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Picture Book, ages 5-10 years
Release Date:
March 12, 2019
Written by Meera Sriram
Illustrated by Meera Sethi
Publisher: Penny Candy Books
ISBN-10: 0999658417
ISBN-13: 978-0999658413

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In The Yellow Suitcase, Asha travels with her parents from America to India to mourn her grandmother’s passing. Asha’s grief and anger are compounded by the empty yellow suitcase usually reserved for gifts to and from Grandma, but when she discovers a gift left behind just for her, Asha realizes that the memory of her grandmother will live on inside her, no matter where she lives.

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Praise for The Yellow Suitcase

“This immigrant narrative beautifully captures the emotions of loss, love, and belonging that the little girl experiences, embedding readers in Asha’s developmentally spot-on perspective.  A thoughtful story that artfully addresses the loss of a grandparent from an immigrant perspective.” Kirkus Review of The Yellow Suitcase, Dec 2018 (Full Review)

This thoughtful picture book provides a rare and necessary perspective, free of tropes and clichés: that of the contemporary bicultural child whose heart is in two places, India and California. The focus on Asha’s feelings gives this book powerful bibliotherapeutic value, and the ending brings a gentle and satisfying resolution.” – American Library Association’s (ALA) Booklist, Jan 2019 (Full Review)

In this beautifully bittersweet expression of love and loss, Asha mourns her grandma’s death while learning to treasure her life and memory. With two long braids, bright blue glasses, a cheerful collection of knee-high socks, and a grieving heart, Asha travels from California to India to attend the funeral. The warmth of Indian culture is evident all around, from bold colors, patterns, and traditions to the patient understanding and support that the family shows each other as they heal together.” ― star starred review, Foreword Reviews (Full Review)


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