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About Shoumi Sen
Created by Shoumi Sen and woven in poetry and color, ‘From The Toddler Diaries’ is a series of children's books on Indian culture & mythology.
Shoumi is a Strategy, Sales and Marketing professional at a leading global energy management company and currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter. Her childhood in Paris, Bombay and Dubai provided her with opportunities to appreciate how Indians preserve their cultural connectedness even while living abroad.
In the words of Maria Adcock, founder of BiculturalMama.com, "Passing down heritage from one generation to the next is a natural desire for parents. This may prove more challenging if the dominant environment which children are immersed in differs from the culture the parent seeks to promote. One traditional way parents have passed down their heritage is through story telling.
Shoumi Sen, a mother of Asian Indian descent, decided to write her own stories to teach her daughter about her culture. She created “From The Toddler Diaries” which started as a collection of poems she wrote for her daughter and shared with other children. Inspired by interest from kids and encouraged by their parents, she decided to publish the collection."
Her widely acclaimed books ‘Celebrate Durga Puja With Me!’ and 'Celebrate Holi With Me!' portray the culture and celebrations of Indian festivals as experienced by little Riya and have provided inspiration to other authors. ‘I am happy that this could mean more literature available to our kids in an environment where diverse books are still hard to come by.’
To learn more, visit her website: www.shoumisen.com
A charming and informative book. A great way to introduce children to the culture. ~ Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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 least one Durga Pujo in my life… ~ Indian Moms Connect
Any child will certainly react with awe to the colorful street lights, the brightly-painted statues, and, of course, the dancing! This would also be a great addition to classrooms looking to celebrate diverse 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 awareness of the world around them. ~ Maria Adcock, Bicultural Mama
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‘From The Toddler Diaries’ is a series of illustrated books which celebrates the spectrum of Indian festivals as experienced by a child. Presented in poetry and color, the books are designed to drape parents and children in vivid hues of India’s cultural fabric. The inspiration behind this collection comes from an appreciation of a child’s clarity in perception, which becomes magical because of its simplicity.
Other books in this series - Celebrate Durga Puja With Me! & Celebrate Holi With Me!
Shoumi Sen’s "Celebrate With Me" books are always a delight and the "Celebrate Onam with Me!" book is a lovely addition to the series...we feel drawn into the festival, the joy, the colors, and the celebrations with Riya and Unni. The book is true to how Onam is celebrated by people from Kerala all over the world...we get drawn into the joy of the 10 day festival of prosperity, community, and happiness! King Mahabali would approve! ~ Preethi Chandrasekhar, Founder of Toka Box
‘Celebrate Durga Puja With Me!' is part of the series 'From The Toddler Diaries' and celebrates Durga Puja as experienced by 3 year old Riya. This artful portrayal of the '5 Days of Pujo' appeals to young and old alike. Shashti, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Bijoya Dashami - the cultural colors have a pronounced Bengali connection, but are universal to Durga Puja celebrations the world over. Woven in poetry and color, it is easy to read and has been enthusiastically endorsed by children and their parents. Also check out 'Celebrate Holi With Me!', which is part of the same series.
A charming and informative book. A great way to introduce children to the culture.
~ Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Award winning author of ‘The Mistress of Spices’ and ‘Before We Visit the Goddess’
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 least one Durga Pujo in my life…