A great study in compare and contrast for the primary set.
Baseball may be the Great American Pastime, but it's also a beloved sport in Japan. Come along with one little boy and his grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, as he learns about baseball and it is celebrated in two different cultures. Youngsters will love pointing out the differences in the side-by-side illustrations and a mini-glossary at the end reinforces words and concepts. And it's just a fun read. An all-around home-run. Or homuran, as they say in Japan. Includes an author's note at the end with additional information.
Illustrated by author. pp. 40. Published by Atheneum, 2013.
Each kindness makes the world a little better…
When a new student joins their class, Chloe and most of the other kids shun the little girl. And we wonder why. Maya is a little different. She wears hand-me-down clothes and plays with old-fashioned toys like jacks. Each time Maya makes an effort to be friendly and join in with Chloe and her clique, they turn away. Eventually, Maya stops trying, and then stops coming to school altogether. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even the smallest acts of kindness have a ripple effect in the world, Chloe is ashamed by her actions and the missed opportunity for friendship. She ponders how things could have been better if she'd only shown a little kindness toward Maya.
This is one of those rare children's picture books that doesn't feel the need to force a happy ending. Lovely, melancholy, thought-provoking and sure to provoke in-depth discussions of the nature of kindness and caring. Beautiful illustrations as well.
Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Published by Nancy Paulsen Books. 2012.
Joanne Zienty is a school librarian, teacher, reader, writer and published author who firmly believes there are so many good books and not enough time to read them!