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I See the Sun in India


By Dedie King with illustrations by Judith Inglese
40 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935874-35-5
For children ages 5 and up

For many of us, when we hear about India and its culture, we immediately think of yoga and the Indian greeting, “Namaste.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful to learn, in a more meaningful way, what living in India is really like? The ninth book in the I See the Sun series delivers once again. In I See the Sun in India readers are introduced to Mila, a bright, happy young girl who shares a day in her life in Jaipur, India.

Mila’s life is quite like every other young girl’s life—she eats breakfast with her family, attends school (learning Hindu and English) and enjoys spending time with her friends.

Through vibrant illustrations, readers tour the city, passing by the famous Hawa Mahal, or “palace of winds” as well as getting a glimpse of the bustling bazaar. Mila’s family works in the historical gem jewelry business and it is clear that Mila is very serious about her education in hopes of joining the family business someday. Through the vibrant illustrations, the reader can almost taste the orange mango chutney and roti (Indian flat bread) on the table.

Like the other books in the I See the Sun series, I See the Sun in India was written in English and also translated into Hindi. I See the Sun in India includes an overview of the country, a glossary of unfamiliar words, and a map that highlights where India is on the globe.

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“… a great concept for a book series … one that would be as at-home inside the classroom as it is in a child’s bedroom … gives young readers the opportunity to examine and reexamine the daily backdrop of real lives in faraway countries.”

– Education Week

About the Author & Illustrator

About the Author

Author Dedie King was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal where she taught school. She uses her world travel experience, past and present, as the basis for the stories in the I See the Sun series. Presently Dedie practices Classical Five Element acupuncture both in Hardwick and in Amherst, Massachusetts.

About the Illustrator
Judith Inglese has been designing and fabricating ceramic tile murals for public environments for more than thirty years. Her commissions include libraries, schools, hospitals and municipal and institutional buildings like the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Her murals often focus on the play and imagination of children as well as cross-cultural exchange and community. Illustrating the I See the Sun series has given her another medium for examining these themes and celebrating children around the world.

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