Hello everyone, and welcome back! 

Becky, a Youth services librarian and author of the book blog In the Pages, has a review up today, and… tatam… a giveway ! Stop by for a chance to win a copy of Amadi’s Snowman.

And now, as promised yesterday, the questions asked by the children of Nsukka to the children of Hyderabad, and the answers :
1. Does snow fall in India?  What is your weather like?  
Yes, snow falls in India, but not in the south, where we live. In the North, up in the mountains of the Himalayas, there is snow.

2. How many seasons do you have?  Is it different in northern and southern India?  (We notice that southern India is also near the Equator.)
We have three seasons, Winter, Summer, and Monsoon, which is the rainy season. The difference between the North and the South is mainly in the temperatures. It gets cool in the south during the winter, but in the northern parts of India it gets really cold.

3. How many religions do you have?  What are your major religions?  Are there Christians in India?  Christianity is the major religion in Igboland.

We have four major religions and all are represented in our two classes: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Sikhism. Buddhism and Jainism exist in India as well, but they are not as big. Hinduism is the largest one.
4. What are your favourite foods?

We love pizzas, and pasta, even though they are not typically Indian dishes. We also love Paneer Butter Masala, which is a dish made with paneer (South Asian cheese) cooked in a buttery tomato sauce. In India, a lot of people are strictly vegetarian, which means they don’t eat any meat, fish or poultry, and sometimes not even eggs. 

5. What are your favourite sports?  We like football, chess, table tennis, basketball.

We also like football and cricket. And also badmington, tennis, and indoor games like chess or carrom.

And this concludes our visits at the Vidyaranya School of Hyderabad, in India.


“Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! a message to us from the dead — from human souls we never saw, who lived, perhaps, thousand of miles away. And yet these, in those little sheets of paper, speak to us, arouse us, terrify us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers.” Charles Kingsley

Tomorrow will be another busy day : I have a conversation with Amy Lundebrek, author of Under the Night Sky, also published at Tilbury House ; we begin a two-week-long author chat on Library Things; and we continue with our “Where in The World is Amadi?” feature. See you then…


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