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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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  A Movie in My Pillow/Una Pelicula En Mi Almohada
Jorge Argueta (Author), Elizabeth Gomez (Illustrator)
Poetry from El Salvador, in English and Spanish.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Mr. Pak Buys a Story
Carol Farley (Author), Benrei Huang (Illustrator)
A Korean folktale about a wealthy couple's servant who buys an unusual story from a thief that proves to be well worth the price.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Written and Illustrated by
John Steptoe
A modern African fable with insights into values.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
  My First Book of Proverbs/ Mi primer libro de dichos
Ralfka Gonzalez (Author), Ana Ruiz (Illustrator)
Humorous contemporary illustrations of traditional Mexican-American proverbs.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  New Year Be Coming!A Gullah Year
Katharine Boling (Author), Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
Verses written in the Gullah dialect of the southeastern U.S. seacoast and illustrated in woodcuts describe the months of the year and the activities of each month.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Night on Neighborhood Street
Eloise Greenfield (Author), Jan Spivey (Illustrator)
A collection of poems exploring the sights and sounds of a neighborhood during one evening.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Nine-in-One, Grr! Grr!: A Folktale from the Hmong People of Laos
Nancy Hom (Illustrator), Blia Xiong (Author)
A Hmong folktale that explains why the land isn't overrun with tigers.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
  The Old African
Julius Lester (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Based on an Ybo slave legend and infused with magical realism, this is the story of an elderly slave, Jaja, who can draw the pain of others into his mind and hones this skill when captured in Africa, dragged into a slave ship, and carted to Georgia. Jaja uses the power of his mind to ease the suffering of his fellow slaves and eventually lead them back to Africa. The graphic text and illustrations depict the horror and brutality of slavery.
[Grade Level: 4 - 8]
  Oom Razoom: Or Go I Know Not Where, Bring Back I Know Not What: A Russian Tale
Dennis McDermott (Illustrator), Diane Wolkstein (Reteller)
A retelling of a Russian folktale about Alexis the archer, his magical wife and their adventures.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
  The Paper Bag Princess
Robert Munsch (Author), Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
A princess rescues the prince she is supposed to marry by outsmarting a dragon, but when the prince is not at all grateful and is more concerned with her appearance, she decides not to marry him.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
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