Sugar in Milk by Thrity Umrigar

A well timed and timeless picture e book about immigration that demonstrates the electricity of diversity, acceptance, and tolerance from a gifted storyteller.”An engaging, beautiful, and memorable e book.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Lush illustrations and a strong message of desire and perseverance make this a standout title.” –School Library Journal, starred reviewWhen I first came to this united states, I felt so alone. A young immigrant girl joins her aunt and uncle in a new u . S . A . that is unusual to her. She struggles with loneliness, with a fierce craving for the lifestyle and familiarity of home, until one day, her aunt takes her on a walk. As the duo strolls via their city park, the woman’s aunt begins to inform her an vintage myth, and a tale inside the tale begins. A long time ago, a group of refugees arrived on a foreign shore. The nearby king met them, decided 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 changed into full and could not accommodate the strangers. Then, the leader of the refugees dissolved sugar inside the glass of milk. His message become clear: Like sugar in milk, our presence to your u . S . will sweeten your lives. The king embraced the refugee, welcoming him and his people. The folktale depicted in this e-book was part of author Thrity Umrigar’s Zoroastrian upbringing as a Parsi toddler in India, but resonates for children of all backgrounds, in particular those coming to a brand new homeland.


A younger immigrant adjusts to existence in America in Thrity Umrigar’s evocatively titled Sugar in Milk. “When I first got here to this country, I felt so alone,” the young girl reveals. Though she lives along with her Auntie and Uncle, she struggles with loneliness and misses her family and buddies returned home. Recognizing her niece’s sadness and isolation, her Auntie takes her for a stroll and stocks a story with the female:

Once upon a time, a few Persian refugees made their manner to India however had been grew to become away by using the king. Then a courageous guy dissolved some sugar into a totally complete glass of milk, creating a visible metaphor to convey how the refugees would “sweeten your lives with our presence” and correctly establishing peace between the refugees and the king. Hearing this story will become a turning factor for the woman, and he or she begins to comprehend her “new and magical homeland.”

Illustrator Thao Le’s palette incorporates fascinating cool tones of teal, copper and crimson in addition to rich, beguiling blues. Elaborate borders prompt the spreads depicting Auntie’s story and end up more and more certain with every page turn, marking her ancient story as separate from the primary narrative and including a feel of ritual to its telling. The book’s opening and final spreads—that is, before and after Auntie’s story—are a observe in contrasts as the woman’s dull, solitary winter days vanish, replaced by means of spring sunshine and blooming flowers.

Sugar in Milk powerfully demonstrates how a easy tale can extensively alter one’s attitude for the better. It’s a timely exploration of undying issues of attractiveness and what it means to name an area home.


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