Jeers, Cheers and Jeera: Treasure For Lunch

Wednesday, October 29, 2008.

Treasure for LunchAuthor: Shenaaz Nanji
Illustrator: Yvonne Cathcart
Published: 2000 Second Story Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1896764320

Bhajias, samosas and imaginative snowy play are front and centre in this appetizing tale of friendship, acceptance and the perceived risk of being seen as different.

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Comment by sandhya

October 30, 2008 @ 8:25 am

Thanks for including my review. I agree that the questions that Shehnaaz’s book brought up are still relevant though perhaps in slightly different contexts – but the general experience of kids who are from minority groups wishing their lunches or traditions could be like that of the majority group, that’s not something that’s going away anytime soon, anywhere.

I just wanted to point out Pooja Makhijani’s essay “School Lunch” from the anthology “Women Who Eat” – I think it hits on many of these themes in an adolescent setting:

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Comment by Shenaaz Nanji

October 30, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

I was delighted to hear your review of Treasure for Lunch. Thank You!
One stands out if he or she is different and belongs to a minority group but this diversity can is strength and can be cool.
Many parents after reading this story to their children saw a change in their attitude and thanked me.
One school in Calgary was so inspired, they started an International Festival day when children
bring snacks from their own culture.

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March 31, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

[…] Treasure for Lunch written by Shenaaz Nanji, illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart. “Bhajias, samosas and imaginative snowy play are front and centre in this appetizing tale of friendship, acceptance and the perceived risk of being seen as different.” (Second Story Press, 2000) […]

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