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Milky Way

Milky Way

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Words By: Mamta Nainy | Art By: Siddhartha Tripathi

A sweet bedtime story that explores the deep connection between a child and the natural world

Tashi is worried about his friend, the Moon. He seems thinner than usual. Night after night, Tashi observes his friend shrinking till only a sliver remains in the sky. Maybe the Moon's Amma-ley isn't giving him enough to eat? With some advice from his grandmother, Tashi decides to help his friend. And lo and behold, the Moon returns one night as his roly-poly, perfectly round self. And what does the Moon have to say to Tashi? Well, he just smiles his special smile—eyes closed and no teeth showing.

Set in the remote Himalayas in India, this STEM picture book introduces young readers to the phases of the moon while opening a window into Tibetan Buddhist cultures. The story includes words from the Ladakhi language and highlights their delectable cuisine.


"Charming, stylized illustrations bring saturated color to a story of the waxing and waning moon, set in a northern region of India bordering Tibet."—School Library Journal

“... so much richer because the story is set in such a unique location.”—The Loud Library Lady, PK-12 School Librarian

“... would work well in a classroom science unit as an example of bridging science and culture.”—Read It Real Good


Magical Realism, Around the World, Asia, Astronomy, Family Stories, Family, Friendship Stories, STEM, Relationship Skills, Picture Book, Buddhism

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Book Details

Reading Level Recommendations

Grades: K-3

Ages: 5-7

Lexile: AD690L

Subject Categories

JUV029010-JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Environment
JUV051000-JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
JUV030020-JUVENILE FICTION / Places / Asia


Hardcover: 9780989061568

Paperback: 9780989061582

eBook: 9781949528831

PDF: 9781949528541

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Mamta Bio Photo

Meet the Author

Mamta Nainy has authored over thirty books for children. Many of her works have gone on to win national and international recognitions, including Valley of Words Award, Publishing Next Award, The Hindu Young World-Good Books Award, and Peek-a-Book Children’s Choice Award. Mamta lives in New Delhi, India.

Mamta also works as a literary translator, translating primarily from English to Hindi, with several published works of translations. Mamta loves clambering around old caves, exploring lesser-known monuments and spending time at museums. Her favourite place to be, however, is in the middle of a book.

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Siddhartha Bio Photo

Meet the Illustrator

Siddhartha Tripathi, an alumnus of La Martiniere College, Lucknow, completed his graduation in Animation Film Design from India's premier design institute, the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Over the years, he has worked as a storyteller, illustrator and animator with a wide range of clients including Virgin Comics, Katha publications, Amar Chitra Katha, agencies such as Co-Design, Grey Worldwide and others such as Fox Traveller India, Smirnoff, Time-out, NID Publications, to name a few. An avid traveler, Siddhartha spends time working on his projects from Lucknow, Dharamshala, and Ahmedabad. Currently working on a couple of animation short-films, illustrated books, exhibitions, he loves to teach and takes out time to work on his paintings and illustrations.

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