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Hush! A Thai Lullaby

Hush! A Thai Lullaby

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
0-3
Reading Level:
Pre-Reader

A loving mother asks animals from a water buffalo to a lizard to "hush" so her baby can sleep. Once the noises stop, the mother herself sleeps — and the baby is now awake! Textured illustrations evoke the Thai setting and convey the understated humor of this unique bedtime book.

All the Way to Lhasa: A Tale from Tibet

All the Way to Lhasa: A Tale from Tibet

Genre:
Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, Myths and Legends, Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

There's a saying that "slow but steady wins the race." In this richly illustrated book, the saying is recast as a Tibetan tale about a boy and his reliable yak and an impatient rider on a speedy horse, both on their way to the holy city of Lhasa.

Tasty Baby Belly Buttons

Tasty Baby Belly Buttons

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Uriko is small but brave, determined, and smart. In fact, she saves the town’s children when they are kidnapped by hungry oni, the ogres of Japanese lore whose favorite food is baby belly buttons. This lively retelling of a traditional Japanese folktale reads aloud well and is complemented by the illustrations, which call to mind the tale's Asian origin.

Bee-Bim Bop!

Bee-Bim Bop!

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Pre-Reader

What's better than just eating a favorite dish? Anticipating it while preparing it, of course! Rhythmic, rhyming language and playful illustrations capture the joy of making this special Korean dish — and the joy of sharing it. Country of origin: Korea  

What Will You Be, Sara Mee?

What Will You Be, Sara Mee?

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

On Sara Mee's first birthday, her family made sure to have a tol, a celebration based in an ancient custom that includes guests, special foods, and gifts for the child that will predict what the child will be when he or she grows up. Realistic illustrations capture the warmth of Sara Mee's family, her birthday festivity, and the warm relationship shared with her older brother. An author's note and glossary round out this attractive book

Toad Is the Uncle of Heaven: A Vietnamese Folktale

Toad Is the Uncle of Heaven: A Vietnamese Folktale

Genre:
Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales, Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

The small toad, with the help of other animals, gets the attention of the Emperor of Heaven to end Earth's drought before all is destroyed. There is humor in this colorfully illustrated, respectful retelling of a traditional folktale. Country of origin: Vietnam  

Yoko's Show and Tell

Yoko's Show and Tell

Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Yoko disobeys her mother by taking her special Japanese doll to school and is heartsick when it is broken. Her mother reassures Yoko that she loves her in spite of her mistake and takes Miki to a doll hospital for repair. Textured, evocative illustrations effectively convey feelings and Yoko's Japanese heritage.

Kimonos

Kimonos

Genre:
Nonfiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Traditional wooden Kokeshi dolls inspired this introduction to Japanese words and culture while presenting a participatory book with flaps to lift, fold-outs and more.

Lady Hahn and Her Seven Friends

Lady Hahn and Her Seven Friends

Genre:
Myths and Legends, Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Long ago, Lady Hahn sewed with the help of her seven friends — needle, thimble, etc. — until each thought that their special job was most important. Swirling, detailed illustrations evoke the story's origin and early Korean setting and provide personalities to typical sewing tools.

Brush of the Gods

Brush of the Gods

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Biography, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Inspired by an actual artist, Wu Daozi's brush created images that seemed to come alive. Travel to ancient China to meet Daozi as he grows from a boy into a muralist for the Emperor. When the mural is finished, legend says that Daozi walks into the paradise he painted. Brief text combines with brush and watercolor illustrations for a memorable look at a legendary Chinese painter.

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges