These books tell stories about children globally as they transition through an often-difficult world. Each story shares one common thread-resilience. There is Enaiatollah Akbari and his migration story that begins in Afghanistan and takes him through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Greece for a punishing five-year ordeal before he seeks political asylum in Italy at age 15. Then there is the unforgettable Somali girl who risks her life on the migrant journey to Europe as she dreams of being an Olympic star athlete. These are stories of the perils of poverty and violence that include an inspiring child from a Palestinian refugee camp who confronts an occupying army and then goes from stone thrower to music student to music school founder. We cheer for Dan-el Padilla Peralta, whose tale of being an undocumented immigrant takes him on a journey from a New York City homeless shelter to the top of his Princeton class. She dances now on the world stage, however the story of Michaela DePrince, begins as she escapes an orphanage in war-torn Sierra Leone where she was known as Girl Number 27, for the rarefied heights of international ballet
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THE BEAR IN THE CAVE:
A very happy bear hears the sound of the city from his quiet home by the sea and decides to find out what city life is like. Buying the ticket and travelling on the train is all very exciting. And so is the city! But after a while the bear finds the city a little too noisy and a little too busy.
From music writer and The Creative Independent /Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles—because music is for everyone, and music is for you.
“THE PEOPLE COULD FLY,” is a fantasy tale of the African slaves who possessed the ancient magic words that enabled them to literally fly away to freedom. And it is a moving tale of those who did not have the opportunity to “fly” away, who remained slaves with only their imaginations to set them free as they told and retold this tale.
- The DEADMAN'S DANCE explores how small misunderstandings arise in the interaction of two vastly different cultures...and then what happens!
- Many authors have attempted to describe early settlement in Australia, but their efforts remain primarily from the European perspective. Kim Scott, on the other hand, as the son of an Aboriginal father and English mother, was able to authentically deliver from both perspectives exploring the early contact between the Aboriginal Noongar people and the first European settlers. The Deadman Dance is set in the first decades of the 19th century in the area around what is now Albany, Western Australia.