Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Crayons: What's New On Our Shelves

Remember when you were a kid and getting new crayons was a big deal? Getting new books holds the same kind of magic for some of us big kids. Every week on Sunday, I post what's new in our box. I think crayons is a pretty cool metaphor for multicultural lit. Every week we receive a book is a good week.
Thanks to Carol Rasco, I'll be doing some book shopping for our library and the Prize Bucket. And thanks to Jodie, we have some great titles to shelve now. Won't list everything just a few highlights:

Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim. I really enjoyed this. Doret reviewed it and you can find a cool review at Muslimah Media Watch. In a fast-paced, entertaining read, Nina narrates her life and drama as the only Pakistani and Muslim girl in her high school. She deals with worries about school and boys, as well body hair and strict parents.

The Color Of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa. I read the first volume, The Color Of Earth and loved it. I also shared this with a friend's daughter who read it in a matter of a couple of hours. This is the final volume in the series. I'm pretty sure we have volume two.One of the keenest pleasures of this book, as with the previous two volumes, is its exquisitely beautiful artwork. Pitch-perfect traditional style and content merge seamlessly with the modern conventions of sequential art storytelling. It’s like a Korean costume drama in two-dimensions…save that costume dramas on television typically depict the lives of the privileged, while the protagonist of the Colors Trilogy is a girl of very modest means and ambitions. See full review at Graphic Novel Reporter.

Come With Me by Naomi Shihab Nye. I'm a huge Nye fan. We have a few collections by her in the library. Very much looking forward to reading this. The 16 free-verse, lyric poems here make a unique contribution to original poetry for children. Nye's voice is direct and natural, but magical in its sensibility, with an attention to the world and to itself that recalls the work of Emily Dickinson or William Stafford. And she has an ear for kids' voices. Read more here.

I have more but my hope is that you'll check these out and report back.

What did you get this week in the mail, at the bookstore or at the library?

Happy reading.


gautami tripathy said...

Interesting ones.

Here is what I got:

Mondays: Musings/Mailbox/Whereabouts

MissAttitude said...

I'm definitely hoping to read Skunk Girl over the holidays. I'll have to check out the Colors Trilogy. Happy reading!

Jodie said...

I got a bunch of books for other people (and online book swaps) but for myself I got The City and the City by China Melville and The Women of Nell Gwynes by Kage (is it Barker?). Really crossing my fingers that I get Skunkgirl in the Reading in Color online gift swap.

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