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Children's Fiction Values & Virtues

The Boy and the Banyan Tree

by (author) Mahtab Narsimhan

illustrated by Dharmali Patel

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Values & Virtues, Asia, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


In a small village, a little boy loves a very old banyan tree and asks her to give him the things he desires. But the banyan tree knows that granting wishes is not the answer, and that gaining skills is a greater gift, so she encourages him to learn how to do things for himself.

With lush illustrations celebrating the landscape of an Indian village, and universal wisdom on every page, The Boy and the Banyan Tree has the makings of a modern classic.

About the authors

Mahtab Narsimhan is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Silver Birch Award winner The Third Eye. Her novel, The Tiffin (Dancing Cat Books, 2011), was nominated for numerous awards in Canada and was recently published in the United Kingdom and Taiwan. Mission Mumbai is her publishing debut in the United States. Mahtab is a native of Mumbai, India, and lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit her online at

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DHARMALI PATEL Patel was born in Mumbai, India. As a kid, she was fascinated with the world of animation. In 2000, she obtained a diploma in Applied Arts with a major in illustration. She is constantly exploring new styles and loves the process of creating illustrations for children’s books. Dharmali lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

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