They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyse their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

Frog is Frog by Max Velthuis
Frog wants to be able to fly like his friend Duck and bake wonderful cakes like his friend Pig but his attempts end in failure. However after deep reflection, Frog realises that his friends love him for being himself, that is for being a beautiful green frog who can leap so high it is almost like flying.

Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
A beautifully illustrated picture book for older students. Allen Say's grandfather made the journey from Japan to the United States when he was a young man and this story beautifully describes through text and illustrations the love that he and his grandson feel for both countries. Many students will relate to the feelings of longing expressed. (8 years up)

Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories by Aliki
Aliki returns to her own childhood for the inspiration for this exceptional book. In Painted Words, Marianthe struggles to learn English and adapt to a culture very different from her own. A supportive teacher encourages her to communicate through her drawings. In Spoken Memories, Marianthe has learnt English and is able to tell the class the story of her life before the family came to the United States. (6 - 10 years)
communicators, reflective

The Day of Ahmed's Secret by Florence Parry Heide illustrated by Ted Lewin
Ahmed is very pleased with himself as he goes about Cairo's bustling streets delivering gas bottles to his many customers who call out his name and greet him. He is very much a part of the life of this colourful and noisy city and he is proud that he is helping earn money to support his family. And his secret is that he has learned to write his name.
inquirers, caring, reflective

The Cat Who Walked Across France
Banks, Kate and Georg Hallensleben 2004
After his owner dies, a cat wanders the countryside of France, unable to forget the home he had in the stone house by the edge of the sea. (6-8yrs)

Miss Rumphius
Cooney, Barbara 1982
Miss Rumphius explores the world and leaves a lasting legacy with her garden of lupins.
(6-9yrs) Principled

Only Opal - The Diary of a Young Girl
Cooney, Barbara 1999
A touching diary of Opal Whiteley, an orphaned child who works hard for her foster family but has her own secret dreams. (7-9yrs)

Queen Nadine
Kovalski, Maryann (Canadian) C1998
Nadine is not your ordinary cow. She likes singing to the stones in her old field. But after a harrowing move to a new farm, she discovers that nothing is better than being friends with a chicken. (5-8yrs)

Stormy Night
Lemieux, Michele (Canadian) 1999
A child and her dog ponder life's great questions throughout a stormy night. (7-10yrs)

What You Know First
MacLachlan, Patricia 1995
The family is preparing to move away from their farm and the elder daughter is reflecting on all the things she knew and loved from her earliest days, so that when her baby brother is older she can tell him all about the farm. Knowledgeable

Zen Shorts
Muth, Jon J. 2005
Three classic Zen stories are told in a frame story of three children who meet a strange and wonderful bear. (7-10yrs)

Christmas Tapestry
Polacco, Patricia 2002
Jonathan is unhappy about his family's first Christmas in their new parish, but when a
chance meeting leads to a Christmas miracle, he understands why things happened as
they did. (8-11yrs)

Michael Rosen's Sad Book
Rosen, Michael and Quentin Blake 2004
The author looks back with sadness and joy at the too-short life of his son, Eddie. (8-
1 l yrs)

Many Moons
Thurber, James and Louis Slobodkin 1971
This is the classic story of a little girl who solves the problem of how to have the moon.

Elsina's Clouds
Winter, Jeanette 2004
A young Basotho girl from South Africa paints her house and waits for her ancestors to bring the rain. (6-8yrs)

When Sophie Gets Angry—really, really angry.
Bang, Molly. Blue Sky Press, 1999.A young girl is upset and doesn’t know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankwiler.
Konigsburg, E.L. Atehneum Books, 1967
A wonderfully fresh and inventive story of a brother and sister who run away from home to live in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and become caught up in a mystery. (years 4 – 6)

Sarah, Plain and Tall.
MacLachlan, Patricia. Scholastic Inc., 1985.
After responding to an advertisement Sarah leaves her coastal hometown in Maine to explore the possibility of becoming a wife and mother on a farm in the plains of the mid-west. The two children remain concerned that Sarah with her strong and independent nature will find happiness in this new environment. (year 4- 6)

Secrets in the Fire.
Mankell, Henning. Allen and Unwim, 2000.
This is a remarkable story of Sofia, a young girl in Mozambique who has suffered immensely. She loses a leg in a land mine explosion and many close members of her family have been killed. However her strength, determination and indomitable spirit are remarkable. (Years 5-6)

Kamishabi Man.
Say, Allen. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005
After many years of retirement, an old Kamishibai man--a Japanese street performer who tells stories and sells candies--decides to make his rounds once more even though such entertainment declined after the advent of television.

Sarah’s Questions.
Ziefert, Harriet. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1986
A little girl asks many questions about the world while taking a walk with her mother.

Zolotow, Charlotte. Who is Ben? Harper Collins, 1997. On a moonless, starless night, a young boy feels at one with the darkness, thinking about where he came from before he was born and where he will go after he dies.

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