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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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  To Be A Drum
Evelyn Coleman (Author), Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Illustrator)
A father tells his children how Africans were brought to America as slaves, but promises his children that as long as they can hear the rhythm of the earth, they will be free.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Too Many Tamales
Ed Martinez (Illustrator), Gary Soto (Author)
A glimpse into a Mexican-American family celebration.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  Totem Pole
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A Tsimshian Indian proudly describes how his father carves a totem pole for the Klallam tribe.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
  Traditional Crafts from Mexico and Central America
Randall Gooch (Illustrator), Florence Temko (Author)
Instructions on how to make traditional Mexican and Central American handicraft, such as metal ornaments, tissue paper banners and Guatemalan worry dolls.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
  The Tree That Rains: The Flood Myth of the Huichol Indians of Mexico
Durga Bernhard (Illustrator), Emery Bernhard (Reteller)
The flood myth of the Huichol Indians of Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
  Trees of the Dancing Goats
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
Trisha loves Hanukkah, when her Babushka makes potato latkes and her Grampa carves animals out of wood as gifts for her. But when Trisha learns that her neighbors aren’t able to celebrate Christmas because they are all bedridden with scarlet fever, she finds it difficult to enjoy the Hanukkah festivities. Grampa suggests cutting down trees to bring to the neighbors, but there is nothing to decorate them with. Although it is a sacrifice, Trisha realizes that Grampa's carved animals are the perfect answer and soon she and her family are delivering beautifully ornamented trees to their neighbors and celebrating the miracle of true friendship.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
  The Ugly Vegetables
Written and Illustrated by
Grace Lin
A young girl thinks that her mother's garden is the ugliest on the block, but soon realizes that the Chinese vegetables that her mother is growing are the best of all because they taste great in her soup.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
  Uncle Vova's Tree
Written by
Patricia Polacco
The celebration of a Russian Orthodox Christmas is recalled as a family prepares for its annual celebration.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  The Upside Down Boy/El niñode cabeza
Elizabeth Gómez (Illustrator), Juan Felipe Herrera (Author)
A young boy recalls the year when his parents settled down in the city so he could go to school for the first time.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
  A Vacation in the Village
Written by
Pierre Yves Njeng
Nweb is a city boy and is afraid to take a family vacation to the village of his grandparents. He makes a friend, enjoys himself, and learns a lot about his culture.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
 
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