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"A fresh, contemporary telling of an ancient tradition in a modern context... This colorful, cheerful book will easily find its home among similar books about school, celebrations, and sharing traditions." -- Booklist

Praise for When I Carried You in My Belly by Thrity Umrigar:

"Umrigar's story celebrates a mother's love, her daughter's individuality, and the contributions of extended family." -- Publishers Weekly

"Will strike a chord with both new mothers and children, who love to hear about their beginnings. The ending spreads tug heartstrings." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani:

"Chanani masterfully turns the complex immigrant narrative into a magical and captivating work of art." -- The New York Times

* "This dazzling blend of realistic fiction and fantasy is perfect for fans of characters who have to overcome obstacles on their way to growing up." -- School Library Journal, starred review



"A fresh, contemporary telling of an ancient tradition in a modern context... This colorful, cheerful book will easily find its home among similar books about school, celebrations, and sharing traditions." -- Booklist

Praise for When I Carried You in My Belly by Thrity Umrigar:

"Umrigar's story celebrates a mother's love, her daughter's individuality, and the contributions of extended family." -- Publishers Weekly

"Will strike a chord with both new mothers and children, who love to hear about their beginnings. The ending spreads tug heartstrings." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani:

"Chanani masterfully turns the complex immigrant narrative into a magical and captivating work of art." -- The New York Times

* "This dazzling blend of realistic fiction and fantasy is perfect for fans of characters who have to overcome obstacles on their way to growing up." -- School Library Journal, starred review

About the Author

Thrity Umrigar loves cats and puppies and kids and sparklers and starry nights and ice cream and summer vacations and festivals. When she is not eating ice cream and playing with cats and dogs, she daydreams and writes award-winning books for adults and kids, including the picture books When I Carried You in My Belly and Sugar in Milk. Thrity lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and treasures the letters she receives from young readers. You can find her at umrigar.com.
Nidhi Chanani likes to dream kind and creative dreams. She’s the author of the graphic novel
Pashmina and the bilingual board book Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend, as well as the illustrator of the picture book I Will Be Fierce. Nidhi draws and dreams in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, child, and cat. Find more of her work at everydayloveart.com.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Press (September 1, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1338364480
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1338364484
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD720L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.04 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.39 x 0.39 x 10.28 inches
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 231 ratings

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Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. She is the owner of Everyday Love Art. Born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California, Nidhi creates because it makes her happy – with the hope that it can make others happy, too. In April of 2012 she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change.

Her debut graphic novel, Pashmina (First Second/Macmillan), released in fall 2017. It received starred reviews in the School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and was reviewed in the New York Times. Pashmina was a Junior Library Guild selection, Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017, Texas Maverick Graphic Novel 2017, Northern California Indie Bookseller Association Long-List Title and a YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. In March of 2019, the film adaptation of Pashmina with Netflix was announced. Gurinder Chadha (Bend it like Beckham, Blinded by the Light) is set to direct.

Her second original graphic novel, Jukebox, released in June 2021 with a starred review in Booklist and glowing reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.

In 2018, Jasmine’s New Pet, which she wrote and drew released through Dark Horse Comics. Her bilingual board book, Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend released in 2019. Her debut picture book, written by Bea Birdsong, I will be fierce, released in April 2019. Her next picture book, Binny’s Diwali, written by Thrity Umrigar, released in September 2020. Kong and Me, written by Kiki Thorpe released in March 2021. Her author/illustrator debut What will my story be? releases in November 2021. She is currently working on her next original graphic novel, Super Boba Cafe as well as unannounced picture books and graphic novels. She is an instructor in the Master of Fine Arts, Comics program at the California College of Arts.

Her media appearances include CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and BBC Radio. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, the Women’s March, My Modern Met, Bored Panda and India Times. Nidhi has worked with Disney, ABC, Airbnb, Sony, Microsoft, State Farm Insurance and a variety of other clients. Her non-fiction comics have appeared in the Nib. Everyday Love Art products are sold in retail shops across the country, including the San Francisco International Airport, Books Inc., and Therapy stores.

Nidhi draws and dreams every day with her husband, daughter and their cat in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Nishi Shah
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story and great illistrations
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is an excellent piece of work for kids.
Reviewed in India on March 22, 2021