Bringing Asha Home

By Kahani Magazine

On the Hindu holiday of Rakhi, ‘sisters tie shiny bracelets on the wrists of their brothers.’ Arun wishes he had a sister with whom to celebrate. His best friend Michael has a sister; ‘I just got one,’ he tells Arun, ‘she cries all the time.’ But Arun’s wish may soon come true - his parents are going to adopt a baby girl named Asha from India. Writer Uma Krishnaswami pairs up with illustrator Jamel Akib in Bringing Asha Home, an honest and moving book about one family’s journey to complete their family. Akib’s illustrations and Krishnaswami’s beautiful story brought a (happy) tear to this reviewer’s eye.