King for a Day

By Rukhsana Khan
Illustrated by Christiane Krömer

Hardcover: out of stock

Six Pack: forthcoming

Basant is here, with feasts and parties to celebrate the arrival of spring. But what Malik is looking forward to most is doing battle from his rooftop with Falcon, the special kite he has built for speed. Today is Malik’s chance to be the best kite fighter, the king of Basant.

In two fierce battles, Malik takes down the kites flown by the bully next door. Then Malik moves on, guiding Falcon into leaps, swirls, and dives, slashing strings and plucking kites from the sky. By the end of the day, Malik has a big pile of captured kites. He is the king! But then the bully reappears, trying to take a kite from a girl in the alley below. With a sudden act of kingly generosity, Malik finds the perfect way to help the girl.

This lively, contemporary story introduces readers to a centuries-old festival and the traditional sport of kite fighting, and to a spirited, determined young boy who masters the sport while finding his own way to face and overcome life’s challenges.

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About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Rukhsana Khan - Author

is the author of several award-winning books published in the United States and Canada. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she and her family immigrated to Canada when she was three. Khan’s stories enable children of all backgrounds to connect with cultures of Eastern origins. Khan lives with her husband and family in Toronto, Canada.

Thumb_thumb Christiane Krömer

was born in Erfurt, Germany. She moved to the United States and earned a degree in illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York. She has illustrated several books for children. In her free time Christiane enjoys watching people in the subway and traveling, especially to Japan. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Hardcover: 9781600606595

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Best Books of the Year, Honorable Mention
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South Asia Book Award Highly Commended Book
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Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 5

Reading Level:

Grades 3 - 4


Sports, Siblings, Sharing & Giving, Overcoming Obstacles, Muslim/Muslim American Interest, Holidays/Traditions, Games/Toys, Friendship, Dreams & Aspirations, Disability, Conflict resolution, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Bullying, Integrity/Honesty , Persistence/Grit, Self Control/Self Regulation, Asian/Asian American Interest, Courage, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Kindness/Caring, Pride, Realistic Fiction, Religion/Spiritual, Religious Diversity

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