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Home Is in Between
By (author): Mitali Perkins Illustrated by: Lavanya Naidu
9780374303679 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 6 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration Feb 23, 2021 Print Run: 35000
$25.99 CAD
Active 8.73 x 11.19 x 0.39 in | 430 gr 40 pages Farrar Straus & Giroux Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

In the timely yet timeless picture bookHome Is in Between, critically acclaimed author Mitali Perkins and illustrator Lavanya Naidu describe the experience of navigating multiple cultures and embracing the complex but beautiful home in between.

Shanti misses the warm monsoon rains in India. Now in America, she watches fall leaves fly past her feet.

Still, her family’s apartment feels like a village: Mama cookingluchi, funny stories in Bangla, and Baba’s big laugh. But outside, everything is different – trick-or-treating, ballet class, and English books.

Back and forth, Shanti trudges between her two worlds. She remembers her village and learns her new town. She watches Bollywood movies at home and Hollywood movies with her friends. She is Indian. She is also American. How should she define home?

Mitali Perkinshas written several books for young readers, includingBetween Us and Abuela, Forward Me Back to You,You Bring the Distant Near(a National Book Award Nominee, a Walter Honor Book, a South Asia Book Award Winner, aPublishers WeeklyBest Book of the Year, and aShelf Awareness2017 Best Book of the Year),Rickshaw Girl(a NYPL Top 100 Book), andBamboo People (an ALA Top 10 YA novel). Mitali was born in India and currently resides in Northern California.

Lavanya Naidu is an animator and illustrator from Kolkata. A graduate of the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), she has worked with Google, Amazon, Cartoon Network, Godrej and several Indian publishing houses.

A Junior Library Guild Selection!

"Perkins explores a child’s experience of immigration in a sweet and child-friendly story presented in a beautifully illustrated package . . . This book can serve as either a validating mirror or an illuminating window. A warm read-aloud, it is a must-purchase for all ­picture book collections." —School Library Journal,starred review

"Animation-style characters by Naidu (Susie Will Not Speak) reflect emotion clearly, while straightforward writing by Perkins (Between Us and Abuela) shows how Shanti learns to appreciate aspects of her new life while keeping people and elements from her old one close to her heart." —Publishers Weekly,starred review

"Reflecting the experiences of Perkins and many other immigrant children, this heartfelt picture book records the push/pull of remembering the old ways while learning the new ones . . . By shining a light on one girl’s story, this vibrant picture book illuminates the experience of many immigrant children." —Booklist,starred review

"National Book Award finalist Perkins’ picture book depicts a tale of immigration and adaptation . . . Kolkata-born, Australia-based Naidu’s illustrations are light and full of motion, reinforcing both the book’s tone and its content. Shanti’s expressions, including wonder, frustration, and exhaustion, are particularly emotive.The book will appeal particularly to children and families navigating this space between cultures." —Kirkus Reviews

"The book compactly conveys the pressure of juggling and code-switching even if there’s joy to be had in both cultures. There’s a bit of a Dora the Explorer vibe to the cartoonish digital illustrations, which will appeal to viewers, and there are plenty of observant and humorous details; audiences will want to look out for Shanti’s beloved toy blue elephant, who appears alongside her in most scenes." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

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