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Friday, May 23, 2014

King for a Day

King for a Day
by Rukhsana Khan; illus. by Christiane Kromer
32 pares; ages 6-10
Lee & Low, 2014

Themes: diversity; family; bullying

"Basant is the most exciting day of the year!" It's a holiday filled with feasts and music and parties celebrating the arrival of spring. And many of those people will climb to the rooftops of Lahore [Pakistan]  to participate in kite-flying battles.

This is the day Malik will fly his kite, Falcon. He will send Falcon into the sky to battle with the kite of the bully next door - the bully who throws stones at his sister and calls names. The bully's kite is huge, but Malik is sure his small, swift Falcon can win the day.

What I like about this book: The artwork is amazing - collages that incorporate lace and fabric and papers. The illustrations draw upon the folk art designs of Pakistan - and the kites are so bright I just want to make one myself. I like the kite battles, and the peek into a traditional celebration that embraces sky and skill.

Beyond the book: It's never too late to make a kite. The bold illustrations may inspire some kite designs - or if not, check out these photos of kites kids made for Basant. You'll find a video of the kite festival here (it's rather long-ish - 8 minutes).

Turn a shopping bag into a kite - just follow these step-by-step directions. Then head out to a park or field and go fly a kite! All you need is a nice day and a bit of a breeze.

 Today's review is part of PPBF (perfect picture book Friday), an event in which bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. She keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. Review copy provided by publisher.

8 comments:

  1. This is truly a great book. The illustrations alone make me return again and again. I love the paper bag kite - who knew? Thanks.

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    1. this one you can make with those ubiquitous plastic shopping bags.... and save the brown paper bags for book covers.

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  2. One of my favorite picture books this year. I love Rukhsana's work -- she's such a storyteller. The illustrations are gorgeous!

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  3. I want to peek in this book and see those lovely kites. Sounds great!

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  4. I love the sound of this one! I'll be checking it out! Thanks!

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  5. Ooh, I've reviewed Rukhsana's other books and didn't realize she had another one out. I've reviewed other kite flying books and want to read and compare!

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  6. This book looks and sounds wonderful, Sue! I will have to rustle it up immediately! Thanks so much for sharing it and adding it to our list!

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  7. Thanks for the review. I have her Red Lollipop book autographed. She's a fantastic storyteller!

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