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All worth borrowing from the library

The Urban Sketcher by Marc Taro Holmes (Techniques for seeing and drawing on location)

Sketch City by Dopress Books (Tips and inspiration for drawing on location)

The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss (Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Achieving Your Creative Goals)

An Illustrated Journey by Danny Gregory (Inspiration from the private journals of travelling artists, illustrators and designers)

The Sketchnote Handbook AND The Sketchnote Workbook by Mike Rhode (visual notes)

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North America

For a family living DownUnder, North American stories are very well represented on our bookshelves.
We have dipped into the many novels and non-fiction titles as the children conducted their final continent study. The following are the extras we borrowed from the library:

How Did the Vikings Come to Canada? by Rose Goldsmith
First People of the Americas by Trisha Sertori
Canada by Marshall and Richardson
The Inuit of Canada by Danielle Corriveau **
Canada the People by Bobbie Kalman
Canada by Greg Nickles and Niki Walker
The Kids Book of Canada by Barbara Greenwood **
Animals of America by Tom Jackson

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South America

Up and Down the Andes by Laurie Krebs and Aurelia Fronty

The Littlest Llama by Jane Buxton

Blood of the Incas by David Harris

South American Food and Cooking by Jenni Fleetwood & Marina Filippelli

The Food and Cooking of the Caribbean by Jenni Fleetwood & Marina Filippelli

The Search for Lost Cities by Nicola Barker

Margaret Mee’s Amazon – Diaries of an Artist Explorer

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

Machu Picchu by Sheryl Peterson

Investigating Machu Picchu by Emily Sohn (junk food book!)

Treasure in the Jungle by Wendy Clemson and Frances Clemson

Machu Picchu by Deborah Kops

Machu Picchu by Kate Riggs

Ancient Inca by Beth Gruber (National Geographic Investigates)

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark

“It’s a Jungle Out There!” by Ron Snell

Jim Elliot by Sue Shaw

Mountain Wildlife by Anna Claybourne and Antonia Cunningham

Famous Places of the World South America by Helen Bateman and Jayne Denshire

Life in Ancient South America by Hazel Richardson

Exploring Countries Peru by Lisa Owings

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Middle East

quick round-up

This is Israel by M. Sasek

Sami and the Time of Trouble by Florence Parry Heide & Judith Heide Gilliland

I Can Cook Middle Eastern Food by Wendy Blaxland

Tasting the Sky – A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat

The Breadwinner Collection by Deborah Ellis

poetry anthology

middle eastern cookery by arto des haroutunian

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out of Africa:literature

African Literature:

Prester John by John Buchan

Star of Light by Patricia St John

The Shadows of Ghadames by Joelle Stolz

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Jungle Doctor books by Paul White

Journey to Jo’berg by Beverley Naidoo

African Myths and Folktales by Carter Godwin Woodson

Sama by Rene Guillot

A Pride of African Tales by Donna L. Washington

African Stories retold by Robert Hull

An Extra Special Book We Read Aloud:

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

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out of Africa:picture books

Another two months, another continent. Actually this time we have wandered around Africa and zipped over to the Middle East as well.

We have had a lot of fun with African sunset pictures with silhouette people stuck onto the backgrounds – multiple copies were made for us and then some more were made to send with our latest letters to our sponsored children in Togo. We have played some African games, were supposed to see African animals at the zoo (but we haven’t made it there yet) and have drawn maps and written a variety of pieces – stories, articles, biographies, fundraising speeches (not everyone has done everything).

As far as the African culinary exploits go, they have been decidedly NOT favourites – nothing wrong with the recipes, but just not anything we’d bother doing again. But I imagine even they will be sought after once the family discovers my plans for this week – I’m handing out the UN rations for a refugee in Sudan and that’s what they’ll have to cook with for the next few days!
Not all learning happens in books, you know. But here are the picture books we have dipped into…..(other ones will follow in another post because wordpress is playing silly games)

African picture books:

Papa, Do you Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse

Handa’s Hen and Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

So That’s What God is Like! by Leanne Hardy

One Hen

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe

The Butter Man by Elixabeth Alalou and Ali Alalou

Hands Around the Library by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya

At the Crossroads by Rachel Isadora

Mandela by Floyd Cooper

A Country Far Away by Nigel Gray

Travelling Man by James Rumford

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Asia Adventure

For two months now we have been eating noodles for breakfast and rice for dinner….not to mention pad thai, Vietnamese rolls, curries, steamed pau, dumplings, sushi, chicken laksa, spring rolls, samosas……you get the idea!

We’ve also enjoyed some great read-alouds:

The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson
The Thatched Hut by Marion R. Damon
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert de Jong
Traditional Stories from India by Vayu Naidu
Li Lun Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger
The Kite Fighters by ??
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

A few years ago we had read a number of novels set in South East Asia and so we dragged them off the shelves again and favourites were revisited by the older children, and the younger ones made a first acquaintance with them during their quiet reading time:

Good-bye Vietnam by Gloria Whelan
Dragonwings by laurence Yep
Chinese Fables compiled by Ma Da
The Land I Lost by Huynh Quang Nhuong
Water Buffalo Days by Huynh Quang Nhuong
Journey to Japan by Stacy Towie Morgan
Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan
Sadako and the THousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
Tangled Threads by Pegi Deitz Shea
Chu Ju’s House by Gloria Whelan
Parade of Shadows by Gloria Whelan
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden
The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
Hiroshima by John Hersey

Books about people ranged from picture books to lengthy biographies:
Gandhi by Demi
Genghis Khan by Brian Williams (and one by Demi)
little princes by Connor Grennan
Hudson Taylor and Maria
Mohandas Gandhi by Sheila Rivera
Mahatma Gandhi by Emma Fischel
Gladys Aylward by Janet and Geoff Benge
Teresa of Calcutta by D. Jeanene Watson
Mandela by Ann Kramer

We dipped into a number of other picture books too:
Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert
The Children of China by Song Nan Zhang
A Child’s Day in an Indian Village by Prodeepta Das
B is for Bangladesh by Urmi Rahman and Prodeepta Das
P is for Pakistan by Shazia Razzak and Prodeepta Das
Shanghai Messenger by Andream Cheng
Grass Sandals by Dawnine Spivak
The Last Emperor by Jeremy Smith
Long Long’s Mew Year by Catherine Gower and He Zhihong
One Grain of Rice by Demi
The Empty Pot by Demi
The Greatest Treasure by Demi

Yes, we love Demi books round here! There are a few more that would have been good to read at this time, but we could not get hold of:
The Magic Pillow
The Boy Who Painted Dragons
Marco Polo
The Greatest Power
Happy Happy Chinese New Year
The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna
Mother Teresa
Kites: magic wishes that fly up to the sky
In the eyes of the cat (Japanese poetry)
Bamboo Hats adn a Rice Cake by Ann Tompert (another of our favourites that we couldn’t get)


The Settler’s Cookbook by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
What’s for Dinner? by Virginia King
Rick Stein’s far eastern odyssey
Oriental Dinner Party Cookbook by The Australian Women’s Weekly
Chinese Food by Blaxland
660 Curries
The Indian Kitchen

Then there were stacks of  other non-fiction:
Bobbie Kalman books: India, the culture; Japan, the culture; China, the people; China, the culture; Vietnam, the culture; Vietnam, the people; Spotlight on Japan
discover countries series: Iran
kids around the world series: We live in….Japan, India….
Looking at countires series: China
Country Topics series: India
Eyewitness: Modern China
A Samurai Castle by Fiona MacDonald
The Silk Route by John S. Major
The Great Wall of China by Leonard Everett Fisher
Ancient China by Carol Michaelson
an illustrated atlas of Asia by Malcolm Porter and Keith Lye

Then there were the fun activities we played round with….making dragonboats, painting cherry blossom trees, origami, kites, calligraphy, painting Willow pattern (cardboard) plates, doing henna designs on hands, an obligatory museum visit, mapping, revisiting our Asia memories through photographs, and finally being awed and challenged by this work:

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