It was a treat to find a book that looked at not only the merging of a Caucasian and Indian couple but also at the merging of a Jewish and a Hindi family. As children and adults become exposed to more cultures within their own traditions, they must learn to appreciate and respect what everyone brings to the table and figure out how to make it all work. This book is a delightful place to watch one girl wrestle with these many teachings that make her who she is.
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Title: My Basmati Bat Mitzvah
Tara’s mother is Indian and her father is a New York Jew. This is the year of her Bat Mitzvah and Tara is questioning what it means to be Jewish. Is she really Jewish if her mother is Indian? How can she honor her Jewish heritage without taking anything away from the Indian customs she knows and loves? And do you absolutely have to be sure you believe in God if you go through with your Bat Mitzvah? Oh, and let’s not forget her friends, and did I mention boys?
I was absolutely intrigued by this book. I have quite a few friends whose families are multicultural as well as friends where one parent is Jewish. I thought this book was a lovely portrayal of the questions and challenges kids face, as well as the benefits and joys of sharing so many traditions. I loved Tara’s uncertainties because I think they will reflect some of the real feelings kids have. Even if your child is not facing these issues, some of their own uncertainties about friends who are in this situation will be addressed.
Great book for girls who like realistic fiction. The story moves along nicely and all girls will see something of themselves in the book
I definitely needed the Hindi-Hebrew-Yiddish-English Vocabulary Guide in the back of the book. Thankful there won’t be a quiz later.
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