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Finders Keepers? (India Unveiled Childrens Series, 1) Hardcover – October 15, 2003

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: AD930L (What's this?)
  • Series: India Unveiled Children's Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Atman Press; 1st edition (October 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965290026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965290029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is about a man who's on vacation to India. I learned many interesting things about India from it.
For example, I learned that a toran is something that is hung over a doorway to welcome God and guests. Torans are made of fresh flowers and leaves. Torans can be seen all across the country.
One thing I learned is that to say "hello" or "goodbye," it is called namaste. And how you do it is to get your hands together like you're praying and bow your head.
I also learned that there are a lot of bats in India that like to hang in the daylight in trees.
In the story, the man drops his wallet and a little boy finds it and gives it to him. And then the man tries to reward him with money. But the boy didn't want the money. So the man asks a man who knows English and the boy's language to ask the boy why he doesn't want the money. The man tells him that the boy doesn't understand why he should be rewarded for giving him his wallet.
They have great pictures in this book.
I think other people should read it too.(...)
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Being Hindu and of Indian origin, I found this book especially appealing because it brings out the beauty of India and its primary philosophy of "Dharma", which is about doing the right thing. If my children learn nothing else, I want them to learn their virtues. So, if you're looking for a simple yet powerful way to express to your young children the high value of loving and respecting one another and doing the right thing, then this is the book for you!
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"Finders Keepers?" by Robert Arnett has been honored with the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award of the Publishers Marketing Association for Best Multicultural Book of the Year, the Independent Publisher Outstanding Book of the Year, and the Seal of Approval of the National Parenting Center. This book is better for school-age children, as it really provides a geography lesson, a study in ethics and a brief insight into Indian culture.

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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Finders Keepers? A True Story in India is stunning, not only in its depiction of Indian culture, but also in the thoughtful message that it conveys. It is one of the few children's books that I've read that deserves numerous awards.

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
Vocabulary words
Geography
Traveling in India
Hinduism
Jains
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
Brotherhood

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.
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This is a very good book. In the story a boy finds the author's wallet and gives it back instead of keeping it and he doesen't accept a reward. He says,"I don't need a reward for doing the right thing."
The story plot is really good. The illustrations are good too.
You should read this book because you will learn a lot about customs in India and values of being a good person.
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I got this book as a gift. As an Indian-American it helped me learn more about my culture. I took this book to school for "show and share". All my friends and teachers enjoyed the stories and the nice pictures. Especially the picture with differnt kids holding hands around the world. my teachers also liked that theme. Thank you.
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This is a great storybook and I like the pictures. The bus picture is the best picture and it would be fun to ride on top of a bus. I think other children should read this book too.
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