Open minded

They respect the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures, and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.

Dr Xargle's Book of Earthlets by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
A hilarious look at human babies or "earthlets" from the point of view of an alien teaching his class of alien children. Truly a very different perspective that will ensure that babies will never look quite the same again.

Greetings from Sandy Beach by Bob Graham OUT of PRINT
Bob Graham is able to bring into a simple picture book about a family trip to the beach wonderful observations about family life, the difference between the city and the country and also some of our preconceived ideas concerning people and the way they look.

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten by Bob Graham OUT of PRINT
Rose is a little frightened of fierce old Mr Wintergarten but she overcomes her fears and her delightful spontaneity and the fairy cakes baked by her mother have a surprising effect on the grumpy old man.
risk takers, open-minded, principled

Watch Out for the Chicken feet in Your Soup by Tomie dePaola
Joey is a little embarrassed about his very Italian grandmother. However when he takes his friend Eugene to meet his grandma, Eugene responds with great enthusiasm to her warmth and her wonderful food (including the chicken soup which contains chicken feet).
Open-minded, risk takers

Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon
Bass, Jules 2001
Herb, a gentle vegetarian is wrongly accused of eating people. He is rescued by a brave girl who convinces the other knights to accept Herb's lifestyle. (5-8yrs.)

0ld Henry
Blos, Joan 1990
When an unusual man named Henry moves into a vacant house, the people in the
communitycriticize him for his untidy house and yard. They make several attempts to
change him, but Henry will have none of it. Finally he gets fed up with the neighbours, packs up and moves away. Henry and the community end up being unhappy with this outcome. (5-9yrs.)

Cannon, Janell 1993
When a baby bat is knocked out of her mother's safe arms, she lands in a bird's nest. Stellaluna must learn to adapt to the lifestyle of a bird, even though she finds their habits very peculiar. She discovers that even though they are very different, they are very much alike. (5 - 8yrs.)

The Camel's Lament
Carryl, Charles (Canadian 2004
This humourous poem is about a camel who compares his life with that of many other animals. While the camel comments on the living conditions of the other animals, he surmises that anyplace does for him. (5-8yrs.)

The Brand New Kid
Couric, Katie 2OOO
Laslo, the new boy in second grade, speaks and dresses differently than the other students. Instead of welcoming him the children taunt and tease him, and exclude him from their games. Ellie finally realizes that his life is miserable and invites him to play, discovering that he is not that different from her. She then invites her friends to try to get to know him. (6-9yrs.)

Snow in Jerusalem
Da Costa, Deborah 2001
Two boys, one Muslim and one Jewish, living in different quarters of Jerusalem, discover that they have been caring for the same white cat. At first they are angry at each other, and jealous of the cat's attention. Eventually they work out a compromise which suits all three of them. (6-9yrs.)

Oliver Button is a Sissy
De Paola, Tomie 1979
Oliver Button is teased and ostracized because he prefers to dance and read and paint
rather than play sports. When he participates in a contest and loses, he is disappointed
until his classmates recognize him. (5-8yrs.)

The Sissy Duckling
Fierstein, Harvey 2002
Unlike any of the other boy ducklings, Elmer likes to draw, bake and perform puppet
shows. When Elmer plays baseball with the other boys it is a disaster, and he later hears his father call him a sissy. In the end Elmer proves himself a hero and the other ducks
begin to accept him for who he is. (5-8yrs.)

Feathers and Fools
Fox, Mem 2000
This is a contemporary fable about a flock of peacocks and a flock of swans who fear each other because of their perceived differences. Over time their fears escalate and the flocks begin to fight; killing until every bird is dead. There is hope for peace in the future when two surviving eggs hatch and the baby birds notice how very much alike they are. (6-Syrs.)

How My Parents Learned to Eat
Friedman, Ina 1987
An American soldier meets and falls in love with a Japanese woman, and she with him. They are self conscious because he can't use chop sticks, and she has no idea how to use a knife and fork. They refuse to eat with each other until it is time for the soldier's ship to leave, and he wants to ask her to marry him. In the end they both try to learn the other's way of eating. (7-10yrs.)

Golenblock, Peter C1990
This story recounts the racial prejudice experienced by Jackie Robinson when he became the first black player to join the previously all white Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1940s. The story describes the acceptance and support that Jackie received from his team mate Pee Wee Reese. (8-11yrs.)

Henry and the Kite Dragon
Hall, Bruce Edward 2004
Based on true events, this is the story of a group of Chinese American children who help Grandfather Chin make gorgeous kites. When the local children from the Italian part of town continually throw stones and ruin these kites, the Chinese children become very angry and decide to retaliate. Soon they discover that the Italian children are only trying to protect their pet pigeons who are frightened of the kites. Once each side understands the others' problem they quickly work out a solution. (6-9yrs.)

Amazing Grace
Hoffman, Mary 1991
Although a classmate says that Grace can not play the part of Peter Pan in the school play because she is black and a girl, Grace decides, that she will try. Grace discovers, with the help and support of her family that she can do anything she sets her mind to do. (69yrs.)

The Most Magnificent Mosque
Jungman, Ann 2004
Three naughty boys, play in the gardens of the great mosque in Cordoba. When the boys are seen throwing rotten oranges and are caught by the Caliph's soldiers, their punishment is to work in the gardens of the mosque. When they grow up and discover
that the mosque is to be torn down by a Christian king, the young men decide they must speak up on behalf of the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims who all value the
mosque. (6-8yrs.)

Hooway for Wodney Wat
Lester, Helen 2002
Rodney is the object of constant teasing from his classmates because he has a speech impediment. When a new student arrives at school who bullies the entire class, Rodney rises to the occasion and drives her away. (5-8yrs.)

Monk, Isabell 2004
Hope loves spending time with her great-aunt, but one day the visit is spoiled by a thoughtless, ignorant comment by one of Aunt Poogee's friends. Later that night, Aunt Poogee tells Hope the story of her name, of the strength and courage of her ancestors, and the significance of her mixed-race heritage. (7-10yrs.)

Reynolds, Peter c2004
Ramon is devastated one day when his older brother laughs at his drawings. He is frustrated by trying to make them look just right until his little sister's enthusiasm allows him to look at his art in a new way. (5-9yrs.)

Wanda's Monster
Spinelli, Eileen 2002
Wanda is frightened of the monster in her closet, despite what her parents and brother tell her. But Granny helps Wanda understand the monster's point of view, which gives Wanda a whole new perspective. (5-7 yrs.)

U'Ren, Andrea 2001
When Mike discovers that his new puppy is a female, he begins to treat her differently. Mike's pre-conceived ideas regarding the proper way to, treat a female are completely lost on Pug herself. This is an amusing examination of sex-role stereotypes. (5-8 yrs.)

Odd Velvet
Whitcomb, Mary 1998
Velvet is an unusual girl who dresses and behaves differently, and is ignored by the other girls in her class. As the year unfolds, the children discover that her different behaviours make her a fun and interesting person, and they come to appreciate her. (5-8yrs.)

The Other Side
Woodson, Jacqueline 2002
Two girls, one white and one black gradually come to know each other by sitting together on the fence that is meant to divide them. At the end of the summer, Clover and Annie jump off the fence to play together with the other girls, who earlier, would have nothing to do with Annie. (6-9yrs.)

Share the Sky
Ye, Ting-xing(Canadian) 1999
When a young Chinese girl who lives with her grandparents finally rejoins her parents in Canada, she is fiffl of doubts. She has many misconceptions, but soon learns that life in the new land, though different in many ways, is full of excitement and wonder, and is not so very different after all. (6-9yrs.) lot~i

Gregory Cool.
Binch, Caroline. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1994.
When he goes to visit his grandparents and his cousin on the island of Tobago, Gregory misses home at first, but as he gets to know both the island ways and his relatives, Gregory begins to enjoy himself.

Family Pictures.
Garza, C. Lomas. Children’s Book Press, 1990.
The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in a Hispanic community in Texas.

All the Colours of the Earth.
Hamanka, Sheila. Mantra Publishing, 1996.
Reveals that despite outward differences children everywhere are essentially the same and all are lovable.

When Pigasso Met Mootise.
Laden, Nina. Chronicle Books, 1998.
Pigasso, a talented pig, and Mootisse, an artistic bull, live across the road from one another, but when conflicts arise they build fences that ultimately become modern art masterpieces. Includes biographies of the real-life artists, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

The Widow’s Broom.
Van Allsburg, Chris. Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
A witch’s worn-out broom serves a widow well, until her neighbors decide the thing is wicked and dangerous.

The Other Side.
Woodson, Jacqueline. Putnam’s, 2001.
Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.

William’s Doll.
Zolotow, Charlotte.Harper & Row, 1972.
William’s father gives him a basketball and a train but these do not make him want a doll less.

Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2005.
At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.

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