Friday, November 11, 2016

The boy & the bindi

The boy & the bindi 
by Vivek Shraya 
illus. by Rajni Perera
Language: English 
Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1551526689 ; 9781551526683 
Summary: 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. Beautifully illustrated by Rajni Perera, The Boy & the Bindi is a joyful celebration of gender and cultural difference. 

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