Quiet Time with My Seeya

by Dinalie Dabarera (Author) Dinalie Dabarera (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A lush and endearing picture book about the special days a child spends with her Sinhalese grandfather, her Seeya, despite their language barrier.

Sometimes, the moments that Sona spends with her seeya are quiet. They speak different languages and don't always use words. But they do communicate in other ways.

Sometimes, they're loud. They play dress-up, stomp in puddles, and pretend to be puppies. They cook pittu, tease each other when they're messy, and read to each other, even though they might not understand what the other is saying.

Any time that Sona and Seeya share is special, whether quiet or loud, because they get to spend it together.

Dinalie Dabarera's debut picture book is an achingly tender meditation on the unconditional love that can transcend all languages.

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A visually and textually gorgeous story about love in a multilingual family.

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Dinalie Dabarera
Dinalie Dabarera is the author and illustrator of Quiet Time with Seeya. Her previous book The Cat with the Coloured Tail, written by Gillian Mears, was nominated for the Children's Book Council Australia Award for New Illustrator, as well as multiple other industry awards including an Australian Book Industry Award. She lives and works on unceded Gadigal land (Sydney, Australia). Visit her at dinalie.com.
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Roaring Brook Press
Publication date
March 07, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Grandparent and child

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