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Pipaluk And The Whales
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Pipaluk was out with her father on her first hunting trip. Snuggled under the furs piled high in the dog sled and heading for home, Pipaluk gazed at the night sky as the sled pulled her through the Arctic night. All of a sudden, the dogs led them to the edge of a savssat (ice hole). There, they saw an amazing yet terrible sight. Thousands of Beluga Whales were caught in the ice, without a means of escape. The Arctic Sea had closed in around them and they would all starve if they could not find their way out of the hole into the sea. With the help of the village people, an icebreaker, and a child's song, the whales are led to safety. 'Pipaluk and the Whales' by John Himmelman is a tender and inspirational story of a people's love and respect for their fellow creatures.
Similar authors: Cynthia Rylant
Similar books: The Lighthouse Family. The Whale by Cynthia Rylant;
Whale Snow by Debby Dahl Edwardson;
Proud to be Inuvialuit by James Pokiak;
Mama Do you love me? by Barbara M. Joose
Date read: 7/8/2011
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
When Omakayas, an Ojibwe girl, is twelve years old, her family is forced by white settlers to find a new home. Along the way, her brother has a run-in with a porcupine which he decides to keep as his medicine animal. For awhile the porcupine seems to bring them good luck, but then two of their men are kidnapped and later their supplies are stolen. Omakayas is also worried about Old Tallow, the woman who rescued Omakayas as a child and whom Omakayas loves like a mother. The journey is long and the winter is harsh but Omakayas' family finally reaches the lake where her extended family has settled. This beautiful story weaves in Ojibwe culture and family life. The sequel to The Birchbark House and The Game of Silence.
Date read: 3/24/2010
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Everyone is a little nervous and has questions on the first day of school. 'Will they give us a pencil?' 'Will I learn to read?' But when Thomas arrives on his very first day, there is no school, just a teacher. 'We will build our school. This is the first lesson,' she says. You see, Thomas's school is in Chad, Africa and the first assignment of the year is to build the school building using mud bricks.
Nine months later, the school year is over. What they learn is theirs to keep, but Mother Nature takes back the school. The rains and winds come and slowly destroy the mud school. Come September, the teacher and students will be back to build and learn more.
Date read: 6/1/2011
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Katie is very excited. For most of the year, she lives in a city and goes by the name 'Katie.' In September, however, her family travels to the Nanticoke powwow, where she reunites with many of her relatives and is called Red Bird. The Nanticoke people gather each year to celebrate their Native American heritage with get-together including singing, dancing and eating of traditional foods. At the powwow, Red Bird wears the traditional clothing of the Nanticoke people, and she even has a part in the dancing celebrations as a shawl dancer. Before she leaves, she buys a beaded Nanticoke headband to remind her of the powwow and her heritage.
Date read: 4/28/2009
Ruby Lu, Brave and True
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Join 7-year-old magician Ruby Lu as she makes trouble, friends, and magic! Watch her perform magic tricks, meet a new friend (also named Ruby) at Chinese School, deal with the mean new girl in the neighborhood, drive her mother's car, and make herself famous. If you like Ruby Lu, her adventures continue in Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything and Ruby Lu, Star of the Show.
Date read: 6/29/2011
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