Children - Social Studies

Gingerbread for Liberty

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Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution Cover Image
By Mara Rockliff, Vincent X. Kirsch (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544130012
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 27th, 2015

What a delightful way to introduce young elementary students to Social Studies! This tale, based on a true story, tells of the German baker who helped win the American Revolution by baking bread for General Washington’s troops and luring the Hessians away from the British army with his delicious gingerbread. Yummy illustrations and a recipe for gingerbread add to the fun. ~ Reviewed by Gail King


Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World by Jack Andraka - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062369659
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Published: HarperCollins - March 10th, 2015

This is a must-read for anyone who wonders if they can do something innovative. This young man had the interest and the drive to go for it and it payed off!! This is also a story about bullying. Very, very inspiring. ~ Reviewed by Fran Tobia


Africa, Pirouettes and Family

I picked up a book. Not unusual. But the subject was: an autobiography of ballet dancer, Michaela DePrince. Someone I was unfamiliar with...but I know few dancers, let alone ballet dancers. Yet, the cover photograph of Taking Flight by Michaela and Elaine DePrince said, "Read me!"

Her name was Mabinty Bangura. As a very young child, her parents were killed due to Sierra Leones war and diseases. Her uncle sold her to an orphanage where she became, Number -27. Suffering abuse by the "aunties" who cared for the children and even by the children themselves (until her imagination made her friends), she would try to learn as much as she could. She was already able to read, write and speak many languages (unusual because of her age and gender). Then the soldiers came, (READ MORE)

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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385755115
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 14th, 2014

Taking Flight

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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385755115
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 14th, 2014

Her name was Mabinty Bangura. When she was a very young child, both her parents were killed due to war and diseases of Sierra Leone. Her uncle sold her to an orphanage where she would be known as Number -27. Here the horrors of her culture and war meant she was barely surviving. Only after Mabinty was adopted by an American family that things changed. She became Michaela. She gained a new Mama and Papa, older brothers, a new sister (her best friend from the orphanage) and later other younger sisters. And Michaela would be able to follow her new found passion: ballet. Told in her own voice, Michaela and her mother Elaine, show the journey of one child who has beaten the odds. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Standing up for Freedom

Two people of Pakistan stood up for freedom and education. They were not politicians or even adults. They were Iqbal and Malala. Two children who wanted the rights given to others.

In Jeanette Winter's newest picture book, Malala A brave Girl from a Pakistan/Iqbal A Brave Boy from Pakistan, we are introduced to these two powerful stories. Open the book on one side: we see Malala Yousafzai. She spoke out so girls could go to school. Flip it over and we see Iqbal Masih. He spoke out against child slavery in the carpet trade. (READ MORE)

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By Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481422949
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Published: Beach Lane Books - November 4th, 2014

Dear Malala

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780553521207
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 28th, 2014

This is a perfect gift for kids of all ages, written to Malala Yousafzai, the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, in the form of an open letter. The message is simple, “Education is the only solution. Education first. ~ Reviewed by Whitney Kaaz


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