Bringing Asha Home
Publication Date: September 2006
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It's Rakhi, the Hindu holiday special to brothers and sisters, and Arun wishes he had a sister with whom to celebrate. Soon it looks as if his wish will come true. His parents are going to adopt a baby girl named Asha. She is coming all the way from India, where Arun's dad was born.
The family prepares for Asha's arrival, not knowing it will be almost a year until they receive governmental approval to bring Asha home. Arun is impatient and struggles to accept the long delay, but as time passes he finds his own special ways to build a bond with his sister, who is still halfway around the world.
With warmth and honesty, this tender story taps into the feelings of longing, love and joy that adoption brings to many families. Readers will find reassurance knowing there is more than one way to become part of a loving family.
Ruth Jeyaveeran was born in Africa, raised in the Midwest, and currently paints in Brooklyn. Like Sophie, she s slightly obsessed with skateboarding. Unlike Sophie, she s unwilling to suffer broken bones for her art. The rest of the time Ruth brightens up her dimly lit basement studio with the illustrations for her children s books. She s hard at work on her third one right now.