Namaste!

Namaste!

by Diana Cohn, Amy Cordova
     
 

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Nima Sherpa lives in Nepal at the top of the world, where the tallest mountain on earth, Chomolongma—the mountain we call Everest—towers above the clouds. Nima has promised her father, a mountain guide, that she will find a way to help make the world a better place.

Every day, on the long walk to the market village where she goes to school, Nima meets

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Nima Sherpa lives in Nepal at the top of the world, where the tallest mountain on earth, Chomolongma—the mountain we call Everest—towers above the clouds. Nima has promised her father, a mountain guide, that she will find a way to help make the world a better place.

Every day, on the long walk to the market village where she goes to school, Nima meets porters and caravans carrying their goods to market, travelers trekking to their next lodge, and monks on their way to their monastery. After school, she meets her friend Tenzing, an old Tibetan trader, who shares some honey with her at the market place.

Whenever Nima sees someone, she brings her hands together with her fingers almost touching her chin, bows her head slightly, and says "Namaste"—the light in me meets the light in you. Her mother tells her, "When you say 'Namaste,' try to see the special spark of light that shines within every person's heart."

In Namaste! Nima learns that she brightens the day for friends and strangers alike when she shares her sweetness and light, every time she says "Namaste."

Woven into this simple, gentle story about recognizing and honoring the sacred in one another are delightful details of daily life in Nepal.

Namaste! is lusciously illustrated by artist Amy Cordóva, with a glossary of terms at the end of the book, and an informative afterword by Ang Rita Sherpa of The Mountain Institute.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Namaste! helps support The Mountain Institute, a non-profit organization working to empower communities that call mountains home.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Nima lives in the mountain country of Nepal. Every year her father has to leave to work as a mountain guide for climbers from around the world. The child and her mother part from him with prayers and rice offerings, and by placing a khata, the traditional shawl, around his neck for good luck. Then Nima walks to school. Along the way, she greets yaks, tourists, porters, traders, and Tibetan monks with a "Namaste" by bringing the palms of her hands together and bowing slightly. This greeting translates into "the light in me meets the light in you," and readers soon learn that Nima brings light to everyone around her. The vibrant folk-art illustrations showing the details of Nima's life in her village support the simple story perfectly. This beautiful book will appeal to primary readers and make an ideal addition to multicultural collections. An extensive glossary explains Nepalese terms, and an afterword gives background on Nepalese culture.—Monika Schroeder, American Embassy School, New Delhi, India
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Nima Sherpa lives in Nepal, in the shadow of the tallest mountain on earth, that her people call Chomolongma, and the rest of the world knows as Mount Everest. Her father works as a mountain guide. The story open with great promise, with fluttering prayer flags and a wonderful line about the Milk River rushing below, "white with cold." When Nima's father leaves he tells her he will bring a story back for her if she in turn will have one for him. There are some lovely details here—the offering of incense to the mountain's resident goddess, and Nima's papa tossing rice toward the mountain before he sets out. The remainder of the book turns out to be more slice of life than story. The narrative is guided more by parental instruction than by the spirit and energy of its young protagonist. Rather than emerging organically from the child's journey, the dialogue seems authorially driven, governed by what the writer feels the reader needs to know. Why else does Nima's mother need to explain to her the meaning of the titular "Namaste"? The viewpoint is deeply adult in sensibility and the will to teach overwhelms delight in the story itself. A glossary lists Tibetan words and includes details of the iconic prayer flags that occur in text and illustration in the book. An afterword by Ang Rita Sherpa offers valuable information on the region and its people, as well as about Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, and finally on the need to preserve mountain cultures. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621480051
Publisher:
SteinerBooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,376,608
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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