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Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop: A Tale of a Very Greedy Cat

Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop: A Tale of a Very Greedy Cat

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

No one would want to meet a greedy cat like this! A very hungry and especially greedy cat eats a series of animals and people — "Gobble, gobble, slip, slop" — until clever crabs help them all find a way out. A quite contrite cat promises never to be greedy again in this lively and handsomely illustrated retelling of a traditional tale.

Hot, Hot, Roti for Dada-ji

Hot, Hot, Roti for Dada-ji

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

Aneel's active grandparents bring stories, special foods, and fun with them from India.

Monkey: A Trickster from India

Monkey: A Trickster from India

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

Monkey is quick-witted and so ably outsmarts dull crocodile in this simply told, lushly illustrated tale drawn from traditional tales told long ago in India.

Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale

Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale

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

An old woman left her small village to visit her daughter and granddaughter, telling three hungry predators to wait to eat her until she is plumped up on her way back. How the women outwit the bear, fox and tiger is satisfyingly told and handsomely illustrated in saturated color illustrations in this Indian folktale that the author recalls from her childhood.

Alone in the Forest

Alone in the Forest

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

Musa ventures out alone for the first time to collect firewood, where a loud noise and the dark forest frighten him. A squirrel and a cow calm the panicky boy who returns home safely without any wood — but with a good story to tell. Highly stylized folk art effectively conveys Musa's emotions in a fast-paced story and introducing a tradition of central India.

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

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

The world of Islam is intrduced by describing its colors and traditions in simple rhymes. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide. Terms introduced are explained in greater detail in the book's end.

Nadia’s Hands

Nadia’s Hands

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Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Nadia is thrilled to be the flower girl at her aunt's wedding, yet continues to worries her classmates will respond on Monday to the temporary henna tattoos (mehndi). The intricate hand decorations that wear off slowly are a tradition of the family's Pakistani background. Respect for tradition and the need to conform are at odds, but then resolved in this well-illustrated story.

The Snow Leopard: The True Story of an Amazing Rescue

The Snow Leopard: The True Story of an Amazing Rescue

Genre:
Nonfiction
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

The rescue of a baby snow leopard named Leo found on a mountain in northern Pakistan is chronicled in handsome, well-captioned photographs and detailed text. The collaboration between Pakistan and the United States results in a new home for Leo and the possibility of new ways to help endangered animals.

The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story

The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales
Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

The Gift of the Crocodile, a tale from the Spice Islands in Indonesia, offers a colorful and dramatic twist on the universally adored Cinderella story.

Lily's Garden of India

Lily's Garden of India

Age Level:
6-9
Reading Level:
Independent Reader

Lily's mother has travelled all over he world, and has planted a magical garden for her daughter, full of exotic and beautiful flowers. In her first adventure, Lily visits the Indian garden where the plants and flowers take turns to tell stories of their homeland.

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