点を得たら良いのだろう？少年達は辺り一面の水を見渡し、そして道具を集め始めた。人々が彼等を笑って観ていても、彼等は木を切り、釘を打ち、樽を結わえ付けた。少年達は何週間も働いて、ついに水上競技場を作り上げた。その場所は、練習場であると共に村人達の意識改革の場でもあった。＞＞＞1986年の実話に基ずく物語である。
Flowing silk flies along behind a young Chinese princess as she lovingly says good-bye to the many splendors of her father’s kingdom. “Good-bye, pink peach petals. Good-bye, yellow moon.” At summer end, she must venture to an oasis far away in the dry, hot desert, because she will marry the king of Khotan. But secretly, boldly, she’ll carry a little piece of her adored home with her. This book reimagines the legend of how a gently defiant princess revealed to the world a secret the Chinese had guarded for two thousand years – the secret of silk. >>> On the last pages, the author’s Note helps to understand the historical background of the story. >>>>Sophie Blackall’s books in SHI collection.
In early-19th-century Korea, after Sang-hee’s father injures his ankle, Sang-hee attempts to take over the task of lighting the evening fire, which signals to the palace that all is well. If the king does not see a fire, that means touble, and he will send out his army. Sang-hee knows how important it is for the fire to be lit, but he wishes that he could see soldiers…just once.>>>Including historical notes. >>> Linda Sue Park’s books in SHI collection.
19世紀初めの韓国、Sang-heeの父親が足首を痛めて動けなくなった後、夜の明かりを灯す使命をSang-heeが果たさなければならなくなった。夜の明かりは総てが順調であることを宮殿に伝える手段である。もしも王が明かりを見なければ、何か問題が起きたことを意味し、王は彼の軍隊を送ってくるのだ。Sang-heeは自分の役割の重要性を理解していたが、たった一度で良いから、本物の軍人を見たい願望もあった。＞＞＞歴史的情報も掲載されている。＞＞＞ＳＨＩコレクションにあるLinda Sue Parkの作品。
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.
Inspired by historical event of Mt. Everest. Tenzing Norgay grew up in Nepal, dreaming of climbing Chomolungma, the mountain also known as Everest. Across the ocean in New Zealand, Edmund Hillary climbed his first mountain at sixteen. He, too, dreamed of Everest, the highest peak in the world. Years later, the two men would make history together on the famous mountain. >>> Found more information of Mt. Everest on the last pages.
By Chieri Uegaki, Illustrated by Genevieve Simms (Kids Can Press – 2019)
When Mayumi was born, her grandfather built her a garden in his backyard. But not just any garden – a garden make of stones. And every summer during her visits to Japan, Mayumi and her grandfather work in the garden together. But one summer, everything changes. Ojiichan on wheelchair cannot live alone in his house, and he must leave their garden behind. Mayumi gets an idea of creating their garden in a lunch box and she presents it to Ojiichan. >>>Explanation of Japanese words in the story found in the last.
By Larissa Fan, Illustrated by Cindy Wume ( tundra – 2021 )
In a very large house, at the top of a hill, lived a lucky family with ten sons. Ten little dumplings who did everything together, and who were celebrated in song. But another little dumpling was there too: listening, studying, learning. You just need to look more closely…>>>The story is inspired by the author’s father’s family who compared to an old and well-known Chinese folktale called ” Ten Brothers”. The author didn’t realized until she was older that her father also had a sister.
By Michelle Sterling, Illustrated by Aaron Asis (Katherine Tegen Books – 2021)
What does summer mean to you? For one young girl, summer is the season of no school, of days spent at the pool, and of picking golden limes off the trees. But summer doesn’t start until her Lola-her grandmother from the Philippines – comes for her annual visit. When Lola visits, the whole family gathers to cook and eat and share in the happiness of another season spent together.
By Theresa Heine, Illustrated by Judith Gueyfier ( Barefoot Books – 2014 )
Chandra and her sister, Deena, are at the market, and Chandra sees a group of people clustered around a man who holds a strange lamp. It’s a solar lamp as the first time Chandra learns about it. Chandra knows the solar lamp will light her family’s home on the foot of Himalayas, and help her brother breathe easily at night. But how can she earn enough money to buy one? >>>This picture book was developed with the help and advice of SolarAid in the UK and ECCA in Nepal. It includes notes about solar power and a DIY solar -energy project, as well as notes about Nepal.