What books teach children empathy?
What books teach them to stand up for themselves?
What books tackle issues that are not always easy to discuss?
From the author-illustrator duo of Mallika Thoppay and Kavitha Amarnath, comes a poignant and thought provoking picture book about resilience.
Sahana and her sister, Surabhi, move to a new city and start at a new school. They both have simple common dreams - they want to learn, make friends, and have fun. It happens easily for Surabhi. But not so for Sahana. She has to face many obstacles and is treated unfairly through no fault of her own.
Should it be like this? How will she rise above this unfairness ... ?
Recommended for anyone who wants to make a change..
8 years and up.
"This was such a heartwarming story! It’s simple and specific enough for children to understand colorism and realize how it affects them and their friends. The book is also important for adults. Ultimately “traditional” viewpoint like fairness of skin can be hard to see as harmful if it’s so ingrained in many cultures, but this story addresses how change has a positive impact." - Priyanka
"Beautifully written story on such a sensitive subject which exists not just in India but every corner of the world. The way you crafted the bias within and outside the family alike is illustrated very well. I like that you tried to bring this awareness among grade school kids. I also appreciated the role of a mom in trying to tactfully alleviate the conflicts that her child faces at school and at home, at the same time encouraging her to hone her strengths. I like the science angle of melanin and its importance! Well suited for adults and kids alike! Hope to see more stories from you on various subjects." - Suvarna
"This is beautiful. I couldn't stop reading it and the illustrations are lovely! So glad you are doing this - this is much needed topic in today's world and bringing awareness to it in a children friendly way helps root this from the foundation.You are planting the seeds. " - Vidya
"I enjoyed the book. Loved the title and the theme of color discrimination/preference is a valid point!" - Aria, 5th grade