Siddharth and Rinki

Overview

In this story about making friends in a new country, Siddharth dreams of India where he used to live. He doesn?t like the cold, the grey and the strange food of England. Only his toy elephant Rinki understands. But Rinki gets lost at school and Siddharth feels lonelier than ever. His classmates help him search for Rinki and together they go on a great adventure that bonds them as a group.

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Overview

In this story about making friends in a new country, Siddharth dreams of India where he used to live. He doesn’t like the cold, the grey and the strange food of England. Only his toy elephant Rinki understands. But Rinki gets lost at school and Siddharth feels lonelier than ever. His classmates help him search for Rinki and together they go on a great adventure that bonds them as a group.

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"A quiet story about immigration that focuses on small but common emotions."  —Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews

When a young boy emigrates from India to Britain, from a sunny, warm place to a grey, wintry place, adjusting can be an enormous problem. Siddharth attends a new British school for the first time, and Rinki is his favorite stuffed elephant, the best reminder of his life far away. Although his teacher and fellow classmates are friendly, Rinki is the only one that he can speak to about his feelings. When the elephant becomes lost, the other kids recognize that this very precious possession must be found, and Siddharth leads them everywhere until they find the lost-property room, all in darkness until the golden elephant shines out from the top shelf. The loose but realistic watercolors show a happy primary classroom. When Siddharth dreams of India near the beginning and then leads an exuberant march with Rinki on a pillow in the last double-page spread, the pages glow with color. The text employs a nice mix of alliteration and repetition: "...and slow, solemn Rinki remembered and understood." A quiet story about immigration that focuses on small but common emotions. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848530089
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,034,935
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Addy Farmer is the author of Grandad's Bench. Karin Littlewood is the illustrator of numerous children's books, including Christophe's Story, The Color of Home, and Home for Christmas

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