|Young Priya and her family live in a house in a small city in the United States. It’s the only house on the street with an Indian family. As Priya’s Ba (grandmother) is cooking dinner, Priya asks, “What is India like?” Ba, in her colorful sari, describes special spices, beautiful fabrics, architecture, monsoons, strings of marigolds, and more. At school the next day, Priya tells about India and makes paper marigolds. Her classmates join her and make a long garland of marigolds for Priya’s Ba. “Sharing India with others is the best way to carry it with you.” The vibrant illustrations give readers a look into Indian life. Back matter includes information on meanings, definitions, and pronunciations. An author’s note provides even more information. mjw|
|Title: Priya Dreams Of Marigolds And Masala
Author: Meenal Patel
Illustrator: Meenal Patel
Publisher: Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc. Edina, MN. USA
Original Language: English
Hardcover pages: 36
Age range: 4-8
Genre: Picture Book
Book setting: U.S.
Author’s ethnicity: Born in the U.S.. Family from Gujarat, India
Author’s residence: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity: Born in the U.S.. Family from Gujarat, India
Illustrator’s residence: U.S.
Awards: 2020 South Asia Book Award. Grade K-2
Subjects: Asia, Flowers, Grandmothers, Multigenerational family life, Tradition