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 Awesome orange birthday (Party Diaries)
 Author: Ruths, Mitali Banerjee

 Publisher:  Branches (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 71 p., col. ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 773608 ISBN: 9781338799620
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Parties -- Fiction
 Birthdays -- Fiction
 East Indian Americans -- Fiction

Price: $4.91

Priya Chakraborty plans a birthday party for her first client, Layla Aunty, personalizing everything from the invitations to the menu in Aunty's favorite color, but as party-time finally arrives, Priya is nervous something will go wrong.

 Illustrator: Jaleel, Aaliya
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 518124

   Booklist (01/01/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2023 A young entrepreneur chronicles her burgeoning party-planning venture in this upbeat early chapter book series opener. Priya’s guiding principles include “making people happy and helping animals.” Her first client, Layla Aunty (Priya’s mom’s best pal), offers an excellent opportunity to attain both goals. The thoughtful, eco-friendly girl organizes a bespoke birthday bash complete with pumpkin-filled samosas, decorations handmade from recycled paper, and an invitation to contribute a donation to save endangered quokkas. Priya’s infectious enthusiasm shines through the diary format of this book, as does her relatable anxiety when unexpected surprises inevitably arise. Jaleel’s full-color, eye-catching digital cartoons feature illustrated to-do lists, a neighborhood map, and washi-taped, annotated photographs. Definitions are woven seamlessly into the conversational text: “Now that I have my own business, I want to be professional. That means I have to figure out what I need to do. Then I have to get it done.” DIY instructions for making a paper-chain curtain are included, along with discussion questions. This series opener gets an enjoyable party started for beginning readers. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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