Book Uncle and Me

Book Uncle and Me

Book - 2016
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Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something. But what can she do? The local elections are coming up but she|s just a kid. She can|t even vote! Still, Yasmin has friends | her best friend, Reeni, and Anil, who even has a black belt in karate. And she has grownup family and neighbors who, no matter how preoccupied they are, care about what goes on in their community. Then Yasmin remembers a story that Book Uncle selected for her. It|s an old folktale about a flock of doves trapped in a hunter|s net. The birds realize that if they all flap their wings at the same time, they can lift the net and fly to safety, where they seek the help of a friendly mole who chews a hole in the net and sets them free. And so the children get to work, launching a campaign to make sure the voices of the community are heard.
Publisher: Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781554988082
Branch Call Number: KRI J
Characteristics: 149 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Swaney, Julianna - Illustrator


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Mar 13, 2018

Lovely book about a 9 year old girl who realizes that there are structural underpinnings holding up the things she love in her neighbourhood. She also realizes that the lovely man who selects books for her, is beloved by many, and that many, working together can make change. There is a tiny bit of language and reference points that introduce us to India, which is a lovely bonus. Also, it's about a girl who LOVES books.

Funkelizk Oct 20, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. There is an election here that is oversimplified, but then this is a children's book. It showed simple but real ways that even children can get involved with political issues. Yet the book dealt less with politics than the stories of real people Yasmin knows.


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