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I'll Go and Come Back - Rajani LaRocca

I'll Go and Come Back

By: Rajani LaRocca, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)

Hardcover | 1 June 2022

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A tender, beautifully illustrated story about a girl in America and her grandmother in India, whose love stretches between languages and cultures – and across the world.

When Jyoti visits her grandmother halfway around the world, she is overwhelmed by the differences between India and home. At first she feels lonely and out of place, but soon, despite a language barrier, she and Sita Pati are able to understand each other. They form a bond – looking at books together, making designs with coloured sand, shopping at the market, playing games, eating chapatis and sipping warm milk with saffron to bring sweet dreams. When it’s time to part, Jyoti doesn’t want to leave, but then she remembers that in Tamil, people don’t say goodbye, they say "I’ll go and come back." Sure enough, the two reunite the next summer when Pati visits Jyoti in America, and it’s Jyoti’s turn to make her grandmother feel welcome. Can they create some special memories that will last until the next time they see each other?

About the Author

Rajani LaRocca was born in Bangalore, India, and immigrated to the US when she was a baby. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, graduated from Harvard with both a BA and an MD, and has worked as a primary care physician since 2001. She is the author of several books for young readers. Rajani LaRocca lives in eastern Massachusetts, USA, with her family.

About the Illustrator

Sara Palacios is the illustrator of My Day With the Panye, How to Code A Sandcastle, Flying Girl, 'Twas Nochebuena, and many more books. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor for her work on Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina, which has been described as "vibrant" and "eclectic." A native of Mexico, Sara graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City with a degree in Digital Graphic Techniques and went on to earn BFA and MFA degrees in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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