Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

 Published by Groundwood Books

 

Summary:  Yasmin has a goal to read a book a day, an achievement she has maintained for over 400 days.  Getting the books is easy, because elderly Book Uncle has set up his free lending library right outside her apartment building.  Lots of people in her building enjoy his generosity, so Yasmin is shocked and dismayed when she finds out that Book Uncle has been told he needs an expensive permit to continue operating.  There’s an election going on for a new mayor, and Yasmin decides to take Book Uncle’s plight to her favorite candidate.  She slowly builds her case, eventually getting help from her friends and family, to effect a happy ending for Book Uncle.  149 pages; grades 2-4.

Pros:  A sweet story originally published in India. Yasmin will inspire readers to find out how they can make a difference in their own communities.

Cons:  Kids may need some help with some of the Indian names and customs.

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