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 Namaste is a greeting
 Author: Subramaniam, Suma

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 863066 ISBN: 9781536217834
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Mother-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Mindfulness (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Community life -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

A little girl expresses all the meanings of namaste to friends and neighbors as she walks through her community with her mother.

 Illustrator: Prabhat, Sandhya

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   Kirkus Reviews (11/15/22)
   School Library Journal (09/30/22)
   Booklist (09/15/22)

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School Library Journal - 09/30/2022 K-Gr 3—A young girl spends the day walking her neighborhood, greeting people with "Namaste" while explaining its various meanings. "Namaste is loving the world," and "Namaste is saying you matter." After returning home, she accidentally breaks the pot her new flower is in and uses "Namaste" to express her emotions about it. The story ends with her giving the repotted flower to a neighbor, because "Namaste is the divine in me honoring the divine in you." The acrylic drawings of her home and neighborhood are rich in detail, from the sidewalk to the textures of the curtains in the windows. The neighborhood is full of people of varied nationalities and abilities. On a few pages the text is the primary focus, with the girl shown as smaller when she feels sad. The journey through her day and to the awareness that her neighbor is lonely, and her subsequent gesture of friendship, show the larger concept behind the titular phrase. VERDICT A great purchase with a simple path to showing children how a word can be a way of living, a greeting, and a blessing, all at once.—Tamara Saarinen - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 09/15/2022 Many Americans are familiar with the word namaste as a gesture of closure at the end of a yoga practice. It is, in fact, a greeting known and used by millions of people in India and the diaspora. Namaste, as the title asserts, is a greeting in the Hindi language that is offered along with the gesture of placing the palms together and bowing the head slightly. In this beautifully illustrated book, we learn of the many ways namaste can be sung, uttered, whispered, or thought. The text is sparse, offering ways of thinking about the concept of namaste in different situations: as a word of comfort, or one that comes along with the giving of a gift. Meanwhile, the illustrations tell a subtle side story of selflessness and kindness. Ultimately, the book’s message about namaste is one of recognizing everyone’s humanity. Creative teachers might use this as a mentor text to encourage writing or storytelling about other culturally grounded greetings. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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