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Bringing Asha Home Spiral-Bound | April 1, 2015

Uma Krishnaswami, Jamel Akib (Illustrated by)

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A biracial Asian Indian American boy finds his own special way to bond with his sister while the family awaits her adoption from India.

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A biracial Asian Indian American boy finds his own special way to bond with his sister while the family awaits her adoption from India.

It's Rakhi, the Hindu holiday special to brothers and sisters, and Arun wishes he had a sister with whom to celebrate. Soon it looks as if his wish will come true. His parents are going to adopt a baby girl named Asha. She is coming all the way from India, where Arun's dad was born.

The family prepares for Asha's arrival, not knowing it will be almost a year until they receive governmental approval to bring Asha home. Arun is impatient and struggles to accept the long delay, but as time passes he finds his own special ways to build a bond with his sister, who is still halfway around the world.

With warmth and honesty, this tender story taps into the feelings of longing, love and joy that adoption brings to many families. Readers will find reassurance knowing there is more than one way to become part of a loving family.

Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Original Binding: Paperback Picture Book
Pages: 32 pages
ISBN-10: 1620142252
Item Weight: 0.2 lbs
Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches

"Appealing illustrations and warm, clear text make this story of a biracial family -- Arun's mother is white and his father is Indian -- and international adoption a good choice for any collection." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Filled with tender details, the story opens and closes on the Hindu holiday Rakhi, a day when siblings honor each other. . . Arun's tale presents an authentic slice of East Indian American life and provides a fresh perspective in adoption stories." -- Booklist

Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Uma Krishnaswami was born in India and now lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her novel, Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh, won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Uma has been nominated twice for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She teaches in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit her online at umakrishnaswami.com.