But the children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn’t welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don’t wear dresses.
One day when Morris feels all alone, and sick from the taunts of his classmates, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris reads about elephants, and puts together a puzzle, and dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo.
Inspired by his dream, Morris paints the incredible scene he saw, and brings it with him to school. He builds his own spaceship, hangs his painting on the front of it and takes two of his classmates on an outer space adventure.
With warm, dreamy illustrations Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris’s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.
In an already restless world of uncertainty, a kid one day shows up out of nowhere in the town of Blank Mills. Nobody knows his name, not even himself. As a mute deaf child, this kid follows a mysterious pull to find his way home, changing the lives and perspectives of those around him. How fitting is it that they nicknamed him "Changer?"
This is his story.
In this acclaimed book, the author of the Newbery Honor Book To Be a Slave shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. A strong choice for sharing at home or in the classroom.
Karen Barbour's dramatic, vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester's unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us. "This stunning picture book introduces race as just one of many chapters in a person's story" (School Library Journal). "Lester's poignant picture book helps children learn, grow, discuss, and begin to create a future that resolves differences" (Children's Literature).
Julius Lester said: "I write because our lives are stories. If enough of these stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details."
I am a story. So are you. So is everyone.
This is the story of Simba, a young boy whose destiny it is to save his people from the unjust invaders who have subjugated them.
Simba is born into a world where his people are forced to work for their foreign overlords, the Iyan. The villagers are also forced to pay heavy taxes. And those that cannot pay are sold into slavery. These are tough times. Their food supplies are dwindling, and the only way that the villagers can survive is by working on the cocoa plantation controlled by the Iyan.
But everything changes the day an Iyan landmine kills his mother. His latent powers awaken and he leads a rebellion against the foreign invaders. But will he succeed in defeating these powerful tyrants that have ruled their village for more than one hundred years?
Read Simba: The Rise of a Young Warrior to find out what this young hero will do and how he grows into his power.
The family is packing, getting ready to go to a cottage near the Gemmi Pass, not far from Leukerbad in Switzerland.
What Adventures await Rita and Ella in the Alps in the vicinity of the Gemmi Pass? Well you’ll have to download this book and find out for yourself!
This is a nice bedtime story or excellent for young readers to read for themselves and short enough to be read to younger children.
Johanna Spyri (1827 - 1901) was a Swiss author of children's stories, best known for Heidi. Born Johanna Louise Heusser in the rural area of Hirzel, Switzerland, as a child she spent several summers in the area around Chur in Graubünden, the setting she later would use in her novels.
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