The Boy & the Bindi
Author: Vivek Shraya
Last updated Thursday, May 9, 2019
Illustrator: Rajni Perera
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Grade Level: 1st (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2019
In this beautiful children’s picture book by Vivek Shraya, author of the acclaimed God Loves Hair, a five-year-old South Asian boy becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi, the red dot commonly worn by Hindu women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.
Beautifully illustrated by Rajni Perera, The Boy & the Bindi is a joyful celebration of gender and cultural difference.
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