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ARC Review: Usha and the Big Digger by Amitha Jagannath Knight, Illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat

Thank you to Charlesbridge Publishing and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Usha and the Big Digger goes on sale August 13, 2021.

Image via NetGalley

Genre: Picture Book, #OwnVoices
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
Recommend to Others?: Maybe

ABOUT: Celebrate diversity, math, and the power of storytelling!

When sisters Usha and Aarti look up at the stars, they see different things. Aarti sees the Big Dipper, but Usha sees the Big DIGGER. And cousin Gloria sees the Big Kite! Could they all be right? A playful introduction to geometry and spatial relationships, featuring Indian American characters and a note about cultures and constellations.

Storytelling Math celebrates children using math in their daily adventures as they play, build, and discover the world around them. Joyful stories and hands-on activities make it easy for kids and their grown-ups to explore everyday math together. Developed in collaboration with math experts at STEM education nonprofit TERC, under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.


My Review: A cute story with really beautiful illustrations. I like how Usha, her sister, and their cousin each saw something different in the stars. You can’t help but also try to see if other things can be made out of those seven stars. I like how the author includes some information about how other cultures view the Big Dipper.