It’s a perfect day for flying kites as Farmer Falgu and his daughter, Eila, make their way to the fairgrounds for the annual kite festival.
Father and daughter load their ox cart with a spool of thread, four kites, some lunch, and a box of odds and ends; Eila sits behind Farmer Falgu on the cart and holds up her large green kite. The wind blows gently at first, but with a sudden “WHOOOSH!” it carries Eila’s kite away. Farmer Falgu reassures his disappointed daughter, suggesting that she choose another kite to fly. Along the way, Eila and her father meet Ahmed the balloon seller and then Pushpa the fortuneteller, who are also on their way to the fair. “WHOOOSH!” goes the wind each time, carrying each of their kites away as well. Despite the strong wind, however, Farmer Falgu is confident that they will have kites to fly at the festival, and with a little ingenuity they eventually have “the best in the sky!” Soundar’s straightforward narrative and Nair’s bright, cheerful illustrations are accompanied by artful typography that conveys emotions and movement. A note about the International Kite Festival in Rajasthan, India, at the end of the book will provide readers with context for this story.
Captures the spirit and vibrancy of this fun North Indian festival. (Picture book. 3-6)