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Thread of love

2018

by Kabir Sehgal, Surishtha Sehgal and Zara Gonzalez Hoang

"It's time for the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan, the celebration of the special lifelong relationship shared by brothers and sisters everywhere. Join two sisters as they lovingly make rakhi--thread bracelets adorned with beads, sequins, sparkles, and tassels--for their brother. And then see their brother present them with toys and sweets and special gifts! Three siblings enjoy the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan, a celebration of the special relationship between brothers and sisters, in this reinterpretation of the song Frère Jacques. New York Times bestselling authors Surishtha and Kabir Sehgals' irresistible text, set to the tune of the classic song Frère Jacques (Are You Sleeping), will have little ones singing along while they learn about Indian culture. And the vibrant illustrations by Zara Gonzalez Hoang will have readers wishing they could step right into the characters' colorful crafting world" --|cProvided by Amazon

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Jaipur jamboree

2015

by Kala Sambasivan and Ambika Sambasivan

"The beautiful city of Jaipur is rejoicing. The Maharajah and his people, all dressed in their best, are getting ready to welcome the Emir from faraway Dubai. But behind all the music, dancing and gaiety, there is something very strange going on ... Why is a runaway camel stalking the royal guest in and around the forts and palaces of Jaipur? Why is he being helped by an odd bunch of friends - a faithful donkey, a chatty parrot, two resourceful monkeys and one smart little boy? And who is that mysterious man following them with a very grumpy expression on his face?" --Amazon

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India (On the Way to School)

2019

by Anna Obiols and Subi

India is waking up to a beautiful day. Ramjed and his favorite monkey, Gigi, are on their way to school. What wonders will they see along the way? Readers of this charming book will follow Ramjed and his furry friend on their morning adventure. They'll travel through a bustling marketplace, pass by a Hindu temple, and even meet an elephant. They'll also learn about food, music, games, religion, clothing, etiquette, and daily life in the beautiful country of India. Stunning illustrations will pull even reluctant readers into this endearing story. This adorable book will entertain readers while introducing them to the vibrant culture of India.

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Bye, bye, Motabhai!

2013

by Kala Sambasivan and Ambika Sambasivan

Pavan, an over-worked camel in the city of Ahmedabad, India, hates his job. He often dreams of being a racing camel in Dubai. But hitched to a heavy vegetable cart and with his owner Motabhai around, how is this possible? One day, Pavan finds a way to escape with a little help from some kind-hearted children. He makes a mad dash through the city along with Bijilee, a dhobi's donkey whom he befriends on the way. Can you imagine the riot that this pair causes in the narrow, bustling streets of old Ahmedabad, as they race past its historic monuments, with Motabhai, an auto-driver, a policeman and a washerwoman hot on their trail?

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Angel in Beijing

2018

by Belle Yang

In busy Beijing, New Year's Eve firecrackers scare a stray white cat into the courtyard of a young girl. The two become fast friends, riding the girl's bike through the city and seeing all kinds of people and things. Trrrring- trrrring! the girl chimes with her bicycle bell. Niaow- niaow! answers Kitty. On the day of the Dragon Boat Festival, the girl and the cat watch the kites soaring above crowded, chaotic Tiananmen Square. Kitty is enthralled by the enormous, colorful dragon kite, and she leaps to catch it as it sails up into the sky - taking Kitty with it and carrying her out of sight! The girl searches the city, visiting all their favorite spots and ringing her bell along the way, but Kitty is nowhere to be found. Will the two ever be reunited? Or could another unexpected friendship be in store - for both of them?

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