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peace and forgiveness
A treasure of a picture book! This is the kind I read and re-read when I was a kid.

Melena wakes up with a song in her heart. She is so delighted when her mother and grandmother have forgiven her for mistakes the day before, that Melena decides to make it a "fresh start day."

Throughout her day she makes choices to spread peace and kindness in little ways that make those around her happier too. She forgives the debt of a friend and shares her money so that he and his little brothers can have a better treat.

The story culminates with a beautiful conversation the kids have will contemplating the sky. I love books that acknowledge that children can have very profound thoughts and express them in simple, elegant ways.

The author's note at the end explains what "Jubilee" means to African Americans and shares ways children and adults can awaken and renew forgiveness and renewal in their homes and communities.
Adorable and clever with a great message
Lively and charming illustrations tell the story of a little black girl who is trying so very hard to find a fox. She is all set for outdoor adventures with a camera and backpack. She is very endearing with her big, expressive eyes and luxurious hair. The fox out-foxes her at every turn and young readers will enjoy noticing all of the little wildlife that she is missing just behind her. She finally gets up close and personal with the fox once she stops trying so hard to find him and takes some peaceful time to let him come to her.

A cute, fun story on the surface with deeper meaning will encourage multiple readings. And the fox couldn't be cuter!
sweet story of pesky sibling
Alphonse is getting Natalie's goat, but even though she is frustrated, she still worries about him. And Alphonse may make mistakes, but he tries to make it right. Very charming illustrations and a sweet story that kids with siblings will relate to.
Educational and adorable!
This set has two robots and accessories. They are easily programmed by young children with an app that you download to your tablet or smartphone. Really cute and fun!
Who was the Arab that Meursault killed?
A parallel novel to Camus’ The Stranger, The Meursault Investigation gives an alternate perspective to the classic story. The brother of the murder victim tells his story and his family’s story as Arab Algerians living under the shadow of the French before and during independence. It is a beautifully told novel even if you have never read The Stranger, but as a companion to Camus; this is genius. Daoud uses the framework of the original story but tells it in a photo-negative style. Where Camus is terse, cold and logical; Daoud is obtuse, poetic and impassioned.
Like Camus, Daoud is a journalist. He lives in Oran, Algeria where The Stranger was set. Throughout The Meursault Investigation, it is apparent that Daoud is in awe of Camus’ skill, while resenting the treatment of Arabs in the classic novel. The psychological remnants of colonialism are painfully defined by the feeling of loss and dehumanization of the Arabs juxtaposed with their envy of the French Algerians.
I would recommend reading The Stranger first, but The Meursault Investigation is a brilliant novel that stands on its own and tells a story that is, unfortunately, still very relevant.

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