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Arthi's Bomma

Arthi's Bomma

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Words By: Mamta Nainy | Art By: Shruti Prabhu

Doll making is more than tradition. MUCH, MUCH, MORE! 

Arthi’s father is a doll maker, but she wishes he would be anything else. No one plays with the wooden bommalu her nanna makes anymore. But crafting dolls from wood is her father’s entire world, so Arthi sets out to find out why these dolls mean so much to him. She asks everyone she knows in her small doll-making community and learns that bommalu are memories, warm as the sun. They tell stories older than time. They capture colors that run wild. Bommalu are a celebration of life and more. Much, much more!

An ode to the traditional craftspeople of India, this joyful picture book is a celebration of handmade crafts and artisan communities in a digital age.


"...charming story of wanting to fit in, and learning what makes you and your family special."Youth Services Book Review

“Mamta Nainy’s story is a love letter to a culture and an almost lost art.”Black Raven, Cannonball Reads


Around the World, Arts and Crafts, Asia, Community, Family, Holidays and Traditions, World Languages

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Reading Level Recommendations

Grades: K-3

Ages: 5-7


Subject Categories

JUV013030-JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
JUV017090-JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Religious
JUV040000-JUVENILE FICTION / Toys, Dolls & Puppets


Hardcover: 9781949528732

Paperback: 9781949528732

eBook: 9781949528725

PDF: 9781949528466

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Mamta Bio Photo

Meet the Author

Mamta Nainy has authored over thirty books for children.

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Shruti Prabhu seated at a table with a notebook

Meet the Illustrator

Shruti Prabhu is a children’s book illustrator currently based in Mumbai.

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