The Boy & the Bindi

The Boy the Bindi A beautiful children s picture book that showcases a young Indian boy s fascination with his mother s bindi the red dot commonly worn by Hindu women Rather than chastise her son she teaches him abou

  • Title: The Boy & the Bindi
  • Author: Vivek Shraya Rajni Perera
  • ISBN: 9781551526683
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A beautiful children s picture book that showcases a young Indian boy s fascination with his mother s bindi, the red dot commonly worn by Hindu women Rather than chastise her son, she teaches him about its cultural significance and doesn t flinch when he asks for one himself Wearing it allows him to joyfully explore and express his difference.

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      Published :2019-05-17T16:49:47+00:00


    About “Vivek Shraya Rajni Perera

    • Vivek Shraya Rajni Perera

      Vivek Shraya is a Toronto based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books She is one half of the music duo Too Attached, as well as the Associate Editor of Heartbeats, a website featuring racialized artists and stories Vivek s first novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail s Best Books of 2014 Her debut collection of poetry, even this page is white, was released this spring.



    794 thoughts on “The Boy & the Bindi


    • While I am no expert on children’s books by any stretch of the imagination, I did enjoy reading them to my nieces and nephews when they were younger. Some books originally intended for younger audiences can be enjoyed at any age, and I think that ‘The Boy and the Bindi’ is a good example. The target age may be 4 to 8 years, but the message behind this beautifully illustrated story is compelling and applicable to people of any age.On the face of it, the story is simple. A young boy is fasci [...]


    • While the rhymes were a bit clunky at times, I appreciate that this book exists. Finding children's books by queer authors in the library is so encouraging, especially when I think about how much I would have appreciated these kinds of things when I was younger. (Which really wasn't all that long ago, but things have changed so much in even just the past fifteen years, I'm so excited to see more LGBTQA literature out there.)This book touches on identity, gender, culture, and it's all done in a r [...]


    • Gorgeous illustrations with a gentle look at gender non-conforming exploration during childhood. Really lovely book.



    • Wow! This little picture book explores so much in such a tiny space. I loved the illustrations: they're saturated with color and are glorious in depicting the little boy, his Ammi, and what the bindi means to both of them. I really liked Ammi's response to her son and how the son learned and grew from it. I learned so much about bindis and it was fascinating!


    • In this rhyming picture book, a young boy decides to wear a colourful bindi between his brows just like his Ammi. He is fascinated by its beauty, and its relevance, once his mother explains why she puts it on. Like her, the boy finds that it calms him and opens his mind. It is a source of identity, and even cultural pride. Others may find it a curiosity, but to him, it is important. The most disappointing thing about this book is that the quality of the writing doesn't match the beauty of the id [...]


    • Love!! This book is much needed. A poetic explanation of what a bindi is and why it is worn. This is such an important topic. This book is a must have for very diverse communities like the ones I work and live in but especially important for EVERYONES overall knowledge of a small part of a few of the worlds religions. I like the shedding of the stereotype of females only being the ones to wear bindis. This book turns that on its head, while teaching without being didactic. Of Note: doesn't menti [...]


    • Well, the pictures didn't impress me. And--forgive my spacey brain these days--I went the whole book thinking "the child looks like a boy" and I thought the Bindi was only for females. Eventually I looked at the title (which I have known for months), and went, "It IS a boy!" Yeah. No brain.I didn't know anything about Bindis (can you pluralize it?) until this book. So I liked learning a little something, but there needed to be more explanation at the end. In some ways I left more confused. At le [...]


    • Gorgeous. The illustrations are beautiful and there are some great messages about culture and remembrance, gender identity and queerness, being different and embracing that, feeling like you're not good enough and changing that, etc. Lovely!




    • A story of family, tradition, and understanding. A welcome title to build understanding and acceptance for the many cultures and traditions that make our communities beautiful.



    • A delightful little story. The meter and rhyming confused me more than once, but otherwise, no complaints to be had.




    • I did really enjoy this. However, I would have liked more information, even if it were just a few notes at the back. This would be a good beginner book to start discussion in PreK-grade 1.



    • A young boy is intrigued by his mother's bindi and discovers how much he enjoys having one himself. A story of acceptance, heritage and expression.


    • 11/4/2017 ** An interesting explanation of the bindi - ties to culture & religion; also a challenge to gender norms, since many associate the bindi with women.Why I decided to read it: hbook/2017/09/blogs/fa


    • i don't read picture books often but i am somewhere between screaming and crying (indian trans author, i'm not even indian)


    • A really poetic and well illustrated book!Short and perfectly well created for children to ask questions and to understand the importance of a Bindi. This story is also great to talk about bonds between a mother and her child, curiosity, roots, beliefs, spirituality and differencies.I've enjoyed the illustrations. They are colorful and full of positivity. They goes well with the rythm of the poetic words.A really great surprise!I've appreciated also the interview of the author who explained why [...]


    • I liked the concept and content a lot, but the meter was off in places, which distracted me from the story.




    • Wish this one didn't rhyme and actually talked more about what a bindi is for. Liked the multiculturalism. There aren't enough diverse picturebooks.





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