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Kesar and the Lullaby Birds

Words by Aditi Oza

Art by Debasmita Dasgupta

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

A vibrant celebration of traditional artisans from India, this picture book is a sweet sibling bedtime story at heart, featuring a big sister who figures out how to care for her baby sister with some help from her grandmother’s lovingly made gifts.

Picture Book | 5-7 Years | Grades K-2

978-1-949528-86-2 (Hardcover)

978-1-949528-85-5 (Paperback)

978-1-949528-84-8 (eBook)


Caring for a baby sibling; Folktales and oral storytelling; Grandparents and multigenerational families; Handicrafts and traditional folk art forms

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"Set in the Kutch region of India, the bright colors, intricate patterns, and delicate details of Indian attire and architecture are standout features."
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