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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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  Father Gander Nursery Rhymes
Doug Larche (Author), Carolyn Blattel (Illustrator)
This book is a collection of nursery rhymes in which boys and girls are treated completely equally. This collection has rhymes that are nonsexist, nonracist, and nonviolent.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
Heather Forest (Author), Marcia Cutchin (Illustrator)
Appearing before a wise rabbi, a woman who has damaged the reputation of another insincerely vows to make amends. The rabbi, fearing that she has not learned her lesson, instructs her to gather all the feathers released into the wind from a feather pillow, a task that drives home the damaging nature of gossip.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
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This book uses poems and pictures to describe the various emotions that all humans feel: happiness, sadness, jealousy, joy, fear and love.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
  The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story
Joseph Bruchac (Reteller), Anna Vojtech (Illustrator)
A Cherokee tale of friendship and respect.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Fourth Question: A Chinese Folktale
Ju-Hong Chen (Illustrator), Rosiland C. Wang (Author)
A young man named Yee-Lee goes on a long journey to find out why he is living in poverty. Along the journey, Yee-Lee learns about the rewards and importance of helping others.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de veramo
Francisco X. Alarcón (Author), Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)
A collection of twenty-two bilingual poems inspired by the author's recollections of childhood summers in Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English
Alma Flor Ada (Author), Simon Silva (Illustrator)
The letters of the alphabet are presented through English and Spanish poetry.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Ghost and Lone Warrior: An Arapaho Legend
Written and Illustrated by
C. J. Taylor
This Arapaho Indian legend tells the story of Lone Warrior who courageously leads a hunting expedition, but is hurt by an accident that occurs during the expedition. Lone Warrior is left behind by the hunting party and must overcome many different obstacles to survive.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
  The Giant and the Spring
Kuang-ts’ai Hao (Reteller), Eva Wang (Illustrator)
A kind giant brings Spring in from the cold but soon realizes he must share him with the rest of the world.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Girl Who Wanted to Hunt: A Siberian Tale
Durga Bernhard (Illustrator), Emery Bernhard (Author)
A Siberian tale of a young girl who brings hope and comfort to children everywhere.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
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