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The Katha Chest

A gorgeous picture book on Kathas, a Bangladeshi quilt and how each Katha represent a whole story and history of the women who wore it!

Genre: Adv. Picture Book

Ages: 6-9

Author: @evillordhaha

Illustrator: @lavanyanaidu

Publisher: @salaamreads@simonkids

Little Asiya loves her Nanu’s house. There’s a Katha chest, and each katha represents a whole story. Boro Khala’s Katha wrapped her family while her husband was away for war. Mejo Khala’s Katha shows the paint she loves to draw. Shejo Khala’s Katha shows how neat and clean she is as a teacher. Choto Khala’s Khatha shows her grief and roads of the village she lives in.

And Maa’s Katha shows her the smell of home.

All the Katha’s represent the family, and even after Nanu is gone, the family feels her presence with her Katha quilt nearby.

This book was like a a giant warm hug from the quilt. The gorgeous pictures by and the beautiful Lyrical words compliment each other to show the importance of Kathas.

The story contained many pictures of memories in Bangladesh and they are open to the reader to interpret them how they like and gaze at them until they feel a connection to the stories within.

I wish there was more back-matter as well, cuz I really wanted to know more about the history of Bangladesh!

A beautiful story and one that is sure to be a treasure on any bookshelf.

Thank you Simon kids for a gifted copy!


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