The Boy & the Bindi

The Boy & the Bindi

eBook - 2016
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In this beautiful children's picture book by Vivek Shraya, author of the acclaimed God Loves Hair, a five-year-old South Asian boy becomes fascinated with his mother's bindi, the red dot commonly worn by Hindu women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.
Publisher: [United States] : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781551526690
1551526697
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Alternative Title: Boy and the bindi

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A five-year-old South Asian boy becomes fascinated by his mother's bindi; she teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself. **Recommended for K-Gr2**


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lanahussein
Jun 12, 2020

It's very interesting how a children's picture book can be so highly praised and used to learn about differences. I'm studying this as part of an undergraduate English course at the University of Calgary.

VaughanPLAlison May 11, 2019

Simple yet lovingly written and beautifully drawn. If you've ever wanted to know about bindis, this is a great place to start.

ArapahoeSteffen Jul 12, 2018

I really loved this book. Sweet and informative.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 07, 2018

The illustrations in this book are beautiful, but I had mixed feelings about it on the whole. The audience seemed to change from very young child to more elementary. The rhyme was pretty weak in many places. However, the book is still good overall.

forbesrachel Aug 30, 2017

In this rhyming picture book, a young boy decides to wear a colourful bindi between his brows just like his Ammi. He is fascinated by its beauty, and its relevance, once his mother explains why she puts it on. Like her, the boy finds that it calms him and opens his mind. It is a source of identity, and even cultural pride. Others may find it a curiosity, but to him, it is important. The most disappointing thing about this book is that the quality of the writing doesn't match the beauty of the idea. The rhyme is uninspired, and the lines seem to have been pieced together with little care for meter or formula; when read aloud, it sounds rather awkward. Shraya explains well, but doesn't express well. The illustrations on the other hand do a lot to raise the quality overall. Perera portrays both the everyday, and the more spiritual experience of the boy, pulling out all the stops in terms of colour for the latter. The bindi is such a little thing, but it is significant in the Hindu culture and others. More books like this are needed, both for the children who can benefit from seeing their own culture represented, and for the children who can benefit from learning about, and from, a culture that is not their own.

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jraxlly Jul 15, 2018

jraxlly thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over

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