Bringing Asha Home by Uma Krishnaswami

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It's Rakhi, the Hindu holiday special to brothers and sisters, and Arun wishes he had a sister with whom to celebrate. Soon it looks as if his wish will come true. His parents are going to adopt a baby girl named Asha. She is coming all the way from India, where Arun's dad was born.

The family prepares for Asha's arrival, not knowing it will be almost a year until they receive governmental approval to bring Asha home. Arun is impatient and struggles to accept the long delay, but as time passes he finds his own special ways to build a bond with his sister, who is still halfway around the world.

With warmth and honesty, this tender story taps into the feelings of longing, love and joy that adoption brings to many families. Readers will find reassurance knowing there is more than one way to become part of a loving family.

 

About Uma Krishnaswami

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Uma Krishnaswami is the author of several books for young readers. In addition to writing, she teaches an online writing class, is Co-Director of a writing program for the National Writing Project, which fosters high quality teaching of writing across grade levels, and is writer in residence at Aztec Ruins National Monument. The inspiration for Bringing Asha Home came from an event at which Krishnaswami met families who had adopted children from India. She and her husband live in Aztec, New Mexico.
 
Published September 1, 2006 by Lee & Low Books. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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On Rakhi Day in August, Arun explains the Indian holiday to his best friend Michael and tells him that it celebrates the bond of brothers and sisters.

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