The Yellow Suitcase

The Yellow Suitcase


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999658413
Publisher: Penny Candy Books
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 425,318
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Meera Sriram grew up in India and moved to the U.S. at the turn of the millennium. An electrical engineer in her past life, she now enjoys writing for children and advocating early and multicultural literacy. Meera has co-authored several books published in India. She believes in the transformative power of stories and writes on cross-cultural experiences that often take her back to her roots. Meera loves yoga and chai, and lives with her husband and two children in Berkeley, California.

Meera Sethi is a Canadian visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice encompasses a range of mediums to pose questions about the relationship between migration, diaspora, identity, and hybridity. Meera's work is in the permanent collection of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Wedge Collection and has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Mississuaga, L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, among other national and international venues. She has been awarded multiple grants from the Toronto, Ontario, and Canada arts councils. Her work has been featured in NBC, NPR, The Toronto Star , The Globe and Mail , The Fader , Vice , VOGUE India , CNN, MTV and numerous other print and online publications. Meera lives and works in Toronto.

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The Yellow Suitcase 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
NatC 15 days ago
The Yellow Suitcase is a thoughtful and tender story about the grief that comes with losing a loved one. Asha travels to India with her parents - a journey she has made before – but this time it is for her grandmother’s funeral, and she must deal with some hard emotions, in particular being in Grandma’s house without Grandma being there. Fortunately, she has loving parents who allow her to feel her feelings and grieve in her own time and ways. Before returning home Asha discovers a gift from Grandma that helps her feel her Grandmother’s continued presence. The illustrations give us a great window into the color and bustle of India.
NanetteHeffernan 3 months ago
Oh, how I wish we'd had this book 5 years ago when my husband's mother passed away. My youngest was quite sad for a long time and didn't understand why we couldn't go to grandma's house anymore and was inconsolable when someone else moved into it! Of course we talked about how we will always have her memories so she's never truly gone but Meera Sriram has such a gentle hand with this it would have been a wonderful tool to have. At least we have it now. When the book arrived I immediately read it to my (now 13 year old) daughter and she was very touched. Thank you for such a wonderful book Meera!
TinaMShepardson 3 months ago
Every culture, every family has traditions. Learning what those are is so inspiring in good times and bad. Asha's tradition of bringing a full yellow suitcase to India when she visits her grandmother comes to a screeching halt when her grandmother passes away. While she learns how her family grieves and processes this loss, so does Asha and in so doing discovers a way her grandmother's love will be with her always.... unexpectedly. Children grow up learning many ways to handle grief and loss. Meera Sriram does an absolutely beautiful job walking children, families, educators through this process. The illustrations are a guide to fully support the journey this talented author takes us on. Children are exposed to a rich, real, and warm approach of what we can learn during some of the most challenging times of our lives.
TeresaR 3 months ago
The death of a grandparent, or close relative, is a sad and confusing time in a child’s life but when compounded with cultural differences, it can feel insurmountably difficult. In “The Yellow Suitcase,” author Sriram immerses us into the heart and feelings of a little girl who has lost a beloved grandmother in faraway India. We are transported there with the details of sights, sounds, and scents in the text, even as we commiserate with Asha’s broken-heartedness and deep sense of emptiness (with her suitcase as metaphor). A touching story of family and enlightening look into a different culture, The Yellow Suitcase is a great addition to books on diversity and special issues (death/grief).
JoleneG 4 months ago
When Asha visits India, she's heartbroken that her beloved Grandma has died. Asha is used to bringing gifts for Grandma in her yellow suitcase, and she's used to taking gifts home from Grandma. But now, Grandma's gone, and nothing can fill the hole she has left. Asha grieves, but when it's time to return home, she finds a wonderful final gift from Grandma in her yellow suitcase. A beautifully illustrated and important book about love, loss, and the stages of grieving.
GCKrause 4 months ago
A child is overwhelmed at the sadness she experiences when she travels to her families’ native land and struggles to understand why her grandmother is not there. Meera Sriram has captured the innocence of a grieving child in The Yellow Suitcase, which symbolizes the special bond Asha had with her grandmother. Too overcome with grief and anger to realize that the suitcase symbolizes the love her grandmother had for her, she finds when she opens the suitcase for the last time, she is enveloped in her grandmother’s love, the greatest gift of all