The Boy & the Bindi

The Boy & the Bindi

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"A playful story...about a young boy's fascination with the dot on his mother's forehead"--Back cover.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC, Canada : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781551526683
1551526689
Branch Call Number: SHRAY
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Perera, Rajni 1985-- Illustrator
Alternative Title: Boy and the bindi

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forbesrachel Aug 30, 2017

In this rhyming picture book, a young boy decides to wear a colourful bindi between his brows just like his Ammi. He is fascinated by its beauty, and its relevance, once his mother explains why she puts it on. Like her, the boy finds that it calms him and opens his mind. It is a source of identity, and even cultural pride. Others may find it a curiosity, but to him, it is important. The most disappointing thing about this book is that the quality of the writing doesn't match the beauty of the idea. The rhyme is uninspired, and the lines seem to have been pieced together with little care for meter or formula; when read aloud, it sounds rather awkward. Shraya explains well, but doesn't express well. The illustrations on the other hand do a lot to raise the quality overall. Perera portrays both the everyday, and the more spiritual experience of the boy, pulling out all the stops in terms of colour for the latter. The bindi is such a little thing, but it is significant in the Hindu culture and others. More books like this are needed, both for the children who can benefit from seeing their own culture represented, and for the children who can benefit from learning about, and from, a culture that is not their own.

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