By Supriya Kelkar (Author), Parvati Pillai (Illustrator)
This charming picture book is about a little girl who loves her bindis (and the many creative shapes they come in!). The bindis are also a connection to her Nani who lives in India. When Nani comes to visit Bindu and brings the bindis to her, it is just in time to wear something new to the school talent show. Bindu and Nani work together to shine their brightest and embrace their sparkle, even when they stand out from the crowd.
PRAISE“From beginning to end, Pillai has created rich, colorful cartoon-style illustrations with intricate details that give a nod to classical Indian artwork…. This #OwnVoices entry offers solutions as well as a healthy dose of joy.”—School Library Journal
"Pillai utilizes vibrant colors and wide-eyed, smiling faces to sustain the optimism of this sweet story of a little girl who just wants to be herself."—Booklist
"Bindu is a delightful protagonist whose emotional ups and downs are both familiar-feeling and fun to read about. . . . the ending is both realistic and uplifting, tying together a storyline that strikes an expert balance between drama and humor. A beautiful intergenerational tale about the importance of embracing the parts of ourselves that others may find strange."—Kirkus
“...narrative effectively highlights the way a warm grandparent-child relationship can keep culture alive.” — Publishers Weekly
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Born and raised in the Midwest, Supriya learned Hindi as a child by watching three Hindi movies a week. Supriya is a screenwriter who has worked on the writing teams for several Hindi films and one Hollywood feature. Her books include The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh (Sterling, 2019), American as Paneer Pie (Aladdin, 2020), The Sandalwood Pyre (Tu Books, 2020), and Ahimsa (Tu Books, 2017).
Illustrator Parvati Pillai lives in Finland.