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Pancakes With Chocolate Syrup
by Rebekah Barlow Rounce
"Young girls are sure to enjoy this cheerful, colorful celebration of two sisters of two different races, by a mother who adopted a child from Ethiopia. Beginning with an fun ode to pancakes (hence the title), the main focus of this upbeat children's book celebrates the sisters' differences (hair, skin, and eyes), with a constant refrain of embracing love. Fairies, happy children, pancakes, paints and hearts cavort on the pages in bright splashes of color. A great book celebrating mothers, daughters and diversity, for children in nursery school through kindergarten." Allison Martin
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The Magical Friendship Garden
by Rebekah Barlow Rounce
"This pretty children's picture book with brightly colored flowers and happy children celebrates the hopes of a young blond haired girl for her little sister from Ethiopia. She imagines garden parties, dressing up together and sharing love with her new sister. At times it is overly sweet - for example, it starts with a fantasy fairy tale picture of her parents flying on a bird to new her sister who lies alone on a flower. However, the primary feeling is a hopeful story of the joy of a new adoption and becoming a mixed-race family. It has a lovely ending, celebrating children's differences in poetry and pictures." Allison Martin
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Welcome Home Little Baby
by Lisa Harper
"This a sweet adoption book for parents of babies adopted from Ethiopia, other African countries, as well as for parents adopting African American babies is a cozy way to welcome your adopted baby home. A short poem is illustrated with white parents with an adorable black baby girl in various fun, familiar settings. Suitable for babies and toddlers up to about age 3 or 4, this book is likely to become a favorite for many years." Allison Martin
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The Storyteller's Beads
by Jane Kurtz
During the political strife and famine of the 1980's, two Ethiopian girls, one Christian and the other Jewish and blind, struggle to overcome many difficulties, including their prejudices about each other, as they make the dangerous journey out of Ethiopia. Jane Kurtz is a prolific author who grew up in Ethiopia.
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Water Hole Waiting
by Jane & Christopher Kurtz, Lee Christiansen
A thirsty monkey waits as the larger animals drink from the water hole on the African savanna.
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Faraway Home
by Jane Kurtz
Desta's father, who needs to return briefly to his Ethiopian homeland, describes what it was like for him to grow up there.
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Saba: Under the Hyena's Foot (Girls of Many Lands)
by Jane Kurtz
Historical fiction about an Ethiopian princess from American Girl's Girls of Many Lands series. (Ages 9-12)
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A Family from Ethiopia (Families Around the World)
by Julia Waterlow
"An introduction to the way a typical Ethiopian family lives for young readers." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Ethiopia (Modern Nations of the World)
by Laurel Corona
"Appropriate for middle school, more detailed information, black-and-white pictures, and current information.. Includes sections on Arts and Music and Sports as well as history and government." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Ethiopia (Cultures of the World)
by Steven Gish
Introduces the geography, history, government, economy, culture, daily life, and people of the country known as "the roof of Africa."
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The Garbage King
by Elizabeth Laird
"Story of two children's survival in Addis Ababa after their mother dies. (young adult)" (Adoption Advocates International)
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by Leontyne Price
"The famous opera singer recounts the tale of an Ethiopian princess from the opera. Ages 4-8." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Fire on the Mountain
by Jane Kurtz, E.B. Lewis
A clever young shepherd boy uses his wits to gain a fortune for himself and his sister from a haughty rich man.
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Ethiopia (Countries and Cultures)
by Allison Lassieur
"Appropriate for upper elementary, maybe middle school, depending on reading level. Great color pictures, current information, all the information needed for a school report. Ages 8-12." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Welcome to Ethiopia
by Neil Macknish, Elizabeth Berg
Welcome to My Country series.
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"Disney film about the life of the famous Ethiopian runner Haile Gebreselassie." (Adoption Advocates International)
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The Lion's Whiskers: An Ethiopian Folktale
by Nancy Raines Day
"A stepmother learns the secret of bonding with her stepson." (4-8) (Adoption Advocates International)
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On The Wings Of Eagles: Ethiopia
by Jeffrey Schrier
"A children's book recounting the airlift of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in the 1980's. Ages 4-8." (Adoption Advocates International)
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When the World Began: Stories Collected from Ethiopia. Oxford University Press
By Elizabeth Laird
Ages 9-12 for independent reading, younger for read aloud. Beautifully illustrated keepsake book. (Adoption Advocates International)
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The Perfect Orange: A Tale from Ethiopia (Toucan Tales Series ; Vol. 2)
by Frank P. Araujo
The tale of a generous girl. (4-8) (Adoption Advocates International)
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Teenage Refugees from Ethiopia Speak Out (In Their Own Voices)
by Ladena Schnapper
"Moving accounts by actual teens forced to leave their homeland. Relatively easy reading for ESL students. (young adult or mature 11-12 year old)." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Only a Pigeon
by Jane Kurtz, Christopher Kurtz
Ondu-ahlem carefully trains his pigeons and prepares them for the day when he and other Ethiopian boys test the homing instinct and loyalty of their precious birds.
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by Jane Kurtz
A retelling of a traditional Eritrean tale in which a young goatherd disobeys his father by inadvertently trading away the board game that was supposed to keep him out of trouble.
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The Lion's Whiskers and Other Ethiopian Tales: Revised Edition
by Brent K. Asbabranner
A collection of tales from the 9 tribes of Ethiopia. (9-12) (Adoption Advocates International)
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