Perfect Picture Book Friday
I loved American Desi (Little, Brown and Company, 2022) by Jyoti Rajan Gopal and illustrated by Supriya Kelkar. And whether one is dealing with multiple cultures or not, we all wonder where we fit in and could find this story reassuring.
In the picture book, the main character wonders “which is the color of me?” Does she fit on the Indian side or the American side? As we go through the story we realize with her she doesn’t have to pick one or the other–she can just be who she is.
Told in subtle rhyme, the left page shows Desi events and the right page American ones. My favorite spread says,
“One foot here, one foot there
Straddling, bridging worlds apart.
Searching deep within my heart
The different colors of me.”
The art is fabric, paper, mixed media, and digital collage which I think is perfect to represent this story.
The book has garnered attention:
- SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox list of picture books to look out for in 2022
- Here Wee Read’s Ultimate List of Diverse Books 2022
Read about the author Jyoti here. Her next book is ready for pre-order here. And she’s sold four more, which you can read more about here. She’s been busy! Jyoti also has a lovely page of inspiration.