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Bringing Asha Home

By Uma Krishnaswami
Illustrated by Jamel Akib
2006, 29 pages, Hardback.
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IT'S RAKHI, the Hindu holiday special to brothers and sisters, and Arun wishes he had a sister with whom to celebrate. Soon it looks as if his wish will come true. His parents are going to adopt a baby girl named Asha. She is coming all the way from India, where Arun's dad was born.

The family prepares for Asha's arrival, not knowing it will be almost a year until they receive governmental approval to bring Asha home. Arun is impatient and struggles to accept the long delay, but as time passes he finds his own special ways to build a bond with his sister, who is still halfway around the world.

With warmth and honesty, this tender story taps into the feelings of longing, love, and joy that adoption brings to many families. Readers will find reassurance knowing there is more than one way to become part of a loving family.

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Background on the Author and Illustrator

UMA KRISHNASWAMI is the author of several books for young readers, including The Happiest Tree, a CCBC "Choices" selection published by Lee & Low Books, and Monsoon, a Parents' Choice Recommended book. The inspiration for Bringing Asha Home came from an event at which Krishnaswami met families who had adopted children from India. She and her husband live in Aztec, New Mexico. They have one son.

JAMEL AKIB is the illustrator of Krishnaswami's Monsoon, for which he won the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for Illustration. His award-winning work has also appeared in numerous museum and gallery shows in England, including several Best of British Illustration exhibitions. A full-time illustrator of English and Malaysian ancestry, Akib now lives with his family in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England.

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