Archive for April 17, 2012

Pandas’ Earthquake Escape

Phyllis J. Perry
Illustrated by Susan Detwiler

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Every child loves pandas. In this fictional story, the author draws on that love by following a mother and cub in the aftermath of the 2008 devastating earthquake in Eastern Sichuan, China. Tengfei, the cub, and Liling, his mother, are residents of the heavily damaged Wolong Panda Reserve. The reader sees the confusion and fright any animal would suffer as a result of being displaced and alone. This empathetic approach allows the reader to learn while enjoying the story.

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14 Cows for America

Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

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September 11, 2001 is a date no American will forget if alive at the time. This story begins with a Maasai man, Mikeli, who lived in New York City that fateful day. He was so moved by what he saw and felt, he wanted to give his most valued possession to the people of the United States. He owned but one cow. He interrupted his medical studies to travel home to Kenya and ask village elders to bless his cow for America. » Read more

Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea

Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth
Collages by Susan L. Roth

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This the story of an American man lost in the mountains of Pakistan. He was rescued and cared for by the people of the village of Korphe. They dubbed him Dr. Greg because he cared for the sick and was a nurse in the United States. He fell in love with the villagers, especially the children, and wanted to pay them back for their help. » Read more