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Celebrate Durga Puja With Me! (From The Toddler Diaries) Paperback – November 18, 2015
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A charming and informative book. A great way to introduce children to the culture. ~ Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, award winning author of 'Sister of My Heart' and 'Before We Visit the Goddess'
I laud mothers like Shoumi Sen who narrate the tales of their favorite goddesses and gods to their little ones bringing alive the joys and celebrations of India. ~ India Currents Magazine
When I read Shoumi Sen's Celebrate Durga Puja With Me, brilliantly illustrated by Abira Das, I must admit that I want to witness at leastone Durga Pujo in my life... ~ Indian Moms Connect
Any child will certainly react with awe to the colorful streetlights, the brightly-painted statues, and, of course, the dancing! Thiswould also be a great addition to classrooms looking to celebratediverse holidays from around the world. ~ The Logonauts
The book "Celebrate Durga Puja With Me!" present(s) a story that helps children develop into global citizens though cultural awarenessof the world around them. ~ Maria Adcock, Bicultural Mama
About the Author
Created by Shoumi Sen and woven in poetry and color, 'From TheToddler Diaries' is a series of children's books on Indian culture & mythology.
Shoumi is a Strategy, Sales and Marketingprofessional at a leading global energy management company and currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and 3 year olddaughter. Her childhood in Paris, Bombay and Dubai provided her withopportunities to appreciate how Indians preserve their culturalconnectedness even while living abroad.
In the words of MariaAdcock, founder of BiculturalMama.com - "Passing down heritage from onegeneration to the next is a natural desire for parents. This may provemore challenging if the dominant environment which children are immersed in differs from the culture the parent seeks to promote. Onetraditional way parents have passed down their heritage is through story telling.
Shoumi Sen, a mother of Asian Indian descent, decidedto write her own stories to teach her daughter about her culture. Shecreated "From The Toddler Diaries" which started as a collection ofpoems she wrote for her daughter and shared with other children.Inspired by interest from kids and encouraged by their parents, shedecided to publish the collection."
Her widely acclaimed book 'Celebrate Durga Puja With Me!' portrays the culture and celebration ofDurga Puja as experienced by 3 year old Riya. The book has a pronouncedBengali connection, but is universal to Durga Puja celebrations acrossseveral communities.This is her first published book and has provided inspiration for other authors. 'I am happy that this couldmean more literature available to our kids in an environment wherediverse books are still hard to come by.'
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