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Books in this category include customs and traditions of people around the world. In some books the emphasis is on commonalties among people; in others, the focus is on the ways that people and groups of people can be different from one another.
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  Off to School
Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert (Author), Gershom Griffith (Illustrator)
The youngest child in a sharecropper's family longs to go to school, but during harvest season Papa insists that she stays at home and prepare the midday meal.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story
David A. Adler (Author), Lloyd Bloom (Illustrator)
During Hanukkah two children help a Holocaust survivor to once again embrace his religious traditions.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Only One Club
Jeff Hopkins (Author), Jane Naliboff (Author)
Mrs. Matthews's first grade class begins making Christmas decorations, but because Jennifer is Jewish, Mrs. Matthews allows her to make Hanukkah decorations instead. Jennifer enjoys the attention and creates "The Only One Club," of which she is the sole member. When her classmates want to join, she is resistant until she realizes that each of her friends is also "the only one" at something. As she inducts them into her club she reveals the unique qualities that make each of her classmates extraordinary.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Owl Moon
John Schoenherr (Illustrator), Jane Yolen (Author)
A story of a young girl and her father as well as humankind's close relationship to the natural world.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
  Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead
Written by
George Ancona
A photo-essay of a family's celebration of the Fiesta of the Day of the Dead.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Pascual's Magic Pictures
Karen M. Dugan (Illustrator), Amy Glaser Gage (Author), May Gage (Author)
Having saved enough money to buy a disposable camera, a young boy goes into the Guatemalan jungle to take pictures of monkeys.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
Written and Illustrated by
Peter Spier
A story that emphasizes the similarities and differences among the four billion people on earth.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
  The People Who Hugged the Trees: An Environmental Folk Tale
Deborah Lee Rose (Adapter), Birgitta Saflund (Illustrator)
An environmental folktale from India.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Peppe the Lamplighter
Elisa Bartone (Author), Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
A young boy learns that every job is important.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Piano
Susan Keeter (Illustrator), William Miller (Author)
A young African-American girl's love of music leads her to a job in the home of an older white woman who not only teaches the girl to play the piano, but also about caring for others.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
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