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Room in Your Heart - KitaabWorld

Room in Your Heart

$ 19.95

This delightful, and insightful, tale is told by one of Bhutan's leading writers, Kunzang Choden. "Neypo shong gna? Is there room for me?" a wandering monk asks the little old lady who lives on the hill. The question is repeated again and again as more and more visitors come by.

The kind lady welcomes them in, one by one. And the story ends with the teaching: “There will always be room in your home, as long as there is room in your heart.” Along with Aunty Mouse, this charming picture book makes perfect bedtime reading for youngsters, and is beautifully illustrated with evocative watercolors of the Bhutanese landscapes and people by Pema Tshering

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"An old woman who lives in a tiny house in the mountains is hailed by many travelers who ask “Is there room for me?”  Her secret for fitting so many visitors into her small home is the heart-warming message of this Bhutanese folktale. (Grades K-3)" - Highly commended book, South Asia Book Award, 2019

Age: 4 and up
Language: English
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 38
Publisher: KitaabWorld
Author: Kunzang Choden
Dimensions: 8.07 x 10.24 inches
ISBN-13: 978 81 8988495

"A simple and sweet introduction to Bhutanese culture that’s as unvarnished as its protagonist’s home." - Kirkus Review

"Room in Your Heart" is a thoroughly charming tale for children 3 to 6 that also contains an important teaching about openness and generosity of spirit." - MidWest Book Review

"This endearing story offers young readers more than an introduction to Bhutan–it offers a memorable story that can serve as a touchstone text for opening room in your students’ hearts throughout the year." - The Classroom Bookshelf, A School Library Journal Blog

"Room in Your Heart revolves around the virtue of hospitality – a central belief and practice in Bhutan – as well other universal messages including generosity, kindness, hospitality, sharing, caring, respect, and empathy." Barefoot Librarian

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Based on 5 reviews
A Universal Story

Room in Your Heart is a heartwarming little vignette with beautiful illustrations, reminding us that generosity is universal and one of our biggest strengths as citizens of this world.


Room in Your Heart

Lovely folktale

Room in Your Heart is a beautiful story of a woman who, despite having so little herself, welcomes those in need who appear at her door. Wonderful way to teach children about generosity, and that “there will always be room in your home, as long as there is room in your heart.” See more here:

A Charming Tale

The beautiful illustrations perfectly compliment this tale of kindness originating from Bhutan. Additional fun facts about the country are printed in the back including a note informing readers that until recently there were no hotels in Bhutan and travelers could ask to stay in anyone’s house giving inspiration to this story. There can never be enough books demonstrating kindness and children are sure to enjoy this charming offering. See more here:

On openness and generosity of spirit

In this tale, a charming old lady in a small one-room home offers hospitality to a monk, a messenger, a traveler and so on without even the slightest hesitation. The lyrical text paired with soft watercolors is a perfect combination for this tale of openness and love for all. See more here:

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