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FICTION: Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship
Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami; Julianna Swaney (Illustrator)Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something. But what can she do? The local elections are coming up but she's just a kid. She can't even vote! Still, Yasmin has friends -- her best friend, Reeni, and Anil, who even has a black belt in karate. And she has grownup family and neighbors who, no matter how preoccupied they are, care about what goes on in their community. Then Yasmin remembers a story that Book Uncle selected for her. It's an old folktale about a flock of doves trapped in a hunter's net. The birds realize that if they all flap their wings at the same time, they can lift the net and fly to safety, where they seek the help of a friendly mole who chews a hole in the net and sets them free. And so the children get to work, launching a campaign to make sure the voices of the community are heard. An energetic, funny and quirky story that explores the themes of community activism, friendship, and the love of books.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 8571 .H375 B66 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
The Day I Became a Canadian by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet; Song Nan Zhang (Illustrator)On a snowy morning, little Xiao Ling Li and her parents are about to take part in a ceremony -- one that will make them Canadian citizens. To record the day for her new brother or sister, she decides to keep a scrapbook to treasure the day. The Day I Became a Canadian is not only the story of one special girl and her family, it is a tribute to Canada. Xiao Ling Li's scrapbook is a useful resource that is full of information for anyone embarking on the road to becoming a citizen.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 8553 .A63 D39 2008
Publication Date: 2008-09-23
From Far and Wide by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet; Song Nan Zhang (Illustrator)On a snowy February morning, Xiao Ling Li and her parents take part in a citizenship ceremony. From the recitation of the Oath of Canadian Citizenship to the singing of the national anthem and the welcoming party afterward, the day is filled with wonderful memories for the new Canadians.
Call Number: Floor 1 PS 8553 .A63 F76 2000
Publication Date: 2000-07-01
Just a Dream by Chris Van AllsburgYoung Walter litters and refuses to sort trash for recycling, until he dreams of an overcrowded and polluted future which terrifies him into taking care of the earth.
Spirit Bear and Children Make History : Based on a True Story by Cindy Blackstock and Eddy Robinson"Hello! My name is Sus Zul in the Carrier language. In English, people call me Spirit Bear. I am a proud member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council. I am on my way to Ottawa, Ontario, to witness a very important human rights case. Would you join me on this journey?" When Spirit Bear's mom tells him about an important human rights case happening in Ottawa, Ontario, he makes the LONG trip (by train, his favourite way to travel) to go and watch, and to stand up for First Nations kids. And he isn't the only one! Lots of children come too -- to listen, and to show they care. Spirit Bear knows that children can change the world because he's there to see it happen. This is the story of how kids -- kids just like you -- made a difference ... with a bit of help from some bears and other animals along the way!"