Summary: Bracelets for Bina’s Brothers
When Bina’s mom suggests buying bracelets for Bina’s brothers in celebration of Raksha Bandhan, Bina decides that she’s now old enough to make the bracelets for them instead. Each brother has a different favorite color, and one color they dislike. Bina’s challenge is to make bracelets with two alternating colors: one, their one favorite color and another color they like, while excluding the one color they absolutely do not like. Can she do it?
The Good: Bracelets for Bina’s Brothers
This was such a cute picture book. I enjoyed every page and I loved the connection to math. It might seem like such a simple thing but I was totally engaged following Bina along as she tried to hack the color combinations to please each brother. Speaking of brothers, Bina has such a sweet relationship with all three boys, even if they annoy her sometimes.
The inclusion of Raksha Bandhan blends Indian culture into the story and can prove to be a conversation starter in classrooms. The author also briefly explains the cultural background in a brief note, which adds depth to the story. I also see kids learning a lot from Bina’s color combinations.
Overall: Bracelets for Bina’s Brothers
Bracelets for Bina’s Brothers is a cute picture book with strong STEM connections presented in an engaging way. Sweet sibling dynamics, art, a warm family setting, and Indian culture blend together for an entertaining picture book that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. If you’re on the hunt for picture books about math, crafts, and sibling relationships, this is a good one to try.
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