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Moja Means One

By Muriel Feelings

Illustrated by Tom Feelings

Published by Dial Press, 1971

This black-and-white book shows the way to count to ten in Swahili.  After each number, the book also gives a tidbit of information about Africa.  The beautiful drawn illustrations illustrate the text and give additional information about life in Africa.

A great book to use in Geography when studying Africa in Grade 9.

Awards: Caldecott Honor Book

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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The Relatives Came

by Cynthia Rylant

Illustrated by Stephen Gammell

Published by Simon and Schuster, 1985

Relatives descend on their family to the north and stay for weeks.  In a blissful, loving, crowded and chaotic summer, the book illustrates the true meaning of family.

A beautiful, warm narrative perfect for late elementary.  The ilustrations include details that give clues to the home of the relatives (Virginia), and the time of year, and their destination.

Awards: Caldecott Honor

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Jimmy the Greatest!

Written by Jairo Boitrago

Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

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Published by Groundwood Books 2010

Jimmy lives in a small village in Central America, where there isn’t much other than a church and a boxing ring.  Jimmy is inspired by his boxing coach and Muhammed Ali, and practices hard to become a good boxer.  However, when his coach leaves, Jimmy stays behind to run gym, open a small library, and be part of his humble town.

Great connections to literature and history.  References to contemporary Muhammed Ali at the peak of his career.  Great geographical and economical connections as well.  Students can look at how the people in Central America live.

Spanish edition won Venezuela’s Best Book of the Year Award.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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And if the Moon Could Talk

Written by Kate Banks

Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben

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This poetic, peaceful piece is about a little girl getting ready for bed in her part of the world, and alternates between her and the moon as it gazes down on other cultures all over the planet.  A luxurious, lush read.  Very enjoyable.

Curriculum connections to identifying culture and geography.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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