Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Kesar and the Lullaby Birds - a bookwrap



Kesar and the Lullaby Birds

Authored by Aditi Oza

Illustrated by Debasmita Dasgupta


* Age Range:  4-6 years

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover, Paperback, eBook:  34 pages

* Publisher:  Yali Books

* Pub. Date:  May 31, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1949528855

* ISBN-13:  978-1949528855

* Language:  English


“Set in the Kutch region of India, the bright colors, intricate patterns, and delicate details of Indian attire and architecture are standout features.”
—Foreword Reviews (Starred) 

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

 Kesar's little sister, Kamal, will not sleep at night leaving her family, and her whole village wide awake.  She cries non-stop so everyone is thoroughly exhausted and no one knows how to calm her. 

When Kesar's and Kamal's ba ( grandmother ) pays the family a visit she recites a story, an inspiring story, from the past that changes the whole scenario.  It's a story about a woman whose beautiful embroidered birds come to life at night and lull little ones to sleep.  Kesar is mesmerized by the magical tale and decides to put it into practice.  To everyone's delight... her baby sister settles in and sleeps soundly.  What a wonderful big sister !  

This heartwarming tale has gorgeous, colourful, expressive illustrations that celebrate the traditions of Kutchi culture in India.  It features a loving family working together to solve baby Kamal's sleeping problem successfully. 

The book is full of cultural richness and beauty.  A glossary in the back provides definitions and pronunciations of Kutchi and Gujarati words used.  I highly recommend this book.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Aditi Oza grew up in Vadodara, a beautiful city full of Banyan trees in the state of Gujarat, India. 

She is a self-taught mixed media artist whose love for folk art and empathetic disposition inspires her work. Through her paintings, embroideries and stories, Aditi hopes to create art that connects with the people at a human level and communicate her love for her Indian heritage and culture.

Aditi has her masters in Computer Science and she works as a User Experience Designer. She lives with her husband in San Jose, California and together they are raising their two daughters.

About the Illustrator

Debasmita Dasgupta is a Singapore-based, internationally published, Kirkus-Prize nominated illustrator and graphic novelist. She enjoys drawing both fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. She has illustrated over 20 picture books, comics and poems. Widely known as an art-for-change advocate, Debasmita tells stories of changemakers from around the world partnering with global non-profits. Her art is exhibited across the globe and more than 40 international media outlets have featured it. Her debut independent graphic novel, NADYA, published by Scholastic is critically acclaimed in many countries.

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