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A Day I Remember
     

A Day I Remember

by Prodeepta Das
 

This is a day that Chintu will always remember: he's going to be "Markundi", the boy who keeps the bridegroom (his uncle) company through the wedding preparations. Readers join in the celebrations, dancing, fireworks and music through the colourful photographs.

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This is a day that Chintu will always remember: he's going to be "Markundi", the boy who keeps the bridegroom (his uncle) company through the wedding preparations. Readers join in the celebrations, dancing, fireworks and music through the colourful photographs.

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"With its wealth of colourful photographs, very readable text and aptly designed, bordered pages, this is a book that should be of interest to all."

"With its wealth of colourful photographs, very readable text and aptly designed, bordered pages, this is a book that should be of interest to all."

"a gentle, festive education, an immersion in India that will captivate its audiences."

"The vividly coloured backgrounds complement the topic well and make for a very attractive book which is ideal for multi-cultural studies."

"a gentle, festive education, an immersion in India that will captivate its audiences."

"The vividly coloured backgrounds complement the topic well and make for a very attractive book which is ideal for multi-cultural studies."

School Library Journal
11/01/2014
K-Gr 3—This book sheds light on the customs and traditions associated with Indian weddings through the story of Swayam, a young Indian boy whose uncle is getting married. Swayam has been chosen to be the markundi for his uncle's wedding, or the male family member (usually a nephew or brother) who accompanies the groom to the bride's house, dressed in special, ceremonial clothing. The boy narrates the events leading up to the wedding (the beating of drums, the sprinkling of holy water over the groom), as well as the event itself. Attractive photographs and a clear, easy-to-follow text track the preparations and major aspects of the ceremony and celebrations. A nice introduction to Indian culture and traditions and a solid addition to most libraries.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-27
Resplendent in his turban and embroidered coat, Swayam, a young Indian boy, acts as the markundi (special attendant) for his uncle's wedding.This book documents a real Hindu wedding that took place in eastern India. A short note explains that the traditional customs are blended with Bollywood style, as manifested in the different types of music played. Swayam describes Mangan, the day before the nuptials, when women have red dye (alata) painted on their feet, and girls have henna designs inked on their hands. Then he recounts the rest of the wedding activities in the villages of the groom and bride. Most of the color photos, some staged and some unposed, are attractive, but a few are dark. They are laid out on intensely colored orange and yellow glossy paper, with a wine-colored border containing gold designs, echoing the colors of the bride's sari and Swayam's coat. There is no glossary, but Hindi words are defined within the text, although there are no pronunciation guides. As this photo essay has no reference to ordinary daily living, this could be used to supplement a unit about India, complement a multicultural unit about weddings and other traditional customs, or serve as an introduction for children about to attend a Hindu wedding.Let the festivities begin! (Informational picture book. 5-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847804464
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
07/29/2014
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

PRODEEPTA DAS was born in Cuttack, in eastern India. He is a freelance photographer and author whose pictures have been published in over 20 children's books. In 1991 Inside India, which he also wrote, won the Commonwealth Photographer's Award. Prodeepta's books for Frances Lincoln are P is for Pakistan, Prita Goes to India, K is for Korea, We are Britain!, Geeta's Day, I is for India, J is for Jamaica, Kamal Goes to Trinidad, P is for Poland, T is for Turkey, S is for South Africa, R is for Russiaand B is for Bangladesh. Prodeepta lives in London.'

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