Month: May 2019

Top 5 kids’ books I read in May

I read a total of 11 kids books in May. My favorite was Julian is a Mermaid.

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Badger’s Perfect Garden

A badger wants to plant the perfect garden. He collects many seeds of different colors, shapes, and sizes and asks for his friends’ help to plant the seeds. His friends Red Squirrel, Dormouse and Weasel offer help willingly; they weed, rake and plant. But nature has other plans for the badger’s garden, which disappoints the badger. How did badger deal with his disappointment? Was his garden as perfect as he wanted it to be? This is a good book to teach children about how to persevere when things don’t happen according to plan. This book is written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki. The illustrations were beautiful and animated. Rating: 5/5 Published: March 15, 2019, by Sleeping Bear Press

What is the traditional dress of your country?

What is the traditional dress of your country? In this pic, I am wearing a saree and colorful bangles on my hands. Saree and Punjabi suits can be considered as the traditional dresses of India. But, these days women wear sarees only for traditional occasions. Jeans and tops have replaced traditional wear. Compared to jeans and tops, sarees are a lot more colorful and eye-catching.  

Circe

Circe by Madeline Miller is a novel about one of the Greek mythological character, Circe. Circe is a goddess and is also known as the witch of Aiaia. She was exiled to an island for converting her fellow nymph Scylla into a sea monster. She is also the famous witch who is mentioned in Odyssey. She was the lover of Odysseus and also had a son from him. This book is like an autobiography of Circe and covers her childhood, youth and the final years. I loved the motherhood experience of Circe. Being a new mother myself, I could understand the challenges of raising a newborn and her sacrifices for her child. I did not understand the hype around this book and felt that it was not worth reading. First of all, Circe is a minor character in Greek mythology, so I did not understand why I should spend my time reading 350 pages about her. While Madeline Miller’s narration is flawless, it would have been best used for other important Greek mythological characters. Rating: …

Dreamers

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales is a children’s picture book about immigrants. In this book, a mother and son cross a bridge and move from their home to a new country. They face several challenges such as not knowing the language and social norms of the new place. They discover a library and their love for books assimilates them in the new culture, and make them feel like they belong to that alien country. This story is inspired by the author’s personal life. Yuyi Morales and her son Kelly traveled from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas, legally and unexpectedly had to settle down in the States. As a result, they missed their family, food, friends, job, and the ability to communicate – to understand and be understood. They discovered a local library, learned, read and spoke English and made the United States of America their new home. In the author’s own words, ‘Dreamers: we enter a new country carried by hopes and dreams, and carrying our own special gifts, to build a better future’. …

Mommy’s Khimar

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is a children’s picture book. A Khimar is a flowing scarf and is also called a hijab. In this story, a young girl plays dress-up with her mother’s head scarves. By wearing Mommy’s Khimar she becomes a queen with a golden train, a mama bird protecting her baby brother and a superhero in a cape. She smells her Mommy’s Khimar and becomes surrounded by her mother’s love and warmth. The illustrations by Ebony Glenn were catchy with bright colors and the facial expressions of the young girl were exquisite. This book is the perfect book about a girl’s love for her mother and embracing Muslim culture and traditions. Rating: 5/5 Published: April 3, 2018