The Great Henna Party

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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 06 Dec 2023

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If you were to name the person you loved the most, who would you choose? Noor's cousin is getting married tomorrow, and tonight, Noor's family will hold a henna party in her honor. They'll sing traditional songs, eat delicious treats, and have their hands painted in swirling designs using a dye called henna. Noor is especially excited to play the henna name game. The henna artist will hide the name of the person Noor loves the most in the pattern she paints on Noor's hands. But whose name will Noor choose? As Noor encounters each member of her family, she finds it harder and harder to make her choice. What should she do if she loves them all? A heartwarming story that traces the patterns of family love through the South Asian tradition of painting with henna.

If you were to name the person you loved the most, who would you choose? Noor's cousin is getting married tomorrow, and tonight, Noor's family will hold a henna party in her honor. They'll sing...

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I’m 65 and I still love to learn. Children’s books are a great way to do that. This would be a good book for any little girl to learn about the tradition of a henna party. One of the traditions of the henna party is to hide the name of the person you love the most in the decorations on your hands. The illustrations were outstanding. They depicted the beautiful costumes and food along with those attending the Henna party. I would buy this book if I knew a child to give it to. Would also be a great addition to a school or public library. I was given a copy of this for my unbiased review. This is definitely my heartfelt opinion. Highly recommend and look forward to more by this author and illustrator.

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This beautiful story is about a young girl trying to decide which person to honor by putting their name inside her henna design. The art is gorgeous and perfectly pulls you in to the scenes of a festive party. I love the color palette especially. I would love to own a copy of this book and read it aloud to my preschool class.

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I am always looking for more picture books by South Asian authors for our collection, and this book is a wonderful addition to any children's library collection, and will be a hit with many families!

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I received an electronic ARC from Lantana Publishing through NetGalley.
Noor is excited to attend her first Henna Party. Her mother makes sure she understands why the bride and others have patterns painted on their hands and feet before the wedding. She also shares a special game for the bride and groom. The artist hides the groom's name in the design. If he finds it, he wins; if he does not, the bride wins. Noor wants to have a loved one's name painted on her hand too. Readers see her think about each person in her family as the story unfolds. Malik uses a page spread with each person to introduce more about this part of her culture as Noor thinks about including that person's name. In the end, Noor finds the perfect solution and the artist creates a lovely design. Don't miss the author's note at the end of the book. The artwork is beautiful and fun to study for details.
I appreciate this look at an important part of the celebrations and culture.

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