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Sugar in milk / by Thrity Umrigar ; illustrated by Khoa Le.

Umrigar, Thrity N. (author.). Le, Khoa, 1982- (illustrator.).

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John P. Webster Library - West Hartford CHILDREN PZ 7 .U48 Sug 2020 (Text to phone) 30401147760155 Juvenile New Book Available -

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Summary, etc.: "A young immigrant girl joins her aunt and uncle in a new country that is unfamiliar to her. She struggles with loneliness, with a fierce longing for the culture and familiarity of home, until one day, her aunt takes her on a walk. As the duo strolls through their city park, the girl's aunt begins to tell her an old myth, and a story within the story begins. A long time ago, a group of refugees arrived on a foreign shore. The local king met them, determined to refuse their request for refuge. But there was a language barrier, so the king filled a glass with milk and pointed to it as a way of saying that the land was full and couldn't accommodate the strangers. Then, the leader of the refugees dissolved sugar in the glass of milk. His message was clear: Like sugar in milk, our presence in your country will sweeten your lives. The king embraced the refugee, welcoming him and his people. The folktale depicted in this book was a part of author Thrity Umrigar's Zoroastrian upbringing as a Parsi child in India, but resonates for children of all backgrounds, especially those coming to a new homeland"
Subject: Iranians India Fiction
Emigration and immigration Fiction
Aunts Fiction
Loneliness in children Fiction
Homesickness Fiction
Iranian Americans Fiction
Immigrants Fiction
Immigrant children Fiction
Kings and rulers Juvenile fiction
Iranians India Juvenile fiction
Iranian Americans Juvenile fiction
Emigration and immigration Juvenile fiction
Aunts Juvenile fiction
Loneliness Juvenile fiction
Refugees Juvenile fiction
Homesickness Juvenile fiction
Immigrants Juvenile fiction
Genre: Social problem fiction.
Picture books.
Graphic novels.
Children's stories.

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Sugar in Milk
Sugar in Milk
by Umrigar, Thrity; Le, Khoa (Illustrator)
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Sugar in Milk

A young girl in modern times comes from India to live in America with her extended family. She feels so alone-like she's not wanted-and then remembers a story her mother once told her about a group of Persians who were ousted from their country and who sailed to the Western shores of India in search for a new home. The king of the region in India did not want to let them in and explained (using a glass of full milk) that the community was simply too full to let them in. The king of the Persian refugees then dumped some sugar into the milk, stirred until it dissolved, and explained to the king that not only would his people integrate well into their society but they would also help sweeten their culture. The Indian king lets them in and they prosper. And, in the end, the young girl realizes that she, too, is being accepted by those in her neighborhood and that she can finally start feeling a part of this new American society.
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