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Follow the Drinking Gourd: come along the Underground Railroad

Pat Perrin, Wim Coleman (authors), Courtney A. Martin (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781939656117

Slavery in the United States became illegal in the 1860s. Before that, many slaves found their way north by following the Big Dipper, or the Drinking Gourd as they called it. Our story begins in 1880 with Old Ellie and Old Sam, two escaped slaves who share their brave story along the path to freedom called the Underground Railroad.

La Llorona: retelling a Mexican Legend

Pat Perrin, Wim Coleman (author), Martha Avils (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781939656278

La Llorona (The Crying Woman) is a sad and haunting tale from Mexico. Parents have told the story for hundreds of years to misbehaving children and to guard against vanity. Some say the story is about Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and a native Mexican woman who served as his translator. Her loss can be compared to the loss of native Mexican culture after the Spanish conquest.

Sequoyah and His Talking Leaves: a play about the Cherokee Syllabary)

Pat Perrin, Wim Coleman (author), Siri Weber Feeney (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781939656360

In the early 1800s, white settlers and missionaries were intent on bringing the English language to the illiterate Native Americans. Sequoyah was intrigued by these leaves of paper with strange marks that talked. Doing what no one had ever done before, Sequoyah set about creating a written Cherokee languagehelping preserve the tribe's history and culture even today.

A Slave's Education in Courage: the life of Frederick Douglass

Pat Perrin, Wim Coleman (authors), Damien Ward (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781939656391

In 1845, Frederick Douglass's first autobiography became a bestseller. Many readers could not believe that such a brilliant writer was ever a slave. When Douglass wrote the book, slavery had not yet ended so he kept secret how he escaped from Maryland. By 1881, the Civil War had ended slavery and Douglass felt the time was right to reveal how he escaped. This play is adapted from Douglass's own words from The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.

The Princess and the Giant: A Tale from Scotland

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Marie Lafrance (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529611

When the king dies, the queen and her three daughters must work to survive. A giant steals from their garden, and then steals the daughters. The princesses outwit the giant to return home. Themes: ingenuity, perseverance.

The Brave Servant: A Tale from China

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Yu-mei Han (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529574

The Lord of Luchow was a kind man, but his people are threatened with war. A loyal servant finds a way to protect his master and bring peace to the lands. Themes: bravery, intelligence, devotion.

The Wounded Lion: A Tale from Spain

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), John Joven (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529635

Day after day, a poor young girl discovers a lion who needs her help. In time, her care for the lion-in-need and her dreams of a better life intersect.

The Boy and the North Wind: A Tale from Norway

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Laura Jacobsen (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529567

When the north wind blows away the flour carried by a baker's young son, he sets out on a journey to insist it be returned. This Norwegian tale shows the value of perseverance nd gifts of nature.

One Last Wish: A Tale from India

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Sue Todd (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529604

When a princess learns a terrible secret about the man she loves, she marries him in spite of the news. Her devotion pays off when she is granted a wish.

Kumba and Kambili: A Tale from Mali

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Keith D. Shepherd (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529581

When a village is terrorized by a lion, the hunter Kambili wishes to track down the beast. But his wife Kumba warns that the lion is an evil wizard. This is an adaptation of a Malinke story.

The Lute Player: A Tale from Russia

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Viktor Sluzhaev (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529598

The king, who loves adventures, is imprisoned during one of his journeys. But when the queen dets out to find her husband, she must travel in disguise. This is a story of ingenuity from medieval Russia.

The Tale of the Oki Islands: A Tale from Japan

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Hiromitsu Yokota (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529628

Tokoyo, a skilled diver, is devoted to her father who has been banished by the emperor. She goes in search of him and in the process kills a sea dragon, breaking an evil spell. Tokoyo and her father are reunited and return to their village. Themes: bravery, devotion.