Flowers for Sarajevo - John McCutcheon, Kristy Caldwell and The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World - Katie Smith Milway, Shane Evans

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Picture books can be for young and old and help us see hope in the midst of chaos. John McCutcheon’s story Flowers for Sarajevo (Peachtree, $19.95), illustrated by Kristy Caldwell, leaves you feeling both the impact of war and the strength of the human spirit; an enclosed CD with music by cellist Vadro Smailovic completes the package. The Banana-Leaf Ball (Kids Can, $18.95) by Katie Smith Milway also tells of all-too-real violence through the eyes of a child. After fleeing his native Burundi, Deo is living alone in a refugee camp in Tanzania when he goes from being bullied to being teammates with his rival. Shane Evans’s illustrations evoke a full range of emotions, from fear when Deo initially has to flee his home, to joy when play and friendship ultimately triumph. Ages 7-10.


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By John McCutcheon, Kristy Caldwell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781561459438
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2017

The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World (CitizenKid) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771383318
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Kids Can Press - April 4th, 2017

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