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Finders Keepers? (India Unveiled Childrens Series, 1) Hardcover – October 15, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4--The author of India Unveiled (Atman, 1996), a travelogue for adults, tries to distill his experiences into a book for children. In the midst of lovely illustrations, tantalizing travel morsels, and modest moralizing, Arnett includes a brief anecdote about losing his wallet and having it returned to him by a small boy who wanted no reward. An explanation of dharma follows: "Do what you ought to do, not what you want to do." In closure, the author provides a glossary called "Jog Your Memory," a pronunciation guide called "Oh, See Can You Say," and a two-question list called "Food for Thought." The index has entries such as, "wallet, I lost and was returned to me" along with page numbers. Sumptuous jewel-toned paintings with Indian motifs and folk-art simplicity engage readers while the text hops from thought to thought. The challenge is to find those children who can glean all that this title has to offer without being distracted by its good intentions.--Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
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Finders Keepers? is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book has been honored by this distinguished award. --Mom's Choice Awards<br /><br />Finders Keepers? took my breath away with its vibrant illustrations and gentle, loving observations of life in India...a book that enriches our minds and hearts while presenting a message that is urgently needed in today s world. --Marian Tompson, Co-founder, La Leche League International<br /><br />Gorgeous illustrations and global message...a wonderful book...teaches multicultural respect, character education skills, self-esteem, tolerance, and cultural awareness...students wanted me to read it again immediately after I finished. --Learning (R) Magazine Teacher Evaluators
Gorgeous illustrations and global message...a wonderful book...teaches multicultural respect, character education skills, self-esteem, tolerance, and cultural awareness...students wanted me to read it again immediately after I finished. --Learning (R) Magazine Teacher Evaluators
Finders Keepers? took my breath away with its vibrant illustrations and gentle, loving observations of life in India...a book that enriches our minds and hearts while presenting a message that is urgently needed in today s world. --Marian Tompson, Co-founder, La Leche League International
Top customer reviews
Arnett, an award winning American author and speaker used his background knowledge of India to create a special retelling of an episode that occurred while he lived in India. The setting begins on a lively bus ride to Mt. Abu in Rajasthan, India's largest state which is located in the northwest part of the country.
Turakhia's realistic illustrations and Arnett's choice of words allows the reader to capture the essence of what Arnett experienced. A young boy refused to accept monetary compensation for doing the right thing. Turakhia used her own childhood memories to make her vibrant drawings bounce off each page.
Primary and middle school teachers can use this book to explore a multitude of topics:
The relationship between a book's title and its meaning
The effect of authentic illustrations on the content of the book
Cultural awareness- tolerance of others
Traveling in India
Indian customs- actions, words, traditions, clothing, and foods
Common aspects of two beliefs- Christianity and Hinduism
Dharma- a Hindu belief that one does the right thing regardless of the circumstance
Parents can also use this book to expose their children to multicultural diversity and an important lesson. I borrowed the book from the library and was so impressed that I bought it from Amazon the next day.
The narrative opens with the author riding on a crowded bus over a bumpy road to Mt. Abu, located near the northwest coast of India. Men, boys, and luggage are piled on top of the bus, because it's filled to capacity with families. Inside, the passengers are so friendly--even sharing food and passing around babies to strangers--that they quickly become like one big, traveling family. The author is surprised to see that when a man takes off his turban, on top of his head sets a bag lunch. From a walled fort to roosting bats in trees, the journey is interesting, indeed.
The main plot point occurs when an Indian boy taps on Arnett's elbow to get his attention, then holds out the wallet he lost while shopping. As many Americans would do, Arnett opens his wallet, withdraws some cash, and offers it to the boy as a reward for his honesty. This is when the boy delivers his second surprise: he refuses the reward. Thinking the boy must not understand his intentions, Arnett finds someone to translate. But the result is that the lad simply doesn't understand why he should be rewarded for honesty--for doing the right thing--and again, he declines the money.
This presents an opportunity for parents, educators, and other adults to have a meaningful discussion with children on what makes good character. At the end of the book is a short section called, "Food For Thought," which presents good conversation starters. In addition, there are facts about India.
I appreciate that the author provides the definition and pronunciation to each Indian word used, right within the text. I equally appreciate the maps drawn by the illustrator.
Author Robert Arnett is an internationally acclaimed author. Finders Keepers? is the winner of multiple book awards, including Mom's Choice Best Educational Picture Book, and it was one of the Independent Publisher Outstanding Books of the Year.
Illustrator Smita Turakhia has enhanced the book with beautiful paintings for each page. Her attention to authentic detail and use of brilliant color adds to the educational value and interest. Each page is a visual delight.
Personally, I would love to see the author have fun with interesting action verbs. For example, instead of "going up" the path, maybe he climbed or trudged or wandered. I also couldn't help but notice the excessive number of helping verbs that could have been eliminated to tighten up the writing. Nevertheless, this does not hinder the value of the story.
Finders Keepers? is also available in Spanish. Because of the international theme of the book, the Spanish edition would make a good gift for those in Spanish-speaking countries as well as the United States.
Young children will enjoy having this book read to them, while older ones will like reading it for themselves. Even though it is a picture book, adults may find it enjoyable as well.
The book tells the true story of an experience the author had while traveling through India. He had just bought some postcards when a young Indian boy tapped him on the elbow and held out Arnett's wallet, which the boy had picked up when the author accidentally dropped it. The man thanked him and offered him a reward, but the boy refused to take any money, insisting that he should not be rewarded just for doing the right thing.
I'm in LOVE with the brightly colored illustrations by Indian-born Smita Turakhia, who said she was inspired by memories of the place where she spent her childhood. In fact, even the youngest kids enjoy looking at the pictures, so I skip some of the more technical stuff when I read it to them.
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