Friends In Times
Friends from the Other Side/Amigos
Del Otro Lado
by Gloria Anzaldúa
Children's Book Press, 1993
Celebrated Chicana essayist and poet Glorian Anzaldúa
here brings her mighty pen to further understanding about "los
cruzados" -- the men, women and children who cross over
the border from Mexico into the United States. This is the story
of one such young, undocumented Mexican worker who struggles
against hardship and misunderstanding to endure.
Pink and Say
by Patricia Polacco
What happened during the U.S. Civil War? One of the things not
many readers might expect would be a friendship between a Black
and a White soldier. Patricia Polacco, as always, finds ways
to make these proud connections between friends, even in times
Sukey and the Mermaid
by Robert D. San Souci
Four Winds Press, 1992
Sukey isn't happy with her mama's new marriage, but she finds
a way to make peace and find friendship, with the help of Mama
Jo, who is ... a mermaid! A folktale from South Carolina, U.S.A.
Anansi Finds a Fool
by Verna Aardema.
Can you find a friend, if all you want to do is trick them into
doing your chores? In this Ashanti tale, lazy Anansi is fooled
into his chores himself! Who is the real fool Anansi finds?
The Crab Prince
Retold and Illustrated by Christopher Manson
Henry Holt and Company, 1991
What if the person you loved was changed into a crab by a mean
ghula? Find out, when you read this story. Inspired by
an Italian folktale and the art of eighteenth-century Venice.
by Jeanne M. Lee
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1991
The Empty Pot
Lotus, a little girl in Kampuchea who does not hear or speak,
discovers that her body still has great gifts of expression.
Lotus becomes a famous dancer in the Khmer kingdom, performing
in the king's court and even in the temples of the gods.
Sometimes it's hard to tell the truth, but when Ping admits that
he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from seeds
given out by the Emperor, he is rewarded by the Emperor for his
The Fourth Question: A Chinese Tale
retold by Rosalind C. Wang
Holiday House, 1991
Boots and His Brothers: A Norwegian
Yee-Lee makes a long trip to find friendship and advice with
the Wise Man of Kun-lun Mountain. Mostly, Yee-Lee wants to know
why he is so poor. Coming back down the mountain, Yee-Lee finds
a new truth about riches and rewards.
retold by Eric A. Kimmel
Holiday House, 1991
Boots has two very rude brothers who are mean to just about everyone!
But Boots is different and, when he is kind to an old woman,
she gives him good advice that helps him to earn great good fortune!
Making Proud Connections
Elijah's Angel: A Story for
Chanukah and Christmas
by Michael J. Rosen
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992
The season for Christmas and Chanukah inspires Michael, a nine-year-old
Jewish boy, to make a special menorah as a gift for his friend
Elijah, an African-American woodcarver in his eighties. Elijah
has been working on a gift for his friend, too: he gives Michael
an angel that he has carved with his own hands.
Meet Danitra Brown
by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
As always, Cooper's illustrations are bound to capture the attention
of young listeners and early readers, in this collection of snazzy
poems about young Danitra and her best friend, Zuri, who take
themselves beyond the city as they jump rope and share dreams.
Mrs. Katz and Tush
by Patricia Polacco
Bantam Books, 1992
Anancy and Mr. Dry-Bone
Another in the series of great children's books by Patricia Polacco,
this is the story of Mrs. Katz, a lonely Jewish widow from Poland,
who becomes friends with a young African American boy, Larnel,
who gives Mrs. Katz the suprise gift of a kitten.
by Fiona French
Little, Brown, and Co., 1991
Two characters from Jamaican and African folktales, Anancy and
Mr. Dry-Bone, both want to marry beautiful Miss Louise. The problem
is that first they have to make her laugh!