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Dev & Ollie

Devon
Dev has just unwrapped his favourite birthday present…a cool new kite! But there’s a
problem. He doesn’t know how to fly it! Grandpa claims to be an expert and promises
to teach Dev tomorrow but Dev is too impatient.
Ollie, Dev’s magical bedtime owl, comes to the rescue. Together they set off on an
action packed journey to one of the largest kite festivals in the world in Gujarat,
India.
The pleasure of kite flying doesn’t come easy though. Along the way, he encounters a
couple of mishaps and a few bumps on the head. To his surprise, Dev has to work hard
to get his hands on a kite and learn the skill of kite flying.

Finally, fighting through all the hurdles, Dev emerges victorious. When he returns
back home in the morning, he beats Grandpa at his own game!

Dev and Ollie books can be enjoyed by children aged 4+ from any background. They are a truly unique combination of festival experiences, hilarious adventures, and ‘virtual’ sightseeing in India. What’s more, all this is beautifully wrapped around the magical relationship of a child and his bedtime cuddly toy.

My Thoughts

Full of color, wonder and adventure even my 8 month old enjoyed the pictures as I read the story to her!  I greatly enjoyed the imagination in the story as well as the little tidbits of kite knowledge dropped throughout the book.

The book is full of brightly colored, well drawn pictures giving the eyes plenty to keep them busy!  Even my 6

month old was fascinated with the pictures!

I will be giving away 1 copies to 2 lucky winners!!!

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About the Author

author

I created Dev and Ollie following a ‘light bulb’ moment at
a festival in Watford, England.
Indian by origin and having grown up in Japan, I now live
in England with my family. My upbringing has been that
of a global citizen. And after having children, I am keen
for my children to be global citizens while also to be
proud of their own culture and heritage.
As a mother of two young children and a British Indian,
I’m forever exploring ways to impart cultural knowledge
to them. Also, my children are avid readers and adding
variety to their bookshelf is something I actively work on.
My mission is for children not just to be reading well, but
to be well read. Realising that this can be easily
achieved if children can relate to the characters in a
book, Dev and Ollie were created – Dev, a cheeky,
curious and sometimes clumsy boy and Ollie his magical
bedtime cuddly owl.
What sparked their conception was an Indian cultural festival experience in England. Festivals
evoke the best of any culture! Colour, noise, excitement, family, laughter – all are perfect
ingredients for children’s stories with a universal appeal.
During my time in India from 1995 to 1999 for my undergraduate degree in computer science, I
traveled extensively within India. That’s when I experienced an array of amazing festivals.
Kite Crazy is about one such experience. One of my most cherished memories is the annual
kite festival in Gujarat, India…flying kites on the rooftop with cousins from dawn till dusk. Food,
drinks, piles of kites, everything would be planned for. We’d fight to have a go (because we had
fewer kites remaining than the number of cousins!). Then seconds later, we’d be ganging up
and competing against others on neighbouring roof terraces.
I’m working on many more Dev and Ollie books to be released soon, not just about festivals in
India, but unique festivals around the world that haven’t been discovered on an international
level…festivals that children will love to read about! In fact, I’ve had tremendous fun researching
such festivals, so much so that my bucket list now includes some of them (Tomatina Festival in
Spain and Snow & Ice Festival in China)!

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Originally posted 2015-09-16 00:01:27.

Back To School Lunch Snack

Back to School Snack Packs

So, in my house we eat a LOT of fresh strawberries and I HATE throwing things away, so the containers remained long after the strawberries were consumed…  All summer I’ve been putting them away until I had my brilliant use for them.  The other night it hit me: use them to store snacks for lunches!!!  Yay Me!!!   Some additional things I made for the containers were some with cookies, pretzels, and I’m adding mini muffins.  We put them in the freezer, and at the beginning of each week Monkey will pick out five snacks to put in her lunches.  This way, we don’t have to buy chips and I can sneak in some nutrition!!!  *Evil Laugh*
I made some snack mixes, placing them in snack size portion baggies and started using the containers!!!  I was so pleased with myself!!!  My family could care less.  LOL.  That’s okay, I’m still pleased!  So, here are the ‘recipes’ I came up with.  There aren’t any measurements, as I put as much of each ingredient as I wanted.  I used stuff we had on hand, such as the packages of cereal in the huge ziplock that wasn’t enough for a bowl but I just couldn’t waste!  In a valiant effort, if I do say so myself, not to spend money, I chose to use what I had on hand.  All except for a bag of pretzels, we don’t usually buy them so I did purchase those.  So basically, the cost to make these was summed up into the purchase of the pretzels!  (Again, I’m pleased with this here at the zoo!!!)

 

This mixture is whole wheat cheerios, pretzels, raisins and sprinkled some sugar cinnamon mix on .  Mixed and divided into baggies.  Yummy!!!

 

This mix is strawberry wheaties, chex cereal, raisins, and pretzels.  I didn’t add sugar or anything to this one since the wheaties had a strong strawberry flavor.
When I started, I had these grand pictures in my mind as to how to decorate the containers, then I realized that I was going to be storing them in the freezer and that just wouldn’t work.  So on the inside of the container, I taped in a label.  Voila!  Not pretty, but functional and handy!!!

 

Ideas for Snack Packs

  1. Chex Mix
  2. Dried Fruit
  3. Fruit and Nut Mix
  4. Mini Muffins, 3 per bag
  5. Pretzels
  6. Peanuts
  7. Grapes (gotta have an insulated lunch sack for this one!)
  8. Apple slices (put a little lemon juice on them to keep them from browning)
  9. Mini Cupcakes (I’d stick with two for these!
  10. Cookies/Brownies (if you are like me and can’t make small cookies, use the sandwich bags!)

 

Originally posted 2011-08-13 02:47:00.