THE LUNCH THIEF

By Anne c. Bromley
Illustrated by Robert Casilla
Rafael is hungry because someone stole his lunch. His mom had packed his lunch bag with two burritos, a bag of corn chips, some carrots, and an apple. Once a week she tucks in a slice of her special lemon pound cake. Rafael saw Kevin, a new kid in his class, sneak his lunch bag from underneath his desk and tuck it in his backpack. But how can he do something about the theft without picking a fight? Inspired by his mother's advice to use his mouth before his fists, Rafael bides his time, but other kids' lunches are disappearing, too. On an errand with his mom, Rafael sees Kevin carrying a bundle of laundry into a motel room, and his mom tells him Kevin's family might be one of the families who lost their homes in the recent wildfires. Rafael rethinks his anger. The next day, instead of accusing Kevin, Rafael invites him to share his lunch, letting him know he's been caught, but offering friendship as well as a good meal.

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LARRY BIRD THE BOY FROM FRENCH LICK

By Francine Poppo Rich
Illustrated by Robert Casilla
Larry Bird is one of the most accomplished basketball players in American History, but he doesn’t hold any big secrets to the game or any super human talent. His keys to his success have always been practice, persistence, and a belief in himself. Most books about famous athletes focus on the career of the person as a professional athlete. This story focuses only on Larry Bird’s life BEFORE he became the star of the Boston Celtics. This is the story of his childhood.




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DANIEL AND THE LORD OF LIONS

By Gloria Jean Pinkney
Illustrated by Robert Casilla

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The Old Testament story of Daniel in the lions' den is smoothly retold in this longer story for children in the early elementary grades. Pinkney's retelling focuses on Daniel's courage and strong faith, showing his growth from boyhood to slavery in Babylonia and his rise to a powerful position as a governor and protégé of the king. The author successfully conveys the depth of Daniel's faith and clearly summarizes the complex political situation in Babylonia that led to Daniel's incarceration with the lions. Casilla's full-spread illustrations in bright jewel tones create a distinct look and personality for Daniel and convey the menacing power of the snarling, prowling lions....

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FIRST DAY IN GRAPES

All year long Chico and his family move up and down the state of California picking fruits and vegetables. Every September they pick grapes and Chico starts at a new school again. Often other children pick on him — maybe because he is always new or maybe because he speaks Spanish sometimes.

Chico's first day in third grade turns out to be different. His teacher likes him right away, and she and his classmates are quick to recognize his excellent math skills. He may even get to go to the math fair! When the fourth-grade bullies confront Chico in the lunchroom, he responds wisely with strengths of his own.

Readers of all backgrounds will relate to Chico's bravery and the creative way he finds to resolve conflict. This story of personal triumph is a testament to the inner strength in all of us.

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JALAPENO BAGELS

Natasha Wing, Robert Casilla
Jalapeno bagels are the delicious coming together of two cultures as the son of a Jewish baker and his Mexican wife decides what to bring to school for International Day. This warm story, illustrated by rich watercolors, comes complete with recipes for all the items that Pablo helps his parents make.

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THE DREAM ON BLANCA'S WALL: POEMS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH

Jane Medina, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
Kirkus ReviewsIn this worthy successor to My Name Is Jorge (1999), Medina again creates a collection of poems in English and Spanish that form a story-in-verse. Sixth-grader Blanca applies herself in school (most of the time) and dreams of being a teacher....Medina's easy-to-read free verse encourages even the reluctant reader, in English or Spanish, and Casilla's soft black-and-white illustrations are lifelike and inviting. A winner.

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THE LEGEND OF MEXICATL

Jo Harper, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
Growing up under the blistering sun of the desert, the boy Mexicatl can hardly imagine being chosen to lead his people - until he has a vision. One day the Morning Star tells him to search for "a place of harmony" and reveals the sacred image of the eagle and snake. Only after Mexicatl learns the hard lessons of leadership do his people prosper. Richly illustrated, this is an enchanting story of faith and wisdom, drawn from ancient Aztec history.

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LA LEYENDA DE MEXICATL/THE LEGEND OF MEXICATL

Jo Harper, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
Growing up under the blistering sun of the desert, the boy Mexicatl can hardly imagine being chosen to lead his people - until he has a vision. One day the Morning Star tells him to search for "a place of harmony" and reveals the sacred image of the eagle and snake. Only after Mexicatl learns the hard lessons of leadership do his people prosper. Richly illustrated, this is an enchanting story of faith and wisdom, drawn from ancient Aztec history.

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A PICTURE BOOK OF JACKIE ROBINSON

David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A brief look at the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson. The subject's childhood, sporting accomplishments, and later endeavors are touched upon, as are the bigotry and prejudice he faced as the first African American to play in the major leagues. The information is similar to that found in Carol Greene's Jackie Robinson (Childrens, 1990), though Adler's writing is smoother. Casilla's full-and double-page watercolors provide attractive backgrounds for the text. A sound introduction to a significant figure.

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MIDNIGHT FOREST: THE STORY OF GIFFORD PINCHOT, TEDDY ROOSEVELT, AND OUR NATIONAL FOREST

By Gary Hines
Illustrated by Robert Casilla

As a young man in the 1880s, Gifford Pinchot made a decision that affected his destiny—and ours. Instead of joining his wealthy father's successful business, Gifford decided to study forestry. After graduating from Yale, he attended France's L'Ecole Nationale Forestiere. Europeans were bringing their forests back from the brink of destruction and taught surveying, mapping, silviculture, and the importance of forest habitat for wildlife............

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THE LITTLE PAINTER OF SABANA GRANDE

by Patricia Maloney Markun, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
From Horn Book
After learning how to mix paints in school, a young Panamanian boy decides to paint a picture -- until he discovers he has no paper. But the smooth walls of his adobe house are almost as good, and Fernando soon covers them with images from the forest around him. Based on a true story, the text, aided by realistic watercolors, conveys the flavor of a small Panamanian village. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

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A PICTURE BOOK OF JESSE OWENS

David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
Jesse Owens started life as a poor sharecropper's son and through hard work, skill, and determination, grew up to become an award-winning sprinter and champion of the long jump. During the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, he won four gold medals, then returned to racial prejudice in the U.S.

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JACKIE ROBINSON: HE LED THE WAY (All Aboard Reading) (Paperback)

Jackie Robinson became the first black Major League baseball player of the modern era when he stepped onto the field as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1947. In simple, engaging language, this book follows Jackie from childhood through his career as an MVP-award winning baseball player and a hero of the civil rights movement. This book is perfect for Black History Month and the start of spring training!

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A PICTURE BOOK OF ROSA PARKS

David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
A biography of the Alabama black woman whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus helped establish the civil rights movement.

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A PICTURE BOOK OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

by David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
From Kirkus Reviews: Continuing his very brief biographies, Adler presents the essential facts here in a style so succinct that it can verge on parody (``Franklin's mother Sara often told Franklin and Eleanor what to do...Eleanor didn't complain, but later she refused to be bossed around''). Casilla's skillfully composed watercolors capture the pathos in many of the situations, ..."

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DADDY POEMS

Selected by John Micklos, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
Celebrating fathers and all the loving fun they share is the theme of this nicely illustrated collection of poetry. Getting up in the morning, interacting throughout the day, and preparing for bedtime are some of fathers' roles that are highlighted in this anthology. A delightful compilation of twenty-two poems.
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A PICTURE BOOK OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

This beautifully illustrated , easy-to-read biography takes a look at the life, leadership, and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Adler examines King's family background, leadership of the Montgomery bus boycott, and the 1963 march on Washington, D.C. By focusing primarily on these events, Adler provides young readers with enough basic information to form a well-rounded picture of King and his ideals. However, the outstanding feature of this book is the vivid watercolor illustrations, which are sure to capture readers' attention. Casilla dramatically reveals the mood and feelings of the era....School Library Journal

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A PICTURE BOOK OF THURGOOD MARSHALL

David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
A story about the life of a highly regarded Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, an African American appointed by President Johnson. A Parents' Choice Approval. (Parents' Choice, 1999)

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MAMA HAD TO WORK ON CHRISTMAS

Carolyn Marsden, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
Gloria's Christmas begins with frustration when she is forced to go to work with Mama, but by the end of the day, she appreciates her family and enjoys the holiday.

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A PICTURE BOOK OF JOHN F. KENNEDY

by David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
From School Library Journal " As with his previous picture-book biographies, Adler presents a brief, clearly written text that provides basic information about his subject in an appealing format. He mentions that Kennedy was not a good student during his early school days and that as a young senator, women came to the senate just to watch him. The narrative concentrates on Kennedy's achievements, is free of fictionalization, and lends itself equally well to reading aloud, recreational reading, or reports. Casilla's watercolors are full-color copies of famous photographs ...".

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UN LIBRO ILUSTRADO SOBRE MARTIN LUTHER KING, HIJO

David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
A brief illustrated biography of the Baptist minister who worked unceasingly for his dream of a world without hate, prejudice, or violence, and was assassinated in the attempt.

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RODEO DAY

By Jonelle Toriseva
Illustratated by Robert Casilla
Young Lacey begins her cowgirl career by riding in her first rodeo. Her older sister coaches her through pre-contest anxiety, her best friend gives her a special shirt to wear, and veteran cowhorse Sweet Gussie carries her through the competition.

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CON MI HERMANO / WITH MY BROTHER (Paperback)

A small boy treasures the time his brother spends with him, and admires the older boy's abilities. He hopes, in time, to be able to play ball, deliver papers, and go to school with his sibling. But for now, he is happy when the two of them play together. This simple, repetitive story paints a reassuring picture of family life and supportive relations. The Spanish text, rendered without regionalisms, is as direct and simple as the English version, but both are bland and unexciting. The watercolor illustrations showing two Hispanic boys are large and colorful; they are good for sharing, but are merely competent in execution. Nonetheless, this possesses a similar sense of admiration and emulation found in Angela Johnson's Do Like Kyla (Orchard, 1990), with the added feature of a Spanish text. Given the simplicity of the narrative, it would probably be most useful as a teaching tool in beginning Spanish language or ESL classes.

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JACKIE ROBINSON HE WAS THE FIRST

Adler describes the life of baseball player and civil rights activist Jackie Robinson in eight chapters accompanied by numerous black-and-white illustrations. A chronological list of important dates in Robinson's life is included.

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