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Dari version available in the Bates catalog

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

Dari version available in Bates catalog

Pashto version available in Bates catalog

Dari version available in Bates catalog

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

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