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Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Priya lives in the United States and her family is from India. She feels the magic of the place that her family comes from through her Babi Ba’s colorful descriptions of India – from the warm smell of spices to the swish-swish sound of a rustling sari. Together, Priya and Babi Ba make their heritage live on through the traditions that they infuse into their everyday lives. ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 36 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Beaver's Pond Press
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Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Priya lives with her family in the United States. Her’s is the only house in her neighborhood where an Indian family lives. Priya loves to help her grandmother make rotli for dinner when she gets home. As they make the flatbread, her Babi Ba tells her about India’s spice markets, the architecture, the noises of the traffic, and the monsoon rains. Their house has marigolds strung over the door just like those in India. Priya longs to see India for herself. When winter comes, Babi Ba doesn’t hang ...more
Elizabeth Madarang
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a special children's book! This thoughtful story tells about an Indian American girl, Priya, and the loving bond she shares with her grandmother, Babi Ba. Colorful illustrations and descriptive Indian terms bring Babi Ba's India to life as she fondly shares her memories with Priya. Priya recognizes the sacrifice Babi Ba has made to come with her family to the United States and takes it upon herself to bring a little bit of India to Babi Ba. Priya's classmates join in the project.Through ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
In this story, Priya's grandmother tells her all about life in India. In the winter, when she can't tend her marigolds in the front garden, Priya and her classmates make her grandmother a garland of paper marigolds. Though the themes of family, community, celebrating your culture, and working together were clear, at times, I wasn't sure of the ultimate message of this book, largely due to the two poems at the beginning and end. They didn't really add to the story and felt a bit out of place, and ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The relationship between Priya and her grandmother is really at the center of this story. Priya's grandmother shares things (stories and ideas and traditions and food) about India with Priya, and Priya helps her grandmother feel more at home.

This is also about identity. Priya has never been to India and always asks her grandmother about it. The things she does with her grandmother are a connection to India; getting help from others at school in making a paper marigold chain to hang during winter
Jo Oehrlein
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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Love how Priya is inspired to help her grandmother through a cold winter by making paper marigolds and how her whole class joins in.

Kudos to the art teacher who leaves enough time for kids to try things on their own.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Lovely picture book of a young girl listening to her grandmother's memories of India, then sharing them at school so that her classmates join her in making paper flowers to cheer her grandmother. Cultural pride shines in this story.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book explaining India.
Words shared with meanings in the back
written for multiple levels
Lovely story and pictures. Great way to learn about the foods from around the world.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A young child discovers the connections between their family's roots in India and their life in the US. Based on the author's childhood.
Miss Sarah
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A preschool and up book about an American girl whose grandmothers descriptions of India make the country part of her everyday life.
A young Indian-American girl discovers and explores her Indian roots.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a gorgeous, gentle book. It feels like a masala scented hug for this first generation kid.
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Meenal Patel is an artist, designer, and author based in San Francisco, California. She is inspired by family, childhood wonder, strong women, textures in nature, and her Indian-American heritage. When she’s not making art, she loves reading to her nieces, cooking chana masala, eating ice cream, visiting her home state of Minnesota and being in the beautiful outdoor spaces of California.