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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.

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Jaipur jamboree

2015

by Kala 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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Yan’s Hajj

2018

by Fawzia Gilani-Williams and Sophie Burrows

Yann's trip to perform Hajj turns into a journey that lasts a lifetime. A heart-warming tale about helping others.

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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

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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