Forced to take shelter when their Syrian city is plagued with bombings, young Nour and her cousin, Amir, begin to bravely build a secret underground library. Amir starts picking up books he found in the streets, and then his friends join them to collect books from their destroyed city. Nour’s Secret Library is about the power of books to heal, transport and create safe spaces during difficult times. Illustrations by Romanian artist Vali Mintzi superimpose the colorful world the children construct over black-and-white charcoal depictions of the battered city. >>>Based on the author’s own life experience and inspired by a true story in Daraya, Syria. In the last pages, found background stories of this book.>>>>Vali Mintzi’s books in SHI collection.
Change is all around our planet, but it can be overwhelming! Explore how change exists everywhere in a way that is natural, and even beautiful, in this vibrantly illustrated book with fun rhyming couplets. ”Everything changes, day to night/night to day. Everything changes, and that’s all right.”>>> From the Author’s Note : ” The Buddha taught that wanting things to stay the same causes us a lot of pain, but accepting that nothing lasts forever can lead to peace and happiness.”
By Lesléa Newman, Illustrated by Tika and Tata Bobokhidze (Kar-Ben Publishing – 2013)
The great Babaka Bake-Off is on for sisters Esther and Hester. The two siters always compete each other especially about baking. Their new neighbor, Sylvester, will decide which sister makes the best Babka. Sylvester testes the both Babka, and the sisters want to know whose Babka is the best in the world. He declares ” Esther makes the best Chocolate babka in the world! and Hester makes the best Cinnamon babka in the world!” Now the sisters and Sylvester enjoy together delicious Shabbat. Then Sylvester wonders who can make the best Kugel for the next Shabbat. Now the Kugel Bake-Off is on. >>> The more information about Babka included. Lesléa Newman’s books in SHI collection.
Yesenia lives in New York with her brother, Kendry, and the parents who moved from Dominican Republic. She helps Mami cook in the kitchen, and Mami peels the Plátanos. Plátanos are Yesenia’s favorite food. They can be sweet and sugary, or salty and savory. And they’re a part of almost every meal her Dominican family makes. Stop by her apartment and find out why plátanos go with everything—especially love!
Now that Clara is almost in third grade, she’s finally old enough to spend her first summer away from home visiting Grandma and her cousin Juniper on the Standing Rock Reservation. To welcome her visit, Uncle Louie brings an extra-special surprise in his pickup track: the family tipi that Grandma keeps, passed down for generations. The girls learn how to stack the poles and wrap the canvas covering around them, how to paint spirit pictures on its walls, and how the circle of the tipi reminds us all how to live in the great Circle of Life. During their summer days spent playing outside, doing beadwork together, telling stories, singing songs, and sleeping under the stars, the tipi brings the family closer together. >>> S. D. Nelson’s art style is inspired by 19 century Lakota ledger drawings. Author’s note is included.
Clara は3年生になるので、祖母や従弟のJuniperが住んでいるスタンデング・ロック居留地に滞在して、初めて家族と離れて一人で過ごす夏を体験できる歳となった。Louie叔父さんは、彼女を歓迎する為に、予期しなかった素晴らしいものをトラックの荷台に積んできた。それは祖母が保存していた、先代から数代も受け継がれてきたtipiであった。少女達は骨組みの立て方やその周りにキャンパズ地の布張りを教わり、壁にスピリチュアルな絵を描く方法を学び、tipiにぐるりと描かれた絵から偉大なる生命の循環を教えられた。夏の日々を外で遊び、ベットで寛ぎ、色々な話を楽しみ、歌を歌い、星空の下で眠り、遠く離れていた家族と一緒に過ごすことにより、家族の絆がより強まった。＞＞＞S. D. Nelsonの絵のスタイルは、19世紀のLakota部族の伝統的な絵に影響を受けている。作者でもある彼の言葉も記載されている。
By Rachel Tawil Kenyon, Illustrated by Mary Lundquist ( Philomel Books – 2020 )
“It starts at the start when you can’t even talk. Before you stand up and learn how to walk. Deep in your heart, the knowing is there. You know how to love and you know how to care.” With warm, gentle rhymes and soft, sweet art, this book celebrates the power we all have to love, and to use that love to make the whole world a better, kinder, more welcoming place.>>>Mary Lundquist’s books in SHI collection.
Oscar loves Grandma, and their time together is always lots of fun. As she becomes less able to take care of herself, she has to go into a nursing home. More and more chilren are encountering dementia and its effects on their families. This touching story, told in Oscar’s own words, is a positive and practical tale about the experience. The factual page about dementia helps children talk about their feelings and fine new way to enjoy the changing relationship.
Tama works in the library at the Minidoka incarceration camp, where she has been imprisoned because she is Japanese American. Life in the Idaho camp is relentless, and getting through each day is hard. Tama prefers to escape into her books, with their stories of honor and adventure. But every day, George is there, too – with a smile, yet another stack of books, and his comforting presence. It is George who helps Tama understand that she isn’t alone, and in that realization, hope is found. >>> Based on the experience of the author’s own grandparents.
By Tami Shem-Tov and Rachella Sandbank, Illustrated by Avi Ofer (Kar-Ben Publishing – 2017)
Uri’s parents are busy with lots of construction workers who come in their delicatessen to buy sandwiches for lunch, so Uri’s parents don’t have time for him. But his grandmother has time. The problem is that his grandmother only speaks German and Uri doesn’t. His grandmother invites him to take a walk with her. Uri follows to her, but no idea where she wants to go. They walk together along a Tel Aviv street and they can communicate anyhow as Uri guesses well. But Uri never imagine that they encounter the conductor and musicians of the orchestra that become the Israel Philharmonic. >>> Including historical background of Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
By Norma Simon, Illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen ( Albert Whitman & Company – 2016 )
Families come in all sizes, with all kinds of peoplel. Every family is different. And every family is special. But what makes a family special? It’s the feelings they have about each other – sharing good times and bad times, growing together. People who live together, love together. fight together and make up, work and play with each other, laugh, and cry…together…they are a family. The book reminds you how mch you mean to your family and how much your family means to you. >>> This is the 40th anniversary edition with fresh illustrations and updated text. Norman Simon’s books in SHI collection.