It's not easy to draw a line between books for older preschoolers and younger school-age children. I've placed the following books in the second categories because stories are longer and story lines a bit more complex. Most, though, would probably interest older preschoolers with longer attention spans as well.
A number of these books deal specifically with cultural heritage. Opa & Oma Together is written specifically from the perspective of German-American family, while more broadly addressing the move away from rural life. The 1994 Caldecott Medalist Grandfather's Journey tells the tale of a Japanese emigrant torn between two lands. A Day's Work reflects the struggle of migrant worker laboring to support his young grandson. The Patchwork Quilt places an African-American family at center stage, while dealing with tough issues such as aging, death, and dying in a sensitive, age-appropriate manner. Last, but not least, The Patchwork Quilt (Tanya) reflects a Jewish family's efforts to adapt to mainstream American culture without losing their own heritage, while Halmoni and the Picnic reflects a Korean-American perspective.
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