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by Phyllis Shalant

Price: $22.00

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Library Binding - 48 pages (March 1998)

Julian Messner; ISBN: 0382394631

Aruna's Journeys

by Jyotsna Sreenivasan, Merryl Winstein (Illustrator)

Price: $5.56

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback - 133 pages (February 1997)

Smooth Stone Pr; ISBN: 0961940174


From Booklist , July 19, 1997

Gr. 4^-7. Eleven-year-old Aruna is an Indian in the U.S.--a very self-conscious Indian at that. Fearful of being labeled different, she avoids other students from her native country and cringes when her parents share information about India with curious friends and neighbors. But a summer trip back to Bangalore to visit family helps Aruna gain a new appreciation for her heritage and its customs and traditions. Likewise, it helps her realize that many of America's ways are of value as well. Although the story is somewhat saccharine, it does offer children a glimpse at the difficulties of being a minority in a foreign country. It also puts many Indian traditions into a twentieth-century perspective, something rarely seen in children's literature today. Frances Bradburn Copyright© 1997, American Library Association. All rights reserved

Ashok by Any Other Name

by Sandra S. Yamate

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Polychrome Pub Corp; ISBN: 1879965011

Book Description

Ashok is an Indian American boy who wishes he had a more "American" name. In a series of mishaps, he searches for the perfect name for himself. A story for every immigrant or child of immigrants who struggles to be an American. 36 pages, hardbound with paper jacket; full color illustrations and a brief history of King Asoka.

Over the Moon : An Adoption Tale

by Karen Katz

Price: $14.35

Reading level: Ages 4-8

School & Library Binding - 32 pages (September 1997)

Henry Holt & Company, Inc.; ISBN: 0805050132


From Kirkus Reviews , July 1, 1997

A happy, colorful book about a man and woman dreaming of their soon-to-be-born adopted baby, receiving the news of her birth, and flying to the ``faraway place'' where they meet their child. Based on Katz's experience adopting a Central American infant and bright with mixed-media illustrations suggestive of folk art, this is a book for adults to use with children who were adopted in similar circumstances. The message is reassuring: ``Forever and always we will be your mommy and daddy. Forever and always you will be our child.'' The birth mother is gently described as another lady in whose tummy ``you grew like a flower,'' but who ``wasn't able to take care of you, so Mommy and Daddy came to adopt you and bring you home.'' The baby has dark hair like the mother's and dark eyes like both parents' but with duskier skin than either. As in Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell's Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born (1996), both text and pictures are suffused with anticipation and joyful welcome at the baby's arrival. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Lights for Gita

by Rachna Gilmore, Alice Priestley (Illustrator), Alice Priestly (Illustrator)

Price: $6.96

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Tilbury House Publishers; ISBN: 0884481506


From Booklist , June 1, 1995

Ages 4^-8. In a picture-book first published in Canada, an immigrant child from India celebrates the Hindu holiday of Divali for the first time in her new home. An introductory note describes the holiday as a festival of lights celebrated with sweets, parties, storytelling, and fireworks. In the November gloom of her new apartment, Gita longs for her extended family in New Delhi and the warmth she's left behind. She cries when an ice storm knocks out the power in all the buildings on her street; but with her parents and her best friend, she lights the diyas for the festival, and she comes to see that the lights of Divali can beat the darkness outside and the sadness within. Priestley's delicately shaded illustrations in bright colors show an Indian child and her family making a home. Words and pictures weave the particular holiday traditions into a universal story of disappointment and hope. Hazel Rochman Copyright© 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved

The Sunita Experiment

by Mitali Perkins

Price: $3.60

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback - 179 pages 1 edition (April 1994)

Hyperion Press; ISBN: 1562826719


From Kirkus Reviews , May 15, 1993

First-novelist Perkins makes tangible the ups and downs of American children from non-Western families. Sunita Sen hasn't given her Bengali heritage much thought until her old-fashioned grandparents arrive for a year in the US. Suddenly, Sunni's mother leaves her teaching job and turns in her workout gear for flowing silk sarees; the family's pizza and sushi nights are thrown over for home-cooked samosa and other traditional dishes. Deciding that would-be boyfriend Michael will never understand her ``weird'' family, Sunni goes into self-imposed exile; she experiences racism when she and an African-American student are both pejoratively referred to as ``colored.'' Grandparents Didu and Dadu, however, relish American culture and have depths of tolerance and understanding that even their own daughter failed to recognize. Though all the characters are fully realized, it's the endearing elderly couple (he gardens, she adores soap operas) who give this story its old-world roots; Sunni's parents seem far more torn between cultures than their typically American teenage children. Gentle and palatable, the lessons are offered with compassion and easily absorbed insights. (Fiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Seeds of Love : For Brothers and Sisters of International Adoption

by Jill Chambers (Illustrator), Mary Ebejer Petertyl

Price: $11.16

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover (May 1997)

Folio One Pub; ISBN: 0965575314


Midwest Book Review

Adding a new baby to the family is an exciting time for young children. It can also be a stressful time, especially for a young child whose parents will be traveling abroad without him or her to complete an international adopting. Seeds Of Love is a story about just such a girl. Seeds Of Love is a beautifully illustrated book that will help brothers and sisters of international adoption work through their feelings about being separated from their parents during this important time. Seeds Of Love also gives parents fun and practical ideas for easing their children's anxiety prior to adoption travel. Seeds Of Love is highly recommended for any parent with a young child and who is considering expanding their family through adoption.

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