Our Beautiful Life category features stories about a particular racial or cultural group experience. Beautiful Life books take readers into the everyday world of characters in countries around the world, with specific cultural components such as language, food, celebrations, traditions, and/or other elements.
When a young girl finds a mysterious, discarded book of martial arts poses, she ignores the warning printed in bold inside its cover: DO NOT ATTEMPT THESE FORMS WITHOUT AN EXPERIENCED TEACHER! She decides to attempt them herself, but is shocked to find that doing so conjures real animals right into her home! The chaos escalates as she releases a leopard, a snake, and a dragon, each creature larger and more destructive than the last.
It's moving day. After a long morning of chores and unpacking, Jorge and his family--brother, sisters, mom and dad, and grandparents--have eaten a quick lunch, then gone back to emptying boxes. Soon Jorge is ready for a cookie break. But where is the cookie jar? Jorge sets out to find this family treasure, and the cookies he hopes it contains. Checking with family members one by one, he conducts a thorough search of the new house. Jorge finally finds the cookie jar and discovers how it got to its surprising location. This story contains 14 Spanish words and short phrases, which appear in blue. For help pronouncing them, or understanding what they mean, a glossary is provided following the story.
On an outing in Nicola Valley, British Columbia, a First Nations family forages for herbs and mushrooms while the grandmother passes down her language and knowledge to her young grandchildren. Includes glossary.
"Learn about Southeast Alaska Native subsistence activities and foods in this original text.... Readers travel on a journey through the seasons while exploring Native traditions, cultural values, and the beautiful and bountiful Southeast Alaskan landscape"--Book Jacket
A story told in verse (as a series of individual poems), a Chinese American girl and her little brother protest the idea of moving, until their grandmother teaches them a special trick to make the change easier
Penny wanted to wear her hair down like all of the other girls in her class. She wondered why her friends had long straight hair and she did not. Feeling different made her feel sad. Penny's mom assured her that her hair is perfect and just because her hair is different from her friends' hair, it doesn't mean that it's bad. Penny's mom decides to style her hair in puffballs. Penny learns through a series of fun adventures, that wonderful and magical things happen when she wears her puffballs