|Sugar in milk|
Author: Umrigar, Thrity N.
A young girl in modern times comes from India to live in America with her extended family. She feels so alone--like she's not wanted--and then remembers a story her mother once told her about a group of Persians who were ousted from their country and who sailed to the western shores of India in search of a new home. The young girl realizes that she, too, is being accepted by those in her neighborhood and that she can finally start feeling like a part of this new American society.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/15/20)
School Library Journal (+) (10/01/20)
The Hornbook (00/03/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2020 K-Gr 4—After immigrating to the United States, a young girl learns to embrace opportunities in this timely tale of courage and humanity. Set in an unnamed American city of today, a young girl moves in with her aunt and uncle. To cure the young girl's aching homesickness, Auntie relays the story of how ancient Persian refugees immigrated to India. After reaching India's shores, the local king turns them away from his already crowded country. Despite not sharing a common language, the Persian leader shows the king how both groups can live alongside one another in harmony, like sugar in milk. Stunningly portrayed through gorgeous visuals, these flashbacks distinguish themselves within deep blue page borders that become increasingly detailed as the story progresses, and which culminate into a dazzling pattern of peacock feathers and blooming florals as the Persians are welcomed to their new home. After hearing this story, the young girl sees her neighborhood through fresh eyes and discovers her new community is more welcoming than she first thought. Her own journey, which began alone under a cold winter sky, begins anew under the bright sun and a blossoming tree with unlimited potential for a sweet future. VERDICT Lush illustrations and a strong message of hope and perseverance make this a standout title for all collections.—Sophie Kenney, Aurora P.L., IL - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.