Collection: Beautiful Life

Beautiful Life: A Focus on Culture
Here is a selection of books from our collection in the Beautiful Life category. Books in the Beautiful Life category are stories about a particular racial or cultural group experience, that take readers into the everyday world of characters in countries around the world, with specific cultural components such as language, food, celebrations, and traditions. These titles are only a sample of what you can find in our full collection. To see more, use the filtered search on the left-hand bar: go to “Book-Category” and click “Beautiful Life.”



The house Baba built

2011

by Ed Young and Libby Koponen

"In Ed Young's childhood home in Shanghai, all was not as it seemed: a rocking chair became a horse; a roof became a roller rink; an empty swimming pool became a place for riding scooters and bikes. The house his father built transformed as needed into a place to play hide-and-seek, to eat bamboo shoots, and to be safe. For outside the home's walls, China was at war. Soon the house held not only Ed and his four siblings but also friends, relatives, and even strangers who became family. The war grew closer, and Ed watched as planes flew overhead and friends joined the Chinese air force. But through it all, Ed's childhood remained full of joy and imagination"--Amazon.com

Beautiful Life Biography






Finding the music

2015

by Jennifer Torres, Renato Alarcão and Alexis Romay

"A young Latina girl accidentally breaks her grandfather's vihuela and searches for someone in the community to fix the instrument, which leads her to discover her grandfather's legacy as a mariachi. Includes an author's note and glossary"--|cProvided by publisher

Beautiful Life


Funny bones

2015

by Duncan Tonatiuh

Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras-- skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities--came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexico's Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Juxtaposing his own art with that of Lupe's, author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity. The book includes an author's note, bibliography, glossary, and index

Beautiful Life Biography