A young boy is learning his father’s trade. HIs father gathers resin from cetain tree and sells it. After harvesting an especially large”Tear” of a resin known as myrrh, he and his father visit a spice marchant whose three customers are seeking a special gift to bring to a baby. With exquisite illustrations, the ordinary father-son’s tale involved in and extraordinary event brings new resonance to the Christomas traditional story; the three wisemen and 3 gifts – gold, frankincense and myrrh. >>> Includes biblical references and historical information about the Magi and myrrh. Linda Sue Park’s books and Bagram Ibatoulline’s books in SHI collection.
少年は父親の商売を学んでいた。彼の父親は、特殊な木から樹脂を集め売っている。ミルラとして知られている樹脂の”涙”で、特別に大きな涙を収穫した後、彼と父親は香辛料の商人のところに出かけた。そこには3人の客が、生まれたばかりの赤ん坊への特別なギフトを探していた。見事なイラストと共に、普通の父と息子が特別な出来事に関わった物語は、クリスマスの伝統的な話である3人の賢者がキリスト生誕時に持って行った贈り物の黄金、フランキンセンス（乳香）、ミルラ（没薬)を、新しい角度から思い起こさせてくれる。＞＞＞賢者とミルラに関する聖書や歴史上の情報が巻末にある。SHIコレクションにある、Linda Sue Parkの作品とBagram Ibatoullineの作品。
By Bahram Rahman, Illustrated by Peggy Collins ( Pajama Press – 2021 )
It’s Aria’s first day back at school since her accident. She’s excited, but she’s also worried about sitting on the hard floor all day with her new prosthetic “helping-leg”. Just as Aria feared, sitting on the floor is so uncomfortable that she can’t think about learning at all. She knows that before the war changed many things in Afghanistan, school like hers had benches for students to sit at. If she had a bench, her leg would not hurt so much. The answer is obvious: she will gather materials, talk to the carpenter in the old city, and learn to build a bench for herself. >>>The author was born in Kabul, and studied at the university in Germany, and in 2012 he moved to Canada as a refugee. Bahram Rahman’s books in SHI collection.
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.
By Etan Bsseri, Illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh ( Kalaniot Books – 2022 )
Ezra and Roza are helping prepare for their family’s Passover celebration. Ezra is proud to be in charge of bringing his family’s flour to the synagogue to be baked into matzah in a traditional wood-burning oven. But when he falls and the matzah is ruined, what will he and his sister, Roza, do? Join the siblings as they experience the sights, smells, sounds, and unique traditions of a seder in Iran of the 1950’s. >>>On the last pages, found Glossary, and more information of the traditional/historical background.
By Mina Javaherbin, Illustrated by Lindsey Yankey ( Candlewick Press – 2019 )
“When I was growing up in Iran, my grandma lived with us, I followed her everywhere.” Her grandmother’s friendship with her friend, Annette’s grandmother is beyond their difference faith. With following the memories of her beloved grandmother, this book is to celebrate all grandmothers as telling how they are kind, generous, and full of love.
By Hena Khan, Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amimi ( Chronicle Books LLC – 2022 )
From one sun to countless stars, the gentle introduction to number also celebrates the many diverse traditions of the Muslim world, encouraging readers young and old to reflect upon – and count – their many blessings. >>> Glossary and Author’s note found on the last pages. Hena Khan’s books in SHI collection.
Diwali, the festival of lights, comes from India and Archie’s favorite holiday. She loves that is reminds people about light and hope and strength. This year, Archie has invited some school friends to her family’s party. She’s excited and worried at the same time – what if they don’t like the holiday as much as she does? >>> More information about Diwali found on the last pages.
By Rina Singh, Illustrated by Marianne Ferrer (Kids Can Press Ltd. -2020)
Based on a true story in the village of India. As a boy, Sundar witnesses the struggle of those around him-How irresponsible mining ravages the countryside. How ancient customs and beliefs caused gender inequality and discrimination. How the birth of a boy is celebrated with music and food-while the birth of a girl is met with silence. He dreams of a better life for all-both boys and girls. Years pass, Sundar grows up, marries and becomes a father. When he is elected the village head, he proposed a plan that will both heal the land and honor girls. But the villagers reject his ideas. Still, Sundar is determined. He knows what he has to do, after his older daughter dies. >>> Why 111 trees? With a stick, Sundar made three lines on the ground for the three things that came to his mind: Daughter, Water, Trees. The detail info. is at the end.
By M.O. Yuksel, Illustrated by Hatem Aly (HARPER ~ 2021)
No matter who you are or where you’re from, step in and discover all the rituals and wonders of the mosque. From grandmother reading lines of the Qur’an and the imam telling stories of living as one to meeting new friends and learning to help others, mosques are center for friendship, community, and love. Paired with stunning artwork and lyrical text celebrates the joy and traditional found in every mosque around the world. >>> In the last pages, found Glossary of Arabic and the list of some mosques throughout the world.
By Sigal Samuel, Illustrated by Vali Mintzi (Levine Querido ~ 2021)
Osnat Barzani was born in 1590 in Mosul, located in modern-day Iraq, when few girls were allowed to read. Osnat convinced her father to teach her to read books. Then she in turn grew up to teach others, becoming a wise and famous scholar. People told amazing stories bout her, but perhaps her greatest feat was to be a light of inspiration for others-to show that any person who can learn might find a path that none have walked before.