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Finders Keepers? (India Unveiled Childrens Series, 1)

by Robert A. Arnett

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With a journey to a new country, the main character is experiencing a new culture. He is busing through the country of India and learning their customs.

This is a good story to read to bring different cultures that are in your classroom. This book might also include the culture of a student in your class and can make them feel more like they fit into the classroom.

An activity that I would do would be a writing prompt. I would have the students write about a place that they want travel through and why. ( )
  kmedwa4950 | Dec 1, 2016 |
A lost, found, and returned wallet is the plot of this story that is a lovely vignette about following that small voice inside that tells you what is right. Respect for all people and a bit about Hinduism weave in and out of the storyline.
  NEYM_RE_Library | Dec 3, 2013 |
Arnett’s Finders Keepers is a unique resource for young children. Part travelogue, part ethics study, part cultural education, the book introduces readers to the culture, landscape and language of India while relaying an inspiring true story from Arnett’s own travels. When visiting a village in India, Arnett lost his wallet; a small boy returned the wallet and refused to accept a reward, saying he was simply “doing the right thing.” This simple moral lesson says a great deal about Indian culture, the concept of dharma, and the obvious contrast between the young Indian boy’s value of doing the right thing, and the traditional American taunt of “finders keepers, losers weepers!” from which the book takes its name. Beyond the moral message of the book, beautiful illustrations depict the dress, landscape, and traditional artistic themes of India. Key terms are introduced throughout the story, supported by an included glossary and pronunciation guide. Overall, Finders Keepers provides a firm introduction to Indian culture, values and society.
This book is worthy of note by librarians for several reasons. It has won multiple awards, including the Mom’s Choice Award for Best Educational Picture Book, the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for a multicultural book, and the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. The book’s content is able to engage children of various ages: younger readers will appreciate the illustrations, while older readers will also absorb the cultural material and deeper lessons. And, paired with Arnett’s India Unveiled for adults, Finders Keepers can form part of a family reading experience, be it in preparation for an actual journey to India, or simply for enrichment at home. ( )
  roethkegrrl | Feb 28, 2010 |
This book, winner of a handful of awards, centers on a man's travels in India. He travels the country, exposing the reader to some of the cultural features of India, including (but not limited to) language, destination places, and clothing. In addition, he provides anecdotal examples of the kindness of India's native people toward travelers and encourages tolerance of other cultures. The images are engaging, even if the text is a bit boring.

This book could be wisely used as a part of a series on travel. Its positive themes could allay any fears children might have about visiting foreign countries. The book helps to humanize people of other cultures and breed acceptance in young readers, particularly those who have not partaken in any sort of travel abroad. The themes that set children at ease will also foster a sense of compassion. Because of this, this title would not be out of place in a special collection focusing on respect and tolerance, both of other cultures and of human beings in general. ( )
  cjomalley | Feb 25, 2010 |
Finders Keepers was a great book to teach children of all religions and faiths. It was a story told by a boy of India. This story teaches values and morals shared by most people.

This was a beautiful story with wonderful pictures that will take you to another world. I very much enjoyed this story and illustrations.

This book can be extended by learning other facts about the Indian culture and trying their food and seeing their cloths.
  Doris.Biegler | Nov 19, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0965290026, Hardcover)

Timeless and universal values of honesty, respect, doing the right thing, and brotherhood are emphasized in this vividly illustrated absorbing book set in India. This charming book has earned several literary awards including a Mom's Choice Award for Best Educational Picture Book, a Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best Multicultural Book, two Independent Publisher's Awards, and The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.

The charming true story set in India is about a boy who found the author's wallet and could not understand why he should be rewarded for returning to the author what was his. The concept of accepting a reward for doing the right thing made no sense to him!

The delightful, vividly colorful illustrations take children on a picturesque, fun-filled journey through the exotic land. Though the setting is in India, the message is timeless and universal. With such beautiful illustrations and story, Finders Keepers? is an excellent picture book for parents and educators seeking to introduce children to lands beyond their borders. A great character education and a multicultural book.

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Emphasizes important universal values for children.

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