In this book, students are introduced to Karim, an American boy whose family is from New Dehli. Students read about East Indian heritage, including clothes, food, holidays, and beliefs.
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I Am Indian American based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This book sounds like it was written by someone who visited India once, learned a few details from a guide book, didn't think too much of it and returned home to churn this out. There are factual errors like stating India has 9 million people (which is insane even for 1997 when the book was written). Also simplistic explanations like the 9 million people being the cause for the many who "don't have a place to live or enough food to eat" and racist assumptions like "Most Indians believe that animals are as important as humans." Not to mention the incredibly abysmal picture accompanying the "A better life" page. On the "Where is India?" page, the entire explanation is about Christopher Columbus making a mistake and thinking he had found India when he was actually landed in North America. The picture of "women in sarees" actually shows young girls in lenengas. I could go on. Worst of all, this book has nothing to do with being Indian and American. It's more of "here's a bit I know about India (and it kind of sucks here)" tied together with an obligatory "I'm proud to be a part of [both countries] (for no good reason explained here"). The author, Jane Stuart, should be ashamed of this lazy piece of writing.