I SEE THE SUN IN AFGHANISTAN
Written by Dedie King
Illustrated by Judith Inglese
At dawn, the lambs bleat and the doves coo. The sun rises as the child walks with her sister to the well for the family’s water. In the morning, she sits on the grass outside and listens to her teacher. At noon, she picks vegetables in the family garden.
In the afternoon, she works on a quilt with her mother and sister, then goes to the pasture to watch over the sheep. After dinner, she listens to the radio with her family, and then curls up to sleep next to her sister and cousins. The moon rises and the sheep fall asleep too.
This book brings children in-to village life in Afghanistan, where dinner is lamb stew and naan, and families make room in their homes for relatives displaced by war. Village elders meet daily, and tell children stories of their own childhood.
The simplicity of the story is part of the book’s charm. The child in the story tells about a day in her life. Young readers will be able to read the story themselves, with some assistance with the few Dari words that are included. Children love the delightful pictures. The illustrations are colorful collages of photographs and drawings that capture the routine and stark beauty of desert life in Afghanistan.
The book is written in both English and Dari (Afghan Farsi), which gives readers a glimpse into another written language. There is a glossary and an overview of the country for parents and teachers. This book is part of a series of books about children’s lives in different countries.
Highly recommended for ages 3 and up.
Published by Satya House, this book is available at your local bookstore.
THE CAVE MONSTER
Written by Thomas & Peter Weck
Illustrated by Len DiSalvo
Lima Bear and his friends are off on another adventure when L. Joe Bean is captured by the Cave Monster. The friends decide to go to Black Cave at night, when they hope the Cave Monster will be asleep. But the cave is dark and scary, and it takes a great deal of courage to go in. Lima Bear leads the way, and there is L. Joe Bean, tied up and very glad to see them. Suddenly, the Cave Monster appears. Will the heroes escape with their friend?
This fun story is full of action and excitement. The monster is just scary enough to keep kids enthralled, but not so scary that they will be afraid. The conclusion is funny and of course, everything works out in the end. Children will love the colorful characters and the funny illustrations. The pictures are large and vibrant, and are sure to appeal to young children.
There are wonderful messages underlying the fast-paced story. Children will love the example of friends working together and facing challenges even when scared.
This is a book in a series by this father-and-son writing team.
For ages 3 and up.
Published by Lima Bear Press, this book is available at your local bookstore.
JIMMY THE SQUIRREL
Written by Amr Taher
Illustrated by Nataly Graphics
Jimmy is working happily collecting nuts for the upcoming winter. He has lots of good friends and the forest is a wonderful home. But one day, a noisy monster roars through the forest, ripping up the trees and destroying the homes of all of the animals. Jimmy and the other squirrels barely escaped in time. What will they do now? All the food they have saved for the winter is gone, and it is no longer safe in the forest. Jimmy comes up with a daring plan to ride a human bus to a new forest!
When machines destroy Jimmy’s forest, he and his friends must work together to find new homes. Jimmy’s courage and leadership help his friends and family survive.
This book gets children to think about what happens to the animals when their forest homes are destroyed. It also encourages them to use their imaginations, help others, and take leadership when it is needed.
Children will love the bright colorful illustrations that keep the story from being too serious and scary. The pictures help kids empathize with the squirrels, and they will laugh at the squirrels playing cards and outwitting the bus driver.
Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Published by AuthorHouse, this book is available at your local bookstore.
THE ADVENTURES OF LUMI NARY LIGHT:
A Fairy Tale of A Teeny Tiny Angel
Written and illustrated by Sonya Haramis
Lumi is a very small angel who needs to earn her wings. Her task is to help two runaway children find their way home safely. On the way through the dark woods, Lumi takes them to meet magical beings — even the sun and the moon. She teaches them how to meditate, and gets help from a star. But will she be able to get the children home by dawn? Will Lumi earn her wings, or will they be trapped in the dark woods forever?
This lovely fairy tale will be cherished by children and their parents. The story is full of love and magic, and will charm young and old alike. Children will embrace the lovely message of hope and love, and will take little Lumi into their hearts.
This chapter book will be perfect for bedtime reading, and the charming drawings may encourage children to draw their own versions of Lumi and her magical friends. Parents will be able to use Lumi’s lessons to help their children learn to visualize and meditate, just like the children in the book.
Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Published by Peace of the Dreamer, this book is available at your local bookstore.