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King for a Day

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 spe

  • Title: King for a Day
  • Author: Rukhsana Khan Christine Krömer
  • ISBN: 9781600606595
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 oBasant 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.

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    1. I wish this were more about Basant and less about a bully. Although the note at the end is informative and interesting -- I wanted more festival!

    2. It is Basant in the city of Lahore, Pakistan and Malik has only made one kite to use in the kite battles over the city. Malik is still sure of himself though, eager to show how fast his Falcon kite is. Malik is especially interested in teaching the bully who lives next door a lesson for all of the times he’s said horrible things to Malik and his sister. He also dreams of being the king of Basant, the best kite fighter in the city. Malik spends his day freeing other kites by cutting their strin [...]

    3. Basant celebrates the arrival of spring in Pakistan, and one boy, Malik, has designed an especially sound kite that he uses in several kite battles. Older readers of The Kite Runner will recognize the way the kite owners compete, cutting the strings of other kites to make them fall to the ground. Malik uses the kite he thinks of as the Falcon to engage in fierce competition with the bully next door. The text and mixed media collage illustrations provide interesting written and visual information [...]

    4. Today I read this book to my third grade students, and although the setting of the picture book is Pakistan, I presumed the illustrations with "foreign" script were in Pashto or Urdu. When my kids looked at the illustration, they all, in unison, said, "That's Arabic." And while many can speak Arabic, or understand it, only one student could read it. All of a sudden, that was enough to make the entire group perk up. Because there was not one single student from Pakistan in our diverse group, I he [...]

    5. 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 te [...]

    6. 10/29/2017 ** Beautiful illustrations; interesting introduction to a holiday celebrated in Pakistan. The bully lacked complexity - name calling, temper tantrum when he lost, and taking a kite from another child. I wanted to know more of his internal story. The protagonist was more multi-faceted; he showed skill, gave a victim a kite, but also used the accepted practice of using special kite string that would cut others' strings. The main character is in a wheel chair, though that is not the poin [...]

    7. I'm delighted to have learned about Basant and the creativity and competition that goes into the kites that adorn the sky in Lahore in springtime. I wonder how many places around the world have celebrations that take to the sky. I'm reminded of a hot air balloon festival and contest in Taungyi, Burma to celebrate the end of the rainy season.

    8. Basant (ba-SANT), as explained in the small glossary at the front of this book, is a spring kite festival celebrated all across South Asia. The origins of the festival are described in more depth at the end of the book.The story takes place in Lahore, in the Punjab Province in Pakistan. Malik is a young boy, wheelchair bound (this is only shown in illustrations but never mentioned), who aspires to be “King of Basant” by being the best kite fighter, and especially, by beating the bully next d [...]

    9. Join Malik as he lets his kite, Falcon, soar over the city of Lahore in celebration of Basant, the festival of spring.

    10. 1)Text-to-World Connection: King for a Day is about the spring celebration Basant, which is celebrated in Lahore, Pakistan. It is a kite festival that started with a Hindu celebration that marked the end of winter. It became so popular that it crossed religious and cultural boundaries so that many countries in the Middle East began to celebrate a version of Basant. Participants in Basant spend months preparing beautiful kites and they fly them from the rooftops of their houses. There are kite ba [...]

    11. Loved learning about a new holiday and appreciated that the protagonist is in a wheelchair but that isn't relevant to the story. A tad text heavy.

    12. This book reminds me of Kite Runner.It talks about Basant, a traditional kite festival, where everyone makes kites to battle. It's a festival that often represents the beginning of spring too. This story takes place in Pakistan and follows young Malik who becomes the king for a day when he collects so many kites. The authors note in the back about basant is really cool, because not only does it talk about traditionally, but also what's happening with the festival in the current times. Apparently [...]

    13. King for a Day (published in 2014 by Lee & Low) is written by Rukhsana Khan and illustrated by Christiane Krömer. King for a Day was recognized as the Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books of the Year 2014, Kirkus Best Books of the Year 2014, and was selected as a Junior Library Guild Choice 2013, among others. Set in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, King for a Day chronicles the spring festival of Basant by focusing on the kite-flying battles. The main character, Malik, has designed a sp [...]

    14. Text-to-Self Connection: This story reminded me of a time I was so eager to win a competition. I was dedicated to being the best. However, when a peer was hurt in the process, I knew it was right to help her instead of keep focusing on myself.Rationale: King for a Day is culturally specific because because the setting and characters are in Pakistan. The culture of this region of the world is represented in the type of dress, religion, geography, type of home, traditions/celebrations as depicted [...]

    15. 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. 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 [...]

    16. Master storyteller Rukhsana Khan has written a celebratory story about a boy who is clearly more focused on his abilities than his confinement to a wheelchair. Choosing a child with physical challenges will inspire other children. Malik has talent, technique, self-confidence, and determination. He wants to win the annual kite battle in Lahore. And, Malik beats his bully neighbor with his kite-flying skills and not hurtful words. Khan has turned this centuries-old tradition into a contemporary st [...]

    17. I have two things that I don't get excited to see in global and multicultural books. Kite and dragons.is story is though it has so much symbolic indications as Malik enjoys his kite and the day and night for flying the kite.Unikie some bad Asian books give too much traditional seriousness to kite, this book is a part of contemporary childhood where " Big kites, little kites, fancy and plain, and even kites made of old newspapers" fly. I haven't seen a picture book that the main protagonist sits [...]

    18. Malik is determined to be the king of kites on the feast day of Basant, in Lahore, Pakistan. He designed his kite Falcon for speed. Very maneuverable, Falcon allows him to cut the strings of many other kites, including the one of his nemesis from across the road, and gather many others. At the end of the day, he helps a girl after the bully steals her kite. The gorgeous Illustrations are collage, with brilliant splashes of color in the clothing and the kites. Malik is wheelchair bound, but that [...]

    19. This story is told of a little boy who sits in a wheelchair on his rooftop and readies for the kite flying celebration in Lahore, Pakistan. The festival is named Basant, is a festival that crosses all religious boundaries. This is fictional, but includes the kite flying and the boy winning, defeating many others, including a neighbor who’s a bully. The festivals must be amazing to see with many kites filing the air at the same time. The illustrations are cleverly done collages of textured pape [...]

    20. The festival of Basant is being celebrated in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. During Basant, kites do battle from rooftops. Malik is in a wheelchair but he still takes part in the kite battles and comes out as the champion even defeating the local bully. This is a great story about not letting a disability limit you. I liked how the wheelchair is never mentioned nor does it seem to be an issue at all for Malik. He does battle just like all the other children. I like that this book also highlights [...]

    21. This was a delightful picture book about a boy who makes a kite that contends in the huge kite-flying festival for the Basant springtime celebration in Lahore, Pakistan. The boy in question happens to be in a wheelchair, there's a sister, a nextdoor bully, and there's competition. The artwork is subtle except for the gorgeous, colorful kites. This is a fantastic book, a fantastic introduction to a culture and a holiday, a great depiction of a character with a disability that isn't germane to the [...]

    22. Age: Preschool-2nd gradeCountry: PakistanArt: Mixed-media collageThe art in this book is impeccably crafted, full of different textiles, angles, and color. A child could spend a long time soaking up the beauty of it. Added to the intriguing art is a simple story by Pakistani born Khan of kite fighting, a fun sport where kite flyers try to snip down kites around them until they are the last one flying. Malik, our celebrated kite fighter, has pride in his small, fast kite which goes on to take dow [...]

    23. The holiday Basant is brought to children in this story that puts the neighborhood bully in his place. So was it more about the bully or about the holiday? No reference to the fact that the boy is in a wheelchair, so I wonder the significance of that. Reminds me of the "Kite Runner", but that may show my lack of knowledge of Pakistan & Afghanistan. Colorful, collage illustrations mostly support the text. This book could be used in continent studies to introduce students to the Pakistani cult [...]

    24. I had not really heard of the festival and Basant and so this book was a great find. I actually liked that they talked about the bully and never gave him a name. I read a long way before I used to illustrations to realize that the narrator is wheelchair bound. I can see teachers using this as a read aloud to discuss inference and prior to kite making or flying units. It would be wonderful with lots of background information as well. I absolutely loved the Big Red Lollipop so this was a fun find. [...]

    25. A young Pakistani boy in a wheelchair triumphantly flies a kite called falcon during the kite flying festival of Basant. He is able to topple the neighborhood bully and win so many kite battles that at the end of the day he can distribute kite largess to deserving children. Yes the story is rife with wish-fulfillment but I think it will genuinely appeal to kids and help them identify with a part of the world that doesn't get a lot of good press. I also think all kids identify with a smaller less [...]

    26. 2 1/2 stars. A good introduction to kite fighting. The main character is in a wheel-chair, but no mention is made of the fact. You can just see in the pictures. I did have an issue with how the book dealt with bullying. The neighbor is called a bully, and we see that he is because he calls people names and steals a kite from a younger kid. But the main character has his kite attack and cripple and capture many other kids' kites, and there is no explanation as to why that is not bullying.

    27. If there was ever a book that combined everything I love about reading this is it! Taking place in Lahore, young Malik and his sibs participate in the annual kite festival. What I love about this book is that young Malik is in a wheelchair! I love that he is differently abled and while his representation is noted it's not THE thing that the book hangs on. He's just a boy who's wicked good at flying a kite. 90 thousand star rating. Thank you Lee & Low for this book!

    28. Young Malik has planned carefully for the holiday of Basant and its traditional kite battles. Malik has only one kite, which he names Falcon, but it's faster and deadlier than all of the others, and Malik is successful in bringing many other kites out of the sky. One particular encounter with the neighborhood bully is especially fulfilling.The illustrations are colorful and nicely textured. An author's note at the end explains more about the history of Basant in the country of Pakistan.

    29. This is a lovely look at the kite festival, Basant. The pictures are wonderfully unique, but I wasn't as thrilled with the story itself. There is a very strong focus on the bully of the town and how he receives his comeuppance at the end of the story--everyone likes a good underdog story, but I felt that this book was more about that rivalry than about the festival.Good for early elementary readers who are learning about other cultures.

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