My Little Round House by Helen Mixter

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In this delightful picture book, baby Jilu recounts his first year of life in a nomadic Mongolian community. He remembers being cradled by his singing mother, the delicious smells from the cooking pot, his first meeting with his grandparents, and the family’s wandering life with a camel caravan. They celebrate Tsagaan Sar, the new year, and later revel in the warmth and freedom of summer. Richly illustrated by a young Mongolian author/illustrator, My Little Round House reveals a world very different, and yet surprisingly similar, to that of young readers and their parents.

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Bolormaa Baasansuren graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Mongolia and also studied children's book illustrations in Italy and Russia. She has won numerous awards, including Distinguished Best Book of Mongolia and prizes at the International Competition of Illustration (Teatrio/UNICEF) for her illustrations inTales on Horseback, the Grand Prize at the international picture book competition of the National Cultural Festival in Fukuoka, Japan, forThe Legend of Wives' Hair, and the Grand Prize at the Noma Concours for the Japanese edition ofMy Little Round House. She lives in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Helen Mixter is a translator who lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Published April 7, 2009 by Groundwood Books. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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Babies may not be able to speak, but this boy provides the readers with the details of traditional Mongolian life in such an ingenuous way that the conceit works: “When my grandfather came with his long, long pipe and long, long beard and gruff voice, I was so scared, I cried.” The folk-art–style...

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