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A Gift for Amma

Market Day in India

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ISBN: 9781646860616

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ISBN: 9781646860630

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Written by Meera Sriram
Illustrated by Mariona Cabassa

In this critically-acclaimed book inspired by the author’s hometown of Chennai, India, a girl explores the vibrant rainbow of delights in a southern Indian street market as she searches for a gift for her amma (mother). Educational endnotes explain all the items on sale and introduce readers to markets around the world.


Key Selling Points:

  • BASED ON THE AUTHOR’S LIFE EXPERIENCES: Set in the author’s hometown of Chennai in Southern India and is based on her many visits to the local markets.
  • CULTURAL AWARENESS: Readers are immersed in a sensory experience of spices, sights and sounds as they learn about the foods, markets and customs of Southern India.
  • COLOR IDENTIFICATION: Each spread is saturated with a specific color and focuses on market wares of that hue.
  • EMPATHY: The girl must consider many options at the market and think about what her amma (mother) would most like as a gift.
  • EDUCATIONAL ENDNOTES: Endnotes provide information about the items for sale at the market and markets around the world. Also includes photos from the author’s visits to the market on which the story is based.

More Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.50 x 10.75 inches
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Age Range: Ages 4-9 years

Awards & Accolades

  • South Asia Book Award Winner for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, 2021
  • Foreword Indies Silver Award Winner, 2021
  • Cybil Award Nominee, 2021
  • Bank Street’s Best Children’s Book of the Year, 2021

★ “An excellent story for young readers to enhance their understanding of color and an aspect of traditional Indian culture” – School Library Journal, starred review

★ “A must-have for primary libraries seeking fresh material” – Foreword Reviews, starred review

“A beautiful exploration of color, a cultural touchstone, and an engaging read-aloud” – Booklist

“A culturally authentic journey” – Kirkus Reviews

“Sriram’s spare, lyrical text powers an engaging narrative brimming with sensory details that make every scene come alive” – Jama’s Alphabet Soup

About the Contributors

Written by - Meera Sriram
Meera Sriram grew up in India and moved to the U.S in 1999. An engineer in the past, she now enjoys writing, leading early literacy programs and advocating for diverse bookshelves. Meera is the author of The Yellow Suitcase and has also co-authored several books in India. She believes in the transformative power of stories and likes to write about people, places and experiences less visible in children's literature.
Illustrated by - Mariona Cabassa
Mariona Cabassa is a native of Catalonia, Spain, who has illustrated nearly 100 children’s books. She studied at art school in Barcelona, followed by further research in Strasbourg, France. Her many years of working as an illustrator, painter, installation maker, and tattoo artist reflect her fascination with form and her desire to explore different palettes. Mariona’s technique combines water-based paints, pencils, and a digital touch to create rich and vibrant illustrations.

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