Busy Bees

April's book

Tamarind and the Star of Ishta by Jasbinder Bilan

Tamarind never knew her mum and she’s full of questions; but when she travels to India to meet her family – all she finds is silence. Exploring her ancestral home, and the wild gardens that surround it, Tamarind must follow a trickle of clues to unravel the mystery at the heart of who she is. A heartstoppingly beautiful tale, infused with magic, that will transport you to the Himalayas.

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For readers aged around 9 – 12 years who are enjoying chapter books and are ready for more challenging stories.

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Tamarind and the Star of Ishta

by Jasbinder Bilan
Published by Chicken House Books

Inspiring Creativity

Each creative prompt card includes at least 4 ideas, for example:

  • Creating a story or poem inspired by the themes, language or characters in the book, and some steps to get you started.
  • Suggestions for creating art work based on ideas in the book– you might draw costumes for the characters, or create atmospheric paintings from details in the story.
  • A recipe for a fantastic feast featured in the story, so you can enjoy your own edible treats alongside the characters
  • Ideas to prompt your inner actor or playwright to imagine what happens next after you close the book

– the list is endless, it all depends on what creative connections the book itself sparks!

You don’t need any special art supplies or equipment to take part in the activities – just your amazing brain and regular things you’d find at home, such as pens, crayons, paper and glue.

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