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Asian Heritage Month

Children's resources

A Different Pond

"As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam"

White Jade Tiger

Jasmine is not sure she likes the idea of being stuck in Victoria, British Columbia while her father goes to China. But on a field trip to Chinatown, she changes her mind. Passing through a doorway in Fan Tan Alley, she mysteriously finds herself in the Chinatown of the 1880s. Adventure begins with a new friend, a journey to the Fraser Canyon during the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and a search for a magical amulet from ancient times. But they are not the only ones searching for the white jade tiger.

Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

Although she really would have liked a jump rope for her birthday, Yoon is happy to receive a Korean picture book and a jade bracelet passed down from her grandmother, and when she wears the bracelet to school it seems as if her wish for a jump rope and a friend is about to come true.

Nuptse and Lohtse Go to the Rockies

Annotation When Mrs. Jasper, a large bear, loses her twin cubs, she needs Nuptse and Lhotse to help her find them. In a land of mountains, the cats will need to follow clues and use their imaginations to find out where these cubs have gone. As they make their way through the landscape, they learn what makes mountain lakes turquoise, what a couloir is, what not to do when you are in a canoe, how to cross an icefield, who belongs in these national parks and why bringing your most favorite thing on an adventure might just save the day.

Follow the Elephant

What thirteen-year-old boy wants to travel on a hopeless quest to India with his grandmother? Not Ben Leeson, whose anger about his father’s recent death has led him to escape into the isolated world of computer games. India is the last place Ben ever thought of visiting and his grandmother is the last person he’d ever dreamed of travelling with, but the ticket is already bought and Ben finds himself in India on a search for Gran’s long lost pen pal, Shanti.

Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan

"Two stories of bravery in one beautiful book! Meet two brave young heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the right to freedom and education in this inspirational nonfiction picture book from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. One country: Pakistan. Two children: Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafzai. Each was unafraid to speak out. He, against inhumane child slavery in the carpet trade. She, for the right of girls to attend school. Both were shot by those who disagreed with them--he in 1995, she in 2012. Iqbal was killed instantly; Malala miraculously survived and continues to speak out around the world. The stories of these two courageous children whose bravery transcended their youth are an inspiration to all"

Malala Yousafzai

This is the true, inspiring story of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out for every child's right to education. Malala spoke before the United Nations on her 16th birthday in 2012, just nine months after she was shot.

Chibi

When Oka-san, a brown-and-gold duck, selects the Mitsui Office Park as the perfect spot for her nest, people flock from downtown Tokyo to watch the ducklings hatch. A modern-day Make Way for Ducklings, set in Japan.

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