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    The stranger’s farewell

    2017

    by Palwasha Bazger Salam and Marie Lafrance

    This is a very old story, one that has entertained people all over the world for hundreds of years. A young couple invites a stranger to share their meal. As he leaves, his parting words reward their generosity in an amazing way. News of their changed status travels fast and prompts a greedy merchant to seek out the stranger in the hope of gaining a similar reward for himself. But, of course, the result is very different. This tale encourages readers to think about the nature of giving and receiving. It is set here in Afghanistan and retold for young people by the Afghan storyteller and teacher Palwasha Bazger Salam. --publisher

    Folklore

    Raza’s bindu

    2016

    by Ritu Khoda, Vanita Pai and Kundan Shanbhag

    BINDU is a familiar symbol in Indian culture, but how does a child respond to it? Young Raza started searching for deeper meanings within the BINDU and saw it as more than just a Dot. It lingered with him till he started giving creative expression, using BINDU as the focal point. This book delves into the works of famous Indian artist S.H. Raza and takes children on a fantastic visual journey. It directs them to demystify the BINDU and introspect on its meaning and significance. Raza's world of BINDU--as Universe, Sun, Panchtatva and more--unfolds through brilliant illustrations and a stirring narrative. Creatively interlaced with fun projects, BINDU unlocks the realm of art to children. -- publisher

    Beautiful Life Biography

    Mina vs. the monsoon

    2018

    by Rukhsanna Guidroz and Debasmita Dasgupta

    "Mina loves to play soccer all year round. Nothing comes close to it. But when the monsoon arrives, Mina is stuck indoors and she can't help feeling restless and bored. Her ammi doesn't understand. The doodhwalla doesn't understand. That's when Mina decides she'll find ways of chasing away the clouds herself. In doing so, she makes an unexpected discovery. Soccer will never be the same again for Mina! In a charming story that any kid who loves a sport will relate to, soccer-mad Mina tries just about any trick to stop the monsoon clouds from raining on her game. In doing so, she shows us glimpses of her life in a village in eastern India, highlighting the important role played by monsoon rains in this part of the world. The heart of the story, however, is the bond forged between a mother and her daughter on a gray, gloomy day."--Publisher website

    Any Child

    Brave with beauty

    2019

    by Maxine Rose Schur

    This is the extraordinary story of Queen Goharshad, a 15th-century monarch, who many historians now believe was the one of the most powerful women in world history. Ruling from the Timurid artistic and cultural center of Herat in western Afghanistan, Queen Goharshad ushered in a remarkable period when poetry, music, calligraphy, painting, and the sciences flourished as never before. A poet and an architect, she designed some of the most beautiful structures ever built on earth. --publisher

    Biography

    Ambadas’s dancing brush

    2018

    by Ritu Khoda, Vanita Pai and Rupal Vaidya

    Ambadas Khobragade felt utterly free while doodling and painting. His Dancing Brush made time and space, sky and earth quiver with movement. He was like a mystic in a trance when he played with colours on the canvas. Come, immerse yourself in Ambadas’s vibrant art. Let his story remind you that some childhood memories remain with you as powerful sources of inspiration. Allow your paintbrush to dance without any rules, as you try out the exercises in the book. --from publisher

    Biography Informational

    The Divali story

    2018

    by Anita Ganeri and Carole Gray

    Anita Ganeri retells the traditional stories of world religion festivals with her usual sensitivity and gift for drawing children into the narrative. Exquisite watercolour illustrations breath warmth and life into the story. Suggestions for activities are included in every book, as well as special recipes that children will enjoy trying out. The Hindu festival of Divali celebrates the goddess Lakshmi and the victory of good over evil and light over darkness and is celebrated in October.

    Beautiful Life

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