- File Size: 26954 KB
- Print Length: 143 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 9389648114
- Publisher: Red Panda (June 29, 2020)
- Publication Date: June 29, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B088NKH9M2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Why is My Hair Curly? Kindle Edition
|Length: 143 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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About the Author
Lakshmi Iyer is a banking professional in her day job. She slaves over her writing at night when her children are in bed.
An MBA graduate from LeBow College of Business and an alumna of the Yale Writer’s Workshop, she writes creative non-fiction primarily, on her personal website www.lgiyer.com. She hopes to publish a memoir of her adoption journey some day.
When Lakshmi is not working or writing, she enjoys cooking and watching random food videos on YouTube.
She lives with her husband and her three daughters (two adopted and one biological) near Philadelphia, in the US.
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I teared up a little when the paati revelation happened. Honestly, I didn't see that coming. I had a filmy twist on mind and that Saraswati paati would turn out to be her biological paati :-) but that's what was good about the book. Unlike every other Desi author book, this wasn't filmy. The conversations, the setting, the morning madness - everything was real.
Avantika is so mature for her age. We have many things in common except that maturity - Diary writing, our hatred for brinjal, being bookworms (especially her love for ACK books!) Avni is still young but I really hope the author writes a book from his POV as well some day. I would love to read about his love for cricket and CSK.
The book was also a trip down memory lane for me. The excitement around book days, when we got to meet friends after the summer break, buying new books, meeting our teachers for the next academic year, it all came flooding to me! If that wasn't enough, I simply loved the Tamil endearments - kannu, kannamma, chellam, pattamma ❤️ I haven't read a book with all of these words ever before!
In short, I loved it. Go grab your copy!
I loved this book. From the illustrations to Avantika’s train ride to the nuanced way Lakshmi deals with adoption and self-esteem, I loved it all. I read it in one sitting at a time when I have been unable to read much at all. That should tell you a lot.
We need more books like this in the US. Honest, unfiltered diverse kid lit that doesn’t pander to a white audience. Yet, the story remains intensely relatable even to that audience. The location may be foreign, but the experiences and emotions are not.
Ultimately, Why is My Hair Curly? is a story of belonging. I wish I had a book like this at Avantika’s age. It’s tough when you don’t look like everyone else, when you feel out of sync with the rest of your family or friends. I think it’s particularly powerful that Avantika starts out hating her hair but grows to love it by the end.
The stranger danger theme is a bit of a stumbling point for me. While we are all taught not to talk to strangers, most often it’s those closest to us, relatives and friends, who do the most harm.
I hope we see more of the family. Maybe Avinash next time.
Thanks again Lakshmi for such a beautiful children’s book. Bought it in Kindle and just finished reading it and now I will pass it on to my daughter. I always knew that you will be an amazing writer, and I am so happy to see your dreams come true. I can’t wait to read more from you.
I just loved the use of Indian words like Shatabdi express vadaam, muruku! It was like I was reliving my summer vacation!
I loved the main character and the way she expresses her feelings through her diary. I don't want to reveal too much about the book as I think everyone should read it!
What beautiful illustrations too!
Thoroughly enjoyed it and finished it in one sitting! My daughter is reading it now :)
Please write more Lakshmi! You are gifted!!
Above all, the underlying theme of the story and the clarity at the end was a breathe of fresh air. Certainly want to avoid the spoilers :)
A refreshing and delightful read!