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Kesar and the Lullaby Birds

Kesar and the Lullaby Birds

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Story, Kutchi Folk Art, Tribal and Textile Research, & Motif Design By: Aditi Oza 
Art By: Debasmita Dasgupta

In the great salt desert of India, a folktale is brought to life by a loving big sister

Kesar’s baby sister Kamal will not sleep through the night and her parents are exhausted. Even the neighbors in their village bordering the Great Rann of Kutch are kept awake by the infant’s cries. When Kesar and Kamal’s ba comes to visit, her stories and handmade cloth chakli birds give Kesar a wonderful idea. Perhaps what Kesar needs to put her baby sister to sleep is a little bit of desert magic!

A celebration of traditional arts and crafts from India, this vibrant picture book features an older sibling pitching in to help with a new baby by using the power of imagination and play.


Skipping Stones Honor Award: Best of Multicultural & International Award (2023) 

"Set in the Kutch region of India, the bright colors, intricate patterns, and delicate details of Indian attire and architecture are standout features." —Foreword Reviews (STARRED)


Realistic Fiction, Folktale, Around the World, Arts and Crafts, Asia, Family Stories, Rural Life, Siblings, Multigenerational Family, New Baby

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Reading Level Recommendations

Grades: K-3

Ages: 5-7


Subject Categories

JUV051000-JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
JUV013070-JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings
JUV031060-JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Theater & Musicals


Hardcover: 9781949528862

Paperback: 9781949528855

eBook: 9781949528848

PDF: 9781949528497

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Meet the Author

Aditi Oza is a self-taught multimedia artist whose love for folk art inspires her work. Through her paintings and stories, Aditi hopes to communicate her love for her native Gujarati heritage and culture. A software engineer by profession, she lives in San Jose, California, with her family.

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Meet the Illustrator

Debasmita Dasgupta is an internationally published, Kirkus Prize-nominated illustrator and graphic novelist. She enjoys illustrating both fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. She has illustrated over 20 picture books, comics and poems. Widely known as an art-for-change advocate, Debasmita tells stories of change makers from around the world by partnering with global non-profits.

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