children's books about india

March 9, 2012

When Ben went to India and we began sponsoring a little girl who lives there, I ran straight to the library to get as many books set in India as I could.

One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi

This book is gorgeous. I love the illustrations and the story is amazing. A young girl outwits the Raja with math. The heroine is smart and beautiful. You can't really ask for more.

The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman, Illustrated by Fred Marcellino

A little boy outsmarts a bunch of hungry tigers who want to eat him up. In the end, he ends up eating them. (They turn into butter--sounds weird here, but it works in the story.)

Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop: A Tale of a Very Greedy Cat by Meilo So

Again, beautifully illustrated. A greedy cat eats up his friend the parrot and a bunch of other things along the way. (Sort of an "old woman who swallowed the fly" sort of thing). In the end, all the people and animals get out and he promises never to be greedy again.

The Road to Mumbai by Ruth Jeyaveeran

A little girl and her monkey go to a MONKEY wedding. I think that's all you need to hear.

The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from India illustrated by Paul Galdone

A monkey outwits a crocodile. Lots of good outwitting stories this week.

My Dadima Wears a Sari by Kashmira Sheth

A little girl living in the US has a grandmother who wears her saris everyday. When the granddaugther asks her why she wears them every day, she explains all the wonderful things a sari can do--shield them rain, hide them in the jungle, fan you on a hot day, hold seashells while the are walking along the beach, etc.. She weaves in memories from India and then wraps her two granddaughters in two saris. In the back, there are instructions on how to wrap a sari--which we very much needed after Ben brought one back for the girls.

I found some more that looked good, but our library didn't have copies of--you can find them on my books to read board on Pinterest.

Do you have any favorite Indian children's books to recommend?

Thanks again for letting me share with you this week! I have enjoyed reading all your sweet comments. Have a wonderful weekend!

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