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Books in this category include some traditional and some non-traditional versions of stories and poems from around the world. Some of these tales convey life lessons; others are intended to delight and amuse the reader or listener. Some of the poems were written by children.
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  Calling of the Doves/El canto de las palomas
Juan Felipe Herrera (Author), Elly Simmons (Illustrator)
The author recalls his childhood in the mountains and valleys of California with his farmworker parents who inspired him with poetry and song.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
  A Child's Calendar
Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), John Updike (Author)
A collection of 12 poems describing the activities in a child's life as well as the changes in the weather from January to December.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Children of Asian America
Gene H. Mayeda (Illustrator), Sandra S. Yamate (Author)
An anthology of original poems and children's stories.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  Come to the Great World: Poems from Around the Globe
Written by
Wendy Cooling
Poems and traditional chants that focus on common issues and concerns of children everywhere.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Cool Melons Turn to Frogs! The Life and Poems of Issa
Matthew Gollub (Author), Kazuko G. Stone (Illustrator)
A biography of and introduction to the work of the Japanese haiku poet.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
  Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale
Retold by
Janet Stevens
A Ute tale about Coyote who has taken what doesn't belong to him and Hummingbird who comes to his rescue.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Crayon Box that Talked
Shane Derolf (Author), Michael Letzig (Illustrator)
Although they are many different colors, the crayons in a box discover that when they get together they can appreciate each other and make a complete picture.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
  Dance, Mice, Dance!: Bailen, Ratones, Bailen!
Kuang-ts’ai Hao (Reteller), Stefan Tartarotti (Illustrator)
Based on The Piped Piper of Hamlin, a magic flute player befriends a group of mice.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Dancing Palm Tree and Other Nigerian Folktales
Helen Siegel (Illustrator), Barbara K. Walker (Reteller)
Eleven Nigerian folktale.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  Darkness and the Butterfly
Written by
Ann Grifalconi
This story takes place in an African tribal setting. Osa, an adventurous young girl, has an excessive fear of the dark. But after meeting the Wise Woman, her fear quickly goes away.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
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