Saturday, January 4, 2014

Haiku Book Giveaway - by Kala Ramesh

GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. Thank you to everyone who entered! You'll also notice that two winners were picked. I was overjoyed to come across another copy hiding in my books! Yay! :)


What better way to celebrate the new year than to have a book giveaway! It is a haiku book for children and is undoubtedly the most unique and delightful one I have ever seen! It was written by the very talented haiku poet, Kala Ramesh, and comes straight from India (with a slight detour through London.) :) 

As far as I know, this book is not available anywhere in North America, and this is the last copy I have so don't miss your chance to own this little gem! It is simply called Haiku and is published by Katha Books. 

The deadline to enter is Sunday, January 12th at midnight, Eastern time. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post. 




Here are the book details from the back cover: 

In this lovely compilation, complete with foldout illustrations, Kala Ramesh presents highly evocative and wildly creative Haiku poems that will light up your child's imagination with joy and wonder. With fragments of colourful world nature, animals and magic that is distinctly Indian, the book is sure to conjure immersive mindscapes that no reader will soon forget. 

It also comes with a companion activity book titled My Haiku Moments

Author bio: Kala Ramesh comes from an artistic South Indian family and believes, as her father is fond of saying, "The soil needs to be fertile for the plant to bloom." Kala feels she owes this poetic streak in her to her mother. She has had extensive training in Hindustani classical music. Indian music has taught her to think within and without the box. A Haiku poet since 2005, Kala is keen to see children in India take to Haiku and its genres, and conducts workshops in the art of Haiku writing in schools. 

Illustrator bio: Surabhi Singh is a lively young illustrator and designer from Bijnor, with her ideas curled up inside her curly hair. She revels in caricaturing her family and friends. Haiku is her first ever attempt at illustrating for children. 

And to whet your appetites a bit more, here are two of the haiku you will find in this delightful book: 



My hometown… 

a strong fragrance 

of mango dawn 






afternoon stillness
a dragonfly touching
circles in the pond


a Rafflecopter giveaway

38 comments:

  1. I would love to read this book with my children. I used to teach Haiku to elementary students. Haiku is one of my favorite forms of poetry. Thanks for the contest!

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    1. Hi, Amber! Thank you for entering and good luck! :)

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    2. Thanks! The book and companion are beautiful!

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  2. I would love to win this book because it would be a wonderful thing to share with my children. I'm not very familiar with Haiku and I'd like to open their minds (and my own) to different styles of writing.

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    1. That's wonderful, Wendy! There is so much to love about haiku. It's such a beautiful form of poetry, and a great way to hone your writing skills, too! Good luck to you! :)

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  3. I follow Kala's haiku in haiku journals. She is an amazing poet! I'd love to own a copy of her book. And, of course, I really miss Berry Blue Haiku! Any chance for more children's haiku is a welcomed one! Thanks, Gisele!

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    1. Hi, Julie! It's wonderful to hear from you. I miss BBH, too, and working with my wonderful contributors. Thanks for entering and Happy New Year! :)

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  4. That is one beautiful book! I love beautiful books. A lot of the kids that I read with study poetry and make their own poetry books with all the different kinds of poems. I think they would appreciate this lovely tome.
    Thanks
    Rhythm

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Rhythm, and for entering! Good luck to you and Happy New Year!

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  5. I love to read haiku and related genres written by Kala Ramesh. Many thanks LeBlanc giving an opportunity to know about her haiku book for children. Indeed it is a gift of joy to share them with children.

    Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year.

    Pravat

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    1. Thank you for dropping by, Pravat, and for entering the draw! Good luck and Happy New Year to you and your family as well!

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  6. I think this would be a beautiful unique book to add to my library, along with the activity book, and to read to/with my grandson.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win these.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Lynn! Good luck to you and Happy New Year!

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  7. Looks like a fabulous book! Thank you for the generous giveaway. I have to thank Laura Sassi for directing me to your site.

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    1. Hi, Romelle, and thank you for dropping by. I'm also very thankful that Laura Sassi posted about my giveaway. Good luck to you, and Happy New Year!

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  8. Looks like a beautiful book, Giselle! Thanks for alerting me to your drawing.

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    1. Hi, Tina! I'm so glad to see you dropped by. Thanks for entering, and good luck!

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    1. Hi, Lynn! Thanks for entering, and good luck to you!

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  10. This looks like a beautiful haiku book! Such wonderful writing and inspiration for my own creations. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

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    1. Am working on a kid's haiku collection myself at the moment , and like a magpie, am attracted to any colourful material to heat up a nest above snowline right now. ;-) Seasoned Greenthings!

      Richard Stevenson
      Lethbridge, AB

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    2. Richard, it's so good to hear from you! Good luck with your haiku collection, and Happy New Year!

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  11. It's good to hear from you, Ann! Thanks for dropping in, and Happy New Year!

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  12. Gisele,

    Thanks for putting my book up here.

    It's really nice reading all these comments.
    Even in India haiku is blooming :))

    warmly,
    _kala

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    1. My pleasure, Kala! I'm actually very honoured to be able to feature your delightful book on my blog. Thank you so much for dropping by! *hugs* :)

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  13. Hi, Gisele. Here I am trying my luck again. You know I love haiku and it would be nice to have a copy.
    This haiku reminds me of my hometown too. Love it!
    My hometown… 

    a strong fragrance 

    of mango dawn

    Chrissi 



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    1. Hi, Chrissi! So glad you got your entry in, but sorry your name wasn't picked. I'll be having more giveaways down the road though, so maybe next time! :)

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  14. This sounds great. Twitter thinks they own short thoughts, but Haiku really got there first :) Illustrations are gorgeous.

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    1. So true, Lauri! lol Sorry your name wasn't picked this time around. I'll be running more giveaways down the road though, so maybe next time! :)

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  15. Any book that brings me to a mango dawn is a book I want to own! And share with my grandsons! Thank you for this opportunity.

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    1. Thank you for entering, Barbara! Unfortunately, your name wasn't picked this time around, but I'll be running more book giveaways, so maybe next time!

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  16. What a beautiful book and one I would be proud to have in my library. I am a haiku student, enthralled by the form, soaking in every bit of it's ability to keep me in the now. I started a website and self published a book called White Dog Haiku but know I have much to learn about being a haiku poet.

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    1. Hi, Kathy. When it comes to writing and learning about haiku, I don't think we ever stop being students. Thank you so much for dropping by and entering--I'm sorry your name wasn't picked as a winner, but I'll be running more giveaways, so maybe next time!

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  17. I'd love to read this book with my little neighbor friend, Sara!

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    1. Hey, Melodye! Thanks for dropping by and for entering! So sorry your name wasn't picked this time, but I'll be sure to let you know when I have another giveaway.

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  18. Wow, those haiku samples you posted are gorgeous! What a beautiful book! I'd love to read it with my students. :)

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    1. Hi, Laura! The haiku in this book are definitely superb, and it looks like you got your entry in just under the wire! Sorry your name wasn't picked, but I'll make sure to let you know whenever I have another giveaway.

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  19. Thanks Gisele,
    Who got it ultimately.
    Would love to know from them if they liked the book?!
    love,
    _kala

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