Elementary Level

The Reunion Title: The Reunion

Author: Jacqueline Pearce

Level: Grades 2-5

References: Race, Culture

Summary:Shannon is excited about spending a week at her friend Rina’s house, but she’s a little nervous too. Rina seems to be able to do everything better than she can and her home is chaotic compared to Shannon’s own. When things fall apart, Rina’s grandmother is there to tell them a story from her past, early in the Second World War. The story is about a rift between her and her childhood friend, Mitsu, a rift that could never be healed because Mitsu and her family were taken away from the small town of Paldi and interned with other Japanese Canadians. Rina’s grandmother, Jas, never saw Mitsu again. That is, not until Shannon and Rina find a handful of forgotten beads in the bottom of a cardboard box.

“The Reunion” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/17/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com
Title: The FluteAuthor: Rachna GilmoreLevel: Grades 3-6

References: Culture

Summary: Though natural disaster robs a young girl of her parents, a wooden flute as a memento of her loving family. In this folktale, the music of a lost mother’s flute symbolizes hope and care.

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity. Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

Title: The TiffinAuthor: Mahtab NarsimhanLevel: Grades 7 & 8

References: Culture

Summary: The dabbawallas of Mumbai deliver box lunches ” called tiffins ” to white collar workers all over the vast city. They are legendary for their near-perfect service: for every six million lunches sent, only one will fail to reach its intended destination. The Tiffin is about that one time in millions when a box goes astray, changing lives forever. When a note placed in a tiffin is lost, a newborn ”Kunal ”is separated from his mother. Twelve years later, Kunal lives as a virtual slave under the thumb of his foster father, Seth. With danger and oppression making it impossible to stay where he is, Kunal asks his friend Vinayak, an aging dabbawalla, to help him find his birth mother. Vinayak introduces Kunal to the tiffin carriers, and a plan is hatched. Along the way, Kunal learns what it means to be part of a family.

“The Tiffin.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/09/12 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

hope is an open heart Title: Hope is an open heartAuthor: Lauren Thompson.Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: All Areas

Summary: Photographs and rhythmic text explore the meaning of hope and celebrate its power, especially in difficult times.

“Hope is an open heart” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/19/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

And Tango makes three Title: And Tango makes threeAuthor: Justin RichardsonSuitable for: Sexual Orientation

References: Race

Summary: This tale based on a true story about a charming penguin family living in New York City’s Central Park Zoo will capture the hearts of penguin lovers everywhere. Roy and Silo, two male penguins, are “a little bit different.” They cuddle and share a nest like the other penguin couples, and when all the others start hatching eggs, they want to be parents, too. Determined and hopeful, they bring an egg-shaped rock back to their nest and proceed to start caring for it. They have little luck, until a watchful zookeeper decides they deserve a chance at having their own family and gives them an egg in need of nurturing. The dedicated and enthusiastic fathers do a great job of hatching their funny and adorable daughter, and the three can still be seen at the zoo today.

“And Tango makes three” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/03/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com