Written by Mitali Perkins
Illustrated by Lavanya Naidu
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Shanti misses the warm monsoon rains in India. Now in America, she watches fall leaves fly past her feet.
Still, her family’s apartment feels like a village: Mama cooking luchi, funny stories in Bangla, and Baba’s big laugh. But outside, everything is different – trick-or-treating, ballet class, and English books.
Back and forth, Shanti trudges between her two worlds. She remembers her village and learns her new town. She watches Bollywood movies at home and Hollywood movies with her friends. She is Indian. She is also American. How should she define home?
Primary ISBN: 9780374303679
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 03 or older
Themes: Cross-Group Friendship, Family Relationship: Parents, Immigrant: Education, Multilingual Character, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Welcoming by Community, Welcoming by Individual, Welcoming by School
Setting: India, United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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