King for a Day
Basant is here, with feasts and parties to celebrate the arrival of spring. But what Malik is looking forward to most is doing battle from his rooftop with Falcon, the special kite he has built for speed. Today is Malik s chance to be the best kite fighter, the king of Basant. In two fierce battles, Malik takes down the kites flown by the bully next door.
Then Malik moves on, guiding Falcon into leaps, swirls, and dives, slashing strings and plucking kites from the sky. By the end of the day, Malik has a big pile of captured kites. He is the king! But then the bully reappears, trying to take a kite from a girl in the alley below.
With a sudden act of kingly generosity, Malik finds the perfect way to help the girl. This lively, contemporary story introduces readers to a centuries-old festival and the traditional sport of kite fighting, and to a spirited, determined young boy who masters the sport while finding his own way to face and overcome life's challenges.Age: 5+
Number of Pages: 32
Author: Rukhsana Khan (Author), Christiane Kromer (Illustrator)
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
SABA Highly Commended Book. From SABA "Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Malik endeavors to capture the most kites during Basant, the spring festival of kites in Lahore, Pakistan, and become “king” of this special day. (PreK-Grade 2)."
KitaabWorld Book Review: In this beautifully illustrated book, the textured landscapes of Lahore come alive to celebrate the spring festival of Basant with a kite flying competition. Malik, a young disabled boy, too has been planning for this day by making a special kite with which he wants to rule the skies. The story focusses on Malik’s strength of character - a thoughtful boy who stands up to the bully, works together with his siblings, and shows kindness to a young girl. Author Rukhsana Khan is a connoisseur of telling great stories about young children while subtly weaving in their cultural contexts. (Lesson plan available here and read Rukhsana Khan's interview here.)
This book is also part of our MUSLIM KIDS AS HEROES book list.