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Rickie and Henri
by Jane Goodall
This is a quiet yet candid story about Rickie, a chimpanzee who lost her mother in a brutal hunter's attack, and who was taken from the rain forest to be sold in Brazzaville, Congo Republic. Goodall does not shy away from the imagined suffering a chimpanzee infant would experience in such circumstances yet the story remains elegant. Rickie bonded with the Congolese man who took her home and found it intolerable when he left on a business trip, so she became deeply attached to the family dog, Henri. School Library Journal Excerpt (Unit: Habitats, Animal Behavior, Friendship)

Owen and Mzee: The Story of a Remarkable Friendship
by Isabella Hatkoff
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When the six-year-old contributor to this book saw the photograph documenting the extraordinary friendship between a baby hippo (Owen) and a 130-year-old giant tortoise (Mzee), she persuaded her father to help tell their story. Originally an e-book, the hardcover version begins with images of the duo, whetting readers' appetite and providing reassurance as the potentially disturbing plot unfolds. After a scene depicting a pod of hippos near the Sabuki River in Kenya, the text describes the 600-pound baby's displacement and separation from the group during the 2004 tsunami. Children witness the challenging rescue and meet the knowledgeable staff at an animal sanctuary. From Owen's first approach for protection to Mzee's unexpected tolerance, the photographs, mostly by BBC photojournalist Greste, capture the pair eating, swimming, snuggling, and playing together. School Library Journal Excerpt (Unit: Habitats, Animal Behavior, Friendship)

The Skin I'm In
cover cover
by Pat Thomas
This title encourages kids to accept and be comfortable with differences of skin color and other racial characteristics among their friends and in themselves. -- Amazon excerpt
(Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Feelings)

Grandpa's Corner Store
cover cover by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan
Lucy's grandfather owns the local grocery store, and the child is worried that he will be forced to sell and move away from her once a new supermarket opens. Filled with love and determination, she is able to pull the neighborhood together and save her Grandpa's store. DiSalvo-Ryan illustrates how anger at a situation can be turned into something positive and emphasizes the importance of community in our lives... -- School Library Journal excerpt
(Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Family, Feelings)

The Story of Jumping Mouse
cover cover by John Steptoe
"You will reach the far-off land if you keep hope alive within you." The words of Magic Frog give courage to the young mouse on his long and perilous journey to reach the wonderful land of legend. He faces many obstacles on his quest and sacrifices much to help others in need. But the mouse's compassion and faith in himself prove to be a source of great power...and bring him rewards even beyond his dreams.(Amazon)
(Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Talent, Risk Taking, Resilience, Perseverance)

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot
cover coverby Margot Theis Raven
This outstanding picture book depicts one of the lesser-known aspects of the Berlin Airlift following World War II as seen through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl. Operation Little Vittles was run by Lt. Gail Halvorsen who, out of the goodness of his heart, began dropping candy in parachutes made from handkerchiefs to the children of West Berlin. This heartwarming story provides not only the historical context, but an epilogue as well.
-- School Library Journal excerpt
(Unit: History - NonFiction - Berlin Airlift)

The Patchwork Quilt
cover coverby Valerie Flournoy
Alearns from her grandmother that a quilt can tell a life story. The making of the quilt brings her whole family closer. I have my students make construction paper quilts after reading this story--this is something parents can do with their children at home. -- Amazon
(Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Family)

Jingle Dancer
cover coverby Cynthia Leitich Smith
Without enough tin jingles to make her dress sing, how can Jenna be a jingle dancer just like Grandma Wolfe at the next powwow? She borrows one row from Great-aunt Sis, whose aching legs keep her from dancing; another from Mrs. Scott, who sells fry bread; one from Cousin Elizabeth, whose work keeps her away from the festivities; and a fourth row from Grandma, who helps Jenna sew the jingles to her dress, assemble her regalia, and practice her bounce-steps. When the big day arrives, the girl feels proud to represent these four women and carry on their tradition. -- School Library Journal
(Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Family, Wants and Needs, Talents)

Raymond's Perfect Present
by Therese on Louie
(Sample the book on Lee and Low Website)
A gentle story of a single mom and a loving son. Raymond's mother is not well. He can't afford the flowers he would like to give her, but he does have enough money for seeds. As he watches them grow into plants, his mother is taken to the hospital. While she is there, the flowers bloom, attract beautiful butterflies, and wilt. The boy is devastated, but when his mother comes home and discovers the birds enjoying the seeds from the dried flowers, she is delighted with her perfect present. Raymond's successful gift and his mother's recovery will both reassure and please youngsters. -- School Library Journal (Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Family, Feelings)

Willie Wins
by Almira Astudillo Gilles
(Sample the book on Lee and Low Website)
Willie gets tired of hearing his father's stories about growing up in the Philippines, and he's embarrassed by the alkansiya, a coconut-shell piggy bank, that his father has given him for a school project on saving money. Even his father's assurances that there's something very special tucked inside a treasure saved from his own childhood doesn't help. when one of his Little League teammates, the class bully, taunts, "That's a loser's bank," Willie is really worried. "What if Dad's treasure wasn't really a treasure, but something only Dad thought was special, like the wooden water buffalo he kept on his desk?" -- Publisher's Weekly
(Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Family, Friendship, Fears)

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