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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  67 reviews
In The Yellow Suitcase by Meera Sriram, 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 ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Penny Candy Books
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A great story about Grief and loss.

This is a well done story dealing with grief of a lost Grandmother. Picture books don’t have a whole lot on the subject, but this one does well. A family has flown over to India to go to their grandmother’s funeral. The girl is American and all the weird things in India feel foreign to her, even though her grandmother was Indian. She misses all the rituals she had with her grandmother, the smells, the food, the kindness and love. She always brought a gift in he
Sep 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book seems to be quite popular but it didn’t get to me. I didn’t like the arts, the story was a bit long and boring, way too slow, for a child story, and I just never was able to get in it and enjoy the ride. Probably just me!
Shoa Khan
This is the story of Asha, who visits India when her grandmother passes away, and has trouble coming to terms with it.

Filled with bold, colorful illustrations, this book would help children deal with the grief accompanying the loss of a loved one. The book also captures the hustle and bustle of Indian streets perfectly.

Coincidentally, the author and the illustrator have the same first name!

Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Asha's Grandma is gone, passed away, dead. Asha misses her, and voices her questions and her worries.

The Yellow Suitcase is a wonderful book to open up conversations about death with children. The story centers on the yellow suitcase and the way the suitcase has shared things between grandmother and grandchild in the past and the way the suitcase can continue to hold memories.
Rebecca Reviews
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Yellow Suitcase is a moving picture book about love, grief, and death. The lovely artwork is soft and bright. This is perfect for young readers to help them learn about dealing with grief and a loved one’s death. However, I wish certain aspects of the writing had been a little less abrupt.

Young Asha travels with her parents to India to mourn her grandmother’s death. She has her yellow suitcase which she usually fills with gifts for Grandma and which she takes back to California filled with
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Asha is a little girl from the US who flies to India with her parents to visit her grandmother. Asha has packed her favourite yellow suitcase for the trip, one she usually fills full of special gifts and treats to give to her grandmother on her arrival, just like she has so many times before. At the time of take-off she has not yet been informed that her grandmother has passed away.

When the taxi pulls up in front of grandmother's home she is not waiting on the front porch like she alway does to
Sandy Brehl
Death and grief are difficult experiences at any age. The very youngest infants and toddlers will experience disruptions to schedules and will sense the emotional intensity of family members. School age children are developing awareness of the finality of death, feeling deeply the immediate loss of loved ones from daily life or from the matrix of extended family and memories. Discussions about this subject at that age are challenging, at best, and often avoided rather than explored. Picture book ...more
Eileen Winfrey
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sad sweet story about Asha who is making her yearly trip to India with her family to see her Grandmother. Only this time, it’s for her grandmother’s funeral. Touching. Beautifully illustrated.
Danielle Hammelef
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bright illustrations to accompany lyrical text that tells of a family's grief over losing a loved one and a child dealing with such a great loss for the first time. Very moving and real.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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Inspired by the author's own family experience, The Yellow Suitcase is a young girl's journey to accepting the loss of her grandmother. It's reminiscent of a thirty-two hour journey from California to India, when Meera Sriram's children lost their grandmother.

There's a mixed bag of emotions in this book, reflected in a simplicity and naïveté of child's perspective.

In The Yellow Suitcase, Asha has travelled with her parents from California to India. She's done this journey before, with her yell
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartfelt multicultural story about the universal experience of dealing with the loss of a beloved grandparent.

The Yellow Suitcase begins so artfully – we are immediately immersed in the main character Asha’s visit to India. We understand that this is not her home, but it’s not her first visit either. The next spread is heart breaking in its honest simplicity. The child looks for her grandmother, who isn’t there. The illustration simply shows and empty chair and empty shoes. We feel t
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When there is a loss, everyone seems to have one thing that means something very special, and when one realizes that thing cannot continue the way it was, it's hard. Young Asha has traveled a long way to her grandma's house in India. She has carried her yellow suitcase, usually bringing gifts from California, but this time she did not. This time, her grandma is not waiting on the porch when they arrived. She is gone. Meera Sriram gently leads
Mourning the loss of a beloved family member is never easy, especially for children who may have a difficult time understanding death and the spiritual implications of that. But for Asha, the girl in this lovely picture book, mourning the death also involves a long trip from her home in California to India. On previous visits, Asha would carry a yellow suitcase filled with gifts for her grandmother. The suitcase would be filled with treats and gifts from her grandmother for the return trip. This ...more
Barbara Ann
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Asha arrives at her grandmother’s house in India from California for her yearly visit, clutching her yellow suitcase. Each year Asha packs her suitcase with gifts for her grandmother and returns with little treasures that her grandmother has created for her. But this year the house is filled with relatives mourning her grandmother’s death. Asha struggles through her grief and becomes inconsolable until it is time to leave. She finds a wonderful gift that her grandmother has made for Asha just be ...more
Andrea Pole
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Yellow Suitcase by Meera Sriram is a beautiful, emotive story about the loss of a grandparent whose home is very far away. Young Asha travels to India from California for her grandmother's funeral, and is overwhelmed by an absence that is even more pronounced when she is surrounded by her grandmother's very essence in India.

With gorgeous illustrations by Meera Sethi, the very spirit of India is brought to life in vibrant colour. Asha's fashion choices are also of particular note, specifical
Nanette Heffernan
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I wish we'd had this book 5 years ago when my husband's mother passed away. My youngest was quite sad for a long time and didn't understand why we couldn't go to grandma's house anymore and was inconsolable when someone else moved into it! Of course we talked about how we will always have her memories so she's never truly gone but Meera Sriram has such a gentle hand with this it would have been a wonderful tool to have. At least we have it now. When the book arrived I immediately read it ...more
April Gray
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to start with the illustrations- so gorgeous! So bright and colorful, filled with detail, filled with Asha's memories of her grandmother, who has passed away. Also, I'm seriously jealous of Asha's sock collection! The story is bittersweet, about Asha having a hard time coming to terms with her grandmother's death, going through the stages of grief, until an unexpected last gift from her grandmother helps her to finally let her tears come and to grieve. The story is based on the author's o ...more
This is a lovely picture book about a young girl who must go to India in the wake of her grandmother's death. Readers unfamiliar with Indian funeral traditions will appreciate the cultural insights. All readers will appreciate the message that, even in loss, our loved ones remain in our hearts. Family members looking for a book to help them talk about the loss of a love one will find this especially helpful.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This tender story follows Asha as she grieves in a country far from home. Asha and her grandmother always filled the yellow suitcase with treats for each other. Asha doesn't know what to do with it now that her grandmother has passed away. When Asha learns of her grandmother's final gift, she is able to move into the final stage of grief: acceptance.
Leah Horton
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book about grief, and loss. The beautiful imagery throughout book were beautiful and sad. They showed the struggle Asha was going through in dealing with the loss of her grandmother. This is probably one of my favourite children’s books on grief due to the contrasting bold colors and pictures to the sad and subdued messaged.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Based on the author's experiences with her family, this is moving and sensitive and looks at death in a way that I haven't seen done before. I love how the art includes the words "fragile" and "handle with care" to show the MC's emotions as she processes what she is experiencing.
Rohan Marde
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book opens a reader’s eyes to the experiences of others while also being incredibly relatable. Although it deals with heavy topics, it is still a joy to read for people of all ages.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grief/grieving book that isn't overwhelmingly talking of religious concepts of afterlife. Dwells on a granddaughter’s feelings of loss. Lovely, lovely story to talk through grief.
Vivian Kirkfield
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story that will help any child dealing with loss...with a perfect marriage between lyrical text and wonderful illustrations! Full of heart...this is a definitely page-turner!
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Lovely story about grieving a loved one.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a heartwarming story of a young girl who travels to her grandmother's homeland, but her grandmother is not there. She misses her terribly.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so grateful for this story. After recently losing my mother-in-law, The Yellow Suitcase opened the door to many a conversation with my grieving children. They saw themselves through Asha and could relate to how much they miss the comforts of their grandmother's home and the comfort of her warm embrace. Readers can actually feel the miriad of innevitable emotions. In the end, her journey helped us all look to our new reality and discuss different ways to remember and honor their dear grandmot ...more
Ana Jackson
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing book with great themes and beautiful illustrations
Jessica Kulekjian
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heartfelt story that explores the surprises to be found after a loss.
Sherry Howard
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Yellow Suitcase is about so much more than a suitcase. In this tender story of Asha’s loss of a grandparent, an honest look at the stages of grief from a child’s perspective takes a child on a journey both familiar and unfamiliar for some. This book should be especially meaningful for children dealing with loss, or who must travel to see relatives. The colorful layer of a glance at the culture of India is a bonus.
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Meera Sriram grew up in India and moved to the U.S two decades ago. An electrical engineer in the past, she now enjoys writing for children, leading early literacy programs, and advocating for diverse bookshelves. Meera is the author of "The Yellow Suitcase" and has also co-authored several books published in India. She believes in the transformative power of stories and likes to write on people, ...more

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