Plot: Shadusa thinks he is the strongest man on earth and calls himself Master Man. But when his wife tells him one day that there is someone else stronger, Shadusa goes out to meet him, only to discover an amazing thing.
This story is an adaptation of a folk tale from the Hausa group in northern Nigeria.
The takeaway: When something doesn’t feel right we are always quick to blame others. Instead, we should take a hard look at ourselves because often time we are the ones causing the problem. And, sometimes, just by changing a little detail we make it right again. Continue reading Something Smells by Blake Liliane Hellman→
About sixty years ago, the African American workers at the Wonder Bread, Awrey, and Tastee bakery factories were not allowed to work as bread mixers or bread handlers. As a matter of fact, there were a lot of jobs that were given to “whites only”. The Civil Rights act, passed in 1964, made it against the law to employ people based on their skin color. This book is based on a true story and is intended as a life and history lesson. Continue reading These Hands by Margaret H. Mason→
Storyline: Mama Frances is in the kitchen, preparing vegetables for cooking when ‘Tricia Ann asks her if she can go Someplace Special all by herself. She’s all dressed up in a nice blue dress with a yellow ribbon, a hat, and a hand purse. ‘Tricia Ann is about 12 years old but as her grandmother, Mama Frances, says, “goin’ off alone is a mighty big step”. Continue reading Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack→
Storyline: Agate, the moose, looks at his own image as reflected in the water at the edge of the lake. He doesn’t like what he sees. He thinks of himself as a “big brown mistake”, as a “Tinker Toy project gone wrong”. Continue reading Agate by Joy Morgan Dey→
Storyline: It is late fall and people are going about their business like usual, the postman delivering the mail, the farmer stacking wood, the policeman watching the streets, his wife cleaning the house. But the fall won’t last much longer. The winter is coming, everybody says it. Continue reading White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt→
Premise: Old or young, a bear’s life is better in a pair.
Storyline: Little Cub is alone in a meadow. It looks like he has always been alone with no one to take care of him. But he doesn’t like the dark night. He doesn’t know how to catch fish so he is hungry and he is afraid to get honey as well. He wished he wasn’t alone. Deep in the forest, Continue reading Little Cub by Olivier Dunrea→
Storyline: Samantha is a little girl living with his father, a fisherman, on an island, near a large harbor. For most of the time Samantha, or Sam, is home alone; father gone to sea and mother passed away. Sam would pass the time sitting on the rug outside the house with her friend, Bangs, a black tomcat. All good so far if not for the fact that Sam had a very active imagination and she would tell things that were “moonshine” as her father told her one day. Continue reading Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness→