Child of Spring

Farhana Zia

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Child of Spring

Child of Spring Engaging writing and a delightful protagonist bring life in a contemporary Indian village to life Basanta longs for the beautiful ring worn by her young mistress but when it comes into her possession

  • Title: Child of Spring
  • Author: Farhana Zia
  • ISBN: 9781561459049
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Engaging writing and a delightful protagonist bring life in a contemporary Indian village to life Basanta longs for the beautiful ring worn by her young mistress, but when it comes into her possession, she realizes that it s not the wonderful possession she expected Increasingly aware of the struggles of her less privileged friends, Lali and Bala, she finds a way to imprEngaging writing and a delightful protagonist bring life in a contemporary Indian village to life Basanta longs for the beautiful ring worn by her young mistress, but when it comes into her possession, she realizes that it s not the wonderful possession she expected Increasingly aware of the struggles of her less privileged friends, Lali and Bala, she finds a way to improve their lives and entertain their community and the beautiful ring takes on new meaning.

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    1. Raina on said:

      Episodic-feeling slice of life story based on the author's childhood in India. Lots of Hindi words, which are italicized and defined in the Glossary at the back. I was particularly hit by the section about the dog, which the family feeds and allows to sleep in their home as a kind of alarm system. Pretty affecting, although it's a little tricky to convey that to kids. I took this out to elementary schools in my school district leading up to Summer 2017. In my booktalk, I ended up focusing on the [...]

    2. Barbara on said:

      Basanta is discontent with her life as a servant to Little Bibi whose wealthy parents live in the Big House and seem to have everything. It's clear that her mistress is spoiled and takes her for granted, but Basanta has unreal expectations for her own life and doesn't always see the good things with which she has been blessed. When her mistress loses a ring which she covets, Basanta eventually finds it but doesn't give it back. But the ring doesn't bring her all the happiness she thought it woul [...]

    3. Lilly on said:

      I read juvenile literature for two reasons, one as a read and two as a librarian. I have to say I wouldn't recommend this book to most readers. It's a subject I usually enjoy, but the plot is slow and really it feels like nothing happens in the story. Instead of the characters growing through adversity, the reader is spoon fed a flat and forced version of character development. I really wanted to like this book, the characters have potential, however, I think that for a book aiming at upper elem [...]

    4. Ms. Yingling on said:

      Copy provided by publisherBasanta works alongside her Amma at the house of a wealthy family, where she fetches things for the whiny and demanding Little Bibi. While Basanta envies the easy life of privilege, she is not blind to the lives of others in her community that are more difficult than her own. She covets a ring that Little Bibi has, and finds it when she is cleaning. It has lost a stone, but she keeps it until she is found out, then tries to return it, only to have the owner say she no l [...]

    5. Samantha on said:

      Basanta lives in a village in India, surrounded by friends and family. She works for a young mistress who has a beautiful ring that Basanta wouldn’t mind having herself. When the ring disappears, she is hurt when her mistress accuses her of being a thief, and when, by chance, the ring does find its way to her, she discovers that having it isn’t all that she expectedILD OF SPRING has a magical effect with Farhana Zia’s descriptions. The rich atmosphere comes to life as readers learn about B [...]

    6. Katie on said:

      In Child of Spring by Farhana Zia, we see the story of Basanta, a young, spirited Indian girl working as a servant for a rich family. It is Basanta’s job to take care of Little Bibi. When Little Bibi’s ring goes missing, Basanta is sure that her Mistress accuses her of stealing. When Basanta eventually finds the ring while cleaning, she is torn between keeping the beautiful ring and doing the right thing. Basanta also struggles to do the right thing in her village at home; she is always gett [...]

    7. A Horsting on said:

      This book is not what it seems like the title suggests that it is about a 'Child of Spring', but that is not actually what it is mostly about. Yes, in the end it does mention things about 'child of spring' and all. The book is set in India, and some of the food is interesting. Rice, roti, and others are mentioned. Now to the book it is about a girl who is a servant in the house of a rich girl named Bibi. Her mother is also a servant, and Bibi's family is very rich. There are stolen rings, broken [...]

    8. Salsabrarian on said:

      A wholesome, culturally specific story about Basanta, an impulsive young girl in India who has assorted adventures, conflicts and schemes with her friends and family of the busti where she lives. There is almost too much going on in the busti to keep straight but in the end this is a lively through-the-window view of Indian village life for young readers.

    9. Paula Hollohan on said:

      May be a good read aloud for grade 3 and the study of India. Should be accompanied by photos and information to help students picture the setting.

    10. Sue Poduska on said:

      In this, Zia’s second novel, the reader explores the lives of the poor in a culture very different from our own. This would be an excellent book to include in studies of India or Hinduism.

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