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A Journey in Languages and Cultures – The Life of a Bicultural Bilingual

Author: François Grosjean

Language: English

Summary: This book explores the life and experiences of one of the world’s most renowned and well-respected experts in bilingualism. François Grosjean takes us through his life, from his monolingual childhood in a small village outside Paris to the long periods of time he spent in Switzerland, England, France, and the United States, becoming bilingual and bicultural in the process.

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Why are people different colours?: Big issues for little people around identity and diversity

Author: Emma Waddington, Christopher McCurry

Language: English

Summary: Learn how to:

Talk to children, develop and harness your child’ curiosity, address questions about diversity with confidence.

This revolutionary series, written by two child psychologists, provides the perfect platform to explore a broad range of family issues and questions that children have as they grow up and try to make sense of the world around them.

Each illustrated spread poses important, commonly-asked questions around diversity and cultural identity, such as “Why are people different colours?”, “How come she is in a wheelchair?” and “Why does Grandma have wrinkles?”, which help children to discuss their feelings and understand others as they become aware of people of different ages, cultures and appearance. Includes explanations and advice for parents and carers throughout. – Source: amazon.com

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The Permanent Resident

Author: Roanna Gonsalves

Language: English

Summary: A woman who can’t swim wades into a suburban pool. An Indian family sits down to an Australian Christmas dinner. A single mother’s offer to coach her son’s soccer team leads to an unexpected encounter. A recent migrant considers taking the fall for a second generation ‘friend’. A wife refuses to let her husband look at her phone. An international student gets off a train at night.

Roanna Gonsalves’ short stories unearth the aspirations, ambivalence and guilt laced through the lives of 21st century immigrants, steering through clashes of cultures, trials of faith, and squalls of racism. Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes playful, they cut to the truth of what it means to be a modern outsider. ” Source: UWA Publishing

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The olive tree

Author: Elsa Marston

Language: English

Summary: The house next door to Sameer’s had been empty for as long as he could remember. The family had gone away when the war began. But now they were back, and he was ready to have fun with his new playmate. Together they could climb the big olive tree that overlooked both their gardens, and eat the delicious olives it produced. The only problem was that Muna, the little girl next door, didn’t want to play and she didn’t want to share the olives. She said they belonged to her family alone—that is, until one fateful night when lightning struck the tree. Poignantly told by award-winning author Elsa Marston and with beautiful paintings from award-winning illustrator Claire Ewart, The Olive Tree follows two children as they learn to share and work together by looking past their differences. It shows young readers that compassion and understanding lie at the heart of all friendships. Source: amazon.com

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