My Amma’s White Stone Mookuthi

Batani. Apr. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781953927002.
Gr 1-3–Little Bose and his mother, Amma, share an indestructible bond. She wears a white stone mookuthi, a nose jewel that fascinates the boy. But it’s gone missing. Little Bose and his dog are explorers, searching for the mookuthi. Could it be under the jackfruit fruit tree or sailing on wings fluttering from flower to flower? Little Bose finds solace in his Amma, whose everlasting love and promise of devotion gleams brighter than her white stone. Veluswamy effortlessly paints a heartfelt story built on the unconditional love shared between a mother and child. The poetic verses are set against the backdrop of the South Indian town of Tamil Nadu. The rhyming words and metaphors guide readers through the narrative, where grief is explored through the loss of an object. Khatri’s striking illustrations offer some consolation with a vibrant palette of colors and realistic imagery. The artwork is a celebration of South India, displaying genuine sun-kissed skin, subtle ripples of a sari, filtered coffee, and the blissful bird’s eye view of a mother’s open arms.
VERDICT A marvelous “go to” book to start the conversation about loss from a child’s viewpoint. A strong choice for all picture book shelves.

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