Treasure for Lunch

By Shenaaz Nanji

Illustrated By Yvonne Cathcart

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Shaira learns to be proud of her grandmother's homemade Indian lunches.

Shaira loves her grandmother and the wonderful Indian foods that she prepares. But the young girl is afraid that her school friends will think them strange. Not wanting to seem weird or different, Shaira attempts to hide the unusual foods her immigrant grandmother sends with her each day. After burying her grandmother’s delights during several lunches, a friend discovers her stash and Shaira reluctantly pulls out today’s treasure. Soon, all of her friends are wanting to trade their lunches for hers. With rich full-colour illustrations, Treasure for Lunch is wonderfully funny – a story about celebrating and being comfortable with one’s heritage. At the same time, it’s a lovely tale of acceptance of difference, and is ideal for children eight and under.

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Publication Date: September 29, 2000

Reading Age: 6 - 8

Genre: Picture Book, Children's Fiction

Product Format: Hardback

Pages: 24

ISBN: 978-1-896764-32-0

Shenaaz Nanji

About the Author

Shenaaz Nanji

Shenaaz Nanji was born in Kenya and now lives with her family in Calgary, Alberta. She is the author of Treasure for Lunch, Teeny Weeny Penny, Grandma’s Heart and The Old Fisherman of Lamu.
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About the Illustrator

Yvonne Cathcart

Popular children’s illustrator Yvonne Cathcart has illustrated ten picture books including Katharine and the Garbage Dump, It’s A Jungle In Here and Being Big.
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