Search Results: "Uma Krishnaswami"


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NAMING MAYA by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2004

"Both setting and protagonist are entirely memorable, and difficult to leave behind. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a narrative redolent of spices, an American-born Indian girl sorts out memory and identity in the house of her grandfather. Read full book review >

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STEP UP TO THE PLATE, MARIA SINGH by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"A loving look at a slice of American life new to children's books. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Krishnaswami offers a peek into the life of Maria Singh and her loving family in Yuba City, California, in 1945. Read full book review >

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Released: March 31, 1999

"More edifying than exciting, but often intriguing, these stories comprise a worthwhile resource. (b&w illustrations, glossary, sources) (Folklore. 11-14)"
In this worthy anthology, Krishnaswami (The Broken Tusk, 1996) has collected and retold 18 traditional tales which originated in the Indian subcontinent, all with female protagonists. Read full book review >

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MONSOON by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2003

"An expressive story about seasons, extremes, and waiting. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Richly colored illustrations and lyrical text portray a girl and her family in India waiting for the monsoon season to begin. Read full book review >

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CHACHAJI’S CUP by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2003

"Doubly valuable for its overall theme, and as a surprisingly rare depiction of an Indian-American family, Neel's story is bound to engage readers, as well as leave them more receptive to learning about their own families' past. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A china teacup serves as both a memento of troubled times and a bridge across generations in this unusual family portrait. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE WAY! OUT OF THE WAY! by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A lovely, unique contribution. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy in India sees a baby tree growing by the side of a dusty path, and, because he protects it, it flourishes throughout his lifetime despite the changes to the landscape around him. Read full book review >

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THE GRAND PLAN TO FIX EVERYTHING by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2011

"Full of references to Bollywood movie traditions and local customs, this is a delightful romp with a fresh setting and a distinctive and appealing main character. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Hooray for Bollywood. Read full book review >

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THE CLOSET GHOSTS by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"A unique tale that is worthy of a wide audience. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Faced with the universal fear of finding a welcoming place, Anu must rid her new home of the ghosts that are in her closet, as well as find friendship with her new classmates. Read full book review >

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STORIES OF THE FLOOD by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"These tellings of deluge stories from many cultures are surprisingly—dry. (Stories/Folklore. 6-12)"
Newcomer Krishnaswami has adapted these great-flood tales with little regard for maintaining the distinctive qualities of each culture represented. Read full book review >

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THE PROBLEM WITH BEING SLIGHTLY HEROIC by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Bits of Indian culture and Bollywood drama add delicious undertones to this confection, a treat for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Best friends Dini and Maddie and Bollywood movie star Dolly Singh, from Krishnaswami's The Grand Plan to Fix Everything (2011), return for a breathless dance through Washington, D.C. Read full book review >

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BOOK UNCLE AND ME by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Yasmin's campaign should help inspire young readers to believe in their own potential to make a difference and teach the valuable lesson that sometimes it takes several small actions to make big moves. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When her source of books is threatened, so is 9-year-old Yasmin's goal of reading a book a day "forever." Read full book review >

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REMEMBERING GRANDPA by Uma Krishnaswami
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"While there is nothing unique here, the treatment is particularly lovely and will be a welcome addition to the shelves of titles on this topic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A bit of a departure for Krishnaswami, who here gently tells the tale of losing a grandparent, using anthropomorphized bunnies as her subjects. Read full book review >