Multicultural Literature

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Multicultural Literature

Beaver Steals Fire by the Salish and Kootenai Tribes This book tells of the ancient tale of how fire came to Earth, told by the Salish tribe of Montana. Curlew, the keeper of the sky world, kept fire from Earth for many years, but animals of Earth created a plan to bring that fire to Earth once and for all. The story teaches of fire awareness and fire significance as well as many traditions of the Salish people. I see this book being incorporated into an environmental lesson.

Multicultural Literature

Name: Julie Chabot

.....Children's Books.....

The Ticky-Tacky Doll by Cynthia RylantAn Appalachian girl takes her doll everywhere, but on the first day of school, she knows she is not allowed to bring it. This makes her very sad, but her Grandmama helps her to feel much better. She sews the dolls into her grandaughter's backpack so that she will always be able to carry it with her no matter what. This story can be incorporated into the first week of school when the children may be homesick.

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan TonatiuhThis book uses a rabbit family to explain about how a human Hispanic family decides to cross the border to America in search of a better life. In the story, the Papa Rabbit leaves for the great carrot and lettuce field of the north in the hopes of making more money for his family. With this, it symbolizes a father leaving his family from Mexico and moving to America in order to better provide for his family. The cute story tells of a little rabbit that sets out on a journey to find his father, and in the end, the Papa Rabbit has to save him from a coyote. The book is filled with real emotions of love, fear, and hope, that Mexican families feel when making the journey to a new place for a new life.

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz RyanThis book combines biography with magical realism, literary fiction, and poetry to tell the story of a Latino boy named Nefali who grows up to be one of the most widely read poets in the world. The book begins when Nefli is born and continues on through his childhood and into his adult life, incorporating his Latino culture within the story. It is incredibly inspiring, not just for Latino children, but for children of all background who want to pursue a writing or artistry career.

Grandfather Counts by Andrea Cheng Helen, a young biracial child, has to give up her room when her grandfather visits from China. Her grandfather is upset that his grandchildren cannot speak his language, and so he spends time in his room. Helen and her grandfather begin to bond when they are watching trains go by and count them, teaching each other how to count in their own languages. Through this bonding, Helen spends more time with her Grandfather, and learns more about her cultural heritage. The book can be read during the Asian American Heritage month every May. It can also be taught on a lesson having to do with communicating and getting along with others, whether they are of your same culture or not.

Just the Two of Us by Will SmithFatherhood and family take place within this African American based children’s book. The story follows a son’s life from birth to adulthood, and the narrator is the father of the boy. It is filled with love, compassion, and dedication, and shows that all families, no matter the color, can have such strong love for one another. It is a good book to incorporate into the curriculum because it allows African American children to see themselves portrayed in a good light. They can relate to the book, and it can strengthen their love for themselves and their families.

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakA foster girl named Liesel comes to live in Munich with her foster parents in 1939. She is obsessed with stealing books and learns to read with the help of her new father. While her family hides a Jewish man in their basement, she befriends him and reads to him when he is sick. Children who are Jewish as well as German will be able to identify with the book, learn from history's mistakes and triumphs, and identify with the characters. This book would go wonderfully with a lesson on Germany and the Nazis during WWII.

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra MohammedA young girl named Lina who lives in a refugee camp in Pakistan becomes good friends with a girl who had the matching shoe that Lina wanted. They got the shoes from relief workers. They decide to share the shoes, which make them friends, and together, they work through sacrifice, uncertainty, and fear as they wait for their names to one day be called to go to America. This is a good book to use within the classroom because it teaches about the struggles that some children had to go through at such a young age. Often times, it's hard for the mainstream children to understand hardships, and so reading this book would be a very educational experience.


  • MsMcBean 7 years ago

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    This is an informative glog.