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Africa is not a Country Margy Burns Knight Place Each page in this beautifully illustrated-book, by Anne Sibley O'Brien, tells about children and their daily life in a different African country. One is struck by the vastly distinctive customs of the different areas.
All Kinds of Children Norma Simon Place, Relationships Beautifully illustrated watercolors accompany the narrative which describes things children all over the world have in common; food, clothing, love, play, physical attributes, and the like. 
Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America Jim Murphy Human-Environment Interactions The Great Blizzard was a disaster that devastated lives and brought everyday activities from Virginia to Main to a standstill. Historical illustrations and photographs complement the text.
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky**
Chief Seattle
This story is adapted from a speech given by Chief Seattle in the 1850s. During negotiations with the United States government he urged those around him to protect and preserve the natural environment. The illustrated paintings accompanying the story depict Native American interacting with the environment.
Children of the Fire Harriette Gillem Robinet Relationships, Movement This is a story about a young girl, Hallelujah, who lives with a foster family after her mother died escaping to Chicago from a plantation in the South. The events surrounding the three day fire show how humans affect their environment and how the environment affects humans. In addition, themes of movement are addressed through the flight of southern slaves, and immigration from Europe.
Children of the Tlingit Frank Staub Location, Place, Region, Relationships An insightful text and superb photographs introduce the history, geography, and culture of the Tlingit people of Alaska through the lives of the Tlingit children.
Will Hobbs
Location, Place, Relationships, Movement, Regions
After seven teenagers hijack the rafting equipment from their wilderness education program, they embark on a wild ride down the Colorado River. However, with no map or adult supervision things soon fall apart. Some teens sustain injuries, while different members of the group turn on one another, but when all is said and done one young girl comes out of the experience with a new respect for the wilderness and a willingness to compromise with others.
Grasshopper Summer*
Ann Turner
Location, Place, Relationships, Movement, Region
Following the Civil War hardships force Sam's family to leave Kentucky for the Dakota Territory. The journey west is difficult, and Sam is resentful about the sacrifice forced upon him. However, he soon learns to love his new home and when new troubles threaten to send the family back east Sam goes to great lengths to stay out west.
Patricia Beatty
Location, Place, Movement
In the years before the Civil War Midwesterners are torn over the issue of slavery. Lije Tully is a jayhawker (a Kansas abolitionist) that goes undercover among a group of Confederates. He warns Kansans of possible dangers for many years, but he returns home shortly before the raid on Lawrence.
John Muir
Eden Force
Location, Place, Relationships, Movement
This biography of John Muir, the first president of the Sierra Club, demonstrates the importance of educating people about the world around them. Although born in Scotland, he finds true happiness living in the Yosemite Valley in California. There he discovers that wildlife and the environment need protection in order to survive.
Legends of Landforms: A Native American Lore and the Geology of the Land Carole G. Vogel Location, Place, Regions Combination of Native American myths and scientific explanations for such landforms as Mount St. Helens, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and Nantucket Island, to name a few.
Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters* Andrea Davis Pinkney Black Freedom fighters and civil rights. This book is a compilation of short biographies about black women who fought for their rights and the rights of other people. The women covered in this book are; Sojourner Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Heights, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.
Diane Siebert
Place, Relationships, Region
This epic poem is great for reading out loud. The author uses the text and illustrations to describe the beauty of the Mojave desert and the story of its people's history.
Morning Girl**
Michael Dorris
Location, Place, Relationships, Movement
Morning Girl and her brother Star Boy narrate this story of Taino life in 1492. Although the families living on their island face many hardships, they benefit from the help the give one another. Towards the end of the story Morning Girl stumbles upon a group of strangers and invites them to come ashore. One of the strangers goes by the name Christopher Columbus.
My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States* Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins Place, Region, Relationships This is a compilation of Poems, organized by region, about the geography of all the states in the Union. Poets featured in the atlas include; Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, Nikki Giovanni, and Lilian Moore. Illustrations by Stephen Alcorn.
Prairie Songs** Pam Conrad Place The severity of life on the prairie evokes love for its beauty, as well as desperate loneliness.
Return to the Island Gloria Whelan Place, Region, Movement, Relationships In 1818, Mary lives on an island in the Great Lakes that has been settled by French, British, and Native Americans. This book tells you about the many different aspects of settlement during this time period including a Native American perspective, all rapped up in a love story.
The Alphabet Atlas Arthur Yorinks Location, Place, Region, Relationships, Movement This is a unique "atlas" that presents geographic facts visually on quilt squares.  Each striking square focuses on one country.  Illustrated by Adrienne Yorkins with letter art by Jeanyee Wong.
The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal* Cheryle Harness Movement, Human-Environment Interaction, Place Descriptions are given and multiple colorful pictures and maps are displayed to explain how the Erie Canal was built and how the locks function. Illustrations and maps are outstanding and easy to understand.
The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Cold War Ends* Nigel Kelly Movement, Relationships, Place, Region, Location This books explains how the Cold War began, persisted, and ended in a way that elementary students can understand.
The Great Fire* Jim Murphy Human-Environment Interaction, Place This is a vivid account of the Great Chicago Fire taken from the diaries, letters, and firsthand accounts of those who survived. Startling illustrations, photographs, and maps. One fully grasps the horror, panic, and helplessness of those who experienced the conflagration. Causes, results and myths are indicated. Well-researched.
The Orphan Train* Joan Lowery Nixon Location, place, relationships, movement After Mr. Kelly dies, Mrs. Kelly finds herself unable to adequately take care of her children.  When her oldest boy is caught steeling and will be sent to jail. She sends her children from their home in New York, to the Western Frontier to be adopted by different families.  This story is one in a series of four, and focuses on the experiences of the oldest sibling Frances.
The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa* Patricia and Frederick McKissack Region, movement, location, place This book accurately describes what life was like in Medieval Africa, including multiple historical points of view. In addition to recounting the past, the books explains the process of archaeological and historical research. (For more advanced readers.)
The Saga of Lewis and Clark into the Unchartered West Thomas Schmidt and Jeremy Schmidt Location, place, region Detailed narrative of remarkable journey of Lewis and Clark and Corp of Discovery.  Eye-catching phoyographs and illustrations, maps, plant and animal listings, index, glossary, and expedition roster add substance.
The Star Fisher*
Laurence Yep
In 1927, Joan Lee and her family decide to move to West Virginia from their home in Ohio. The family of Chinese-Americans struggle to find acceptance from their close-minded neighbors, and they finally find the support they need in the kind words and actions of their new friends. Together they overcome the backward views of the townspeople.
The Ups and Downs of Carl Davis III*
Rosa Guy
Place, Relationships, Movement, Region
In this story Carl's parents send him to live with his grandmother because they fear the negative influences he must face while living in New York City. However, Carl's letters to friends and family back home show that adversity and temptation are not limited to the big city. He must battle confusion and worry, but he gains small measures of wisdom and maturity.
The Year of Miss Agnes* Kirkpatrick Hill Place, Regions, Movement Miss Agnes is a unique teacher in a remote Athabascan village of Alaska. From the story one gains a strong sense of what life is like for the Athabascan villagers, along with an understanding of their culture, values, and the region in which they live. One also reads about a remarkable woman who teaches every child to read, write, and love learning.

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