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A book like this reminds us that there really is nothing that cannot be learned about through children’s books. . . . A powerful biography that will inspire readers who can relate to being biracial and bicultural, artistic, motivated, determined, and curious.” Booklist

“This lyrical picture-book biography not only celebrates Sher-Gil’s rebellious brilliance, it also frankly examines the challenges and opportunities presented by having a mixed heritage. While much of Sher-Gil’s life and work involved highly adult themes, this book addresses these issues in a child-friendly manner without hiding the truth.”Kirkus Reviews


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Sriram’s simple rhyming story celebrating the unifying magic of food pairs well with the childlike naïveté of de Antuñano’s inclusive and diverse gouache illustrations. . . .Without skipping a beat, she folds words for both dumplings and family members and their respective languages into her couplets.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Peppy, rhyming text; cheerful illustrations; and a counting element combine for an enjoyable introduction to 10 types of dumpling from around the world, spanning Nigeria to Russia to Japan.”Booklist


2021 SOUTH ASIA BOOK AWARD Winner

2020 Foreword Reviews Indies BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR, SILVER AWARD Winner

A 2021 Bank Street BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR

A 2020 School Library Journal BEST PICTURE BOOK

A 2020 NERDY BOOK AWARD Winner

“An excellent story for young readers to enhance their understanding of color and an aspect of traditional Indian culture.” – star School Library Journal

“a must-have for primary libraries seeking fresh material for required curricula.” star Foreword


A thoughtful story that artfully addresses the loss of a grandparent from an immigrant perspective.” – Kirkus

“This thoughtful picture book provides a rare and necessary perspective, free of tropes and clichés…” – ALA Booklist

beautifully bittersweet expression of love and loss” – starForeword                     


Official Author Bio:
As an Indian American, Meera has lived almost equal parts of her life in both countries. Previously an electrical engineer, she now writes for children and advocates for diversifying bookshelves. Meera is the author of several picture books including THE YELLOW SUITCASE, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, and DUMPLING DAY. Her book, A GIFT FOR AMMA, received the 2021 South Asia Book Award and the Foreword Reviews Indies Silver Award, and was named Best Book Of The Year by School Library Journal and Bank Street College. Meera has also co-authored several kids’ books published in India. She believes in the transformative power of stories and likes to write about people, places, and experiences less visible in children’s literature. For more information, please visit: http://www.meerasriram.com

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