It is Onam and Meera is excited! She can’t wait for her dad to fry plantain chips for the Onam feast and to help her mom make the pookolam (flower rangoli). When Meera gets her chance to make her own pookolam this year, she wants it to be perfect and the colors she chooses to be special. Meera also misses her Ammachi, especially since this year will be their first Onam without Ammachi. Does Meera get to make her perfect pookolam and also honor her Ammachi? The book is a lovely representation of Onam celebrations in the US, with friends and family getting together for the feast and celebrations. The traditional Kerala sari, the pappadums, the pookolams and of course, the sadya (feast) are illustrated beautifully. We get a little glimpse of the story of King Mahabali and reason we celebrate Onam, but most of all it is a tale of connections - to family, to heritage and to continued traditions wherever we may be. We especially love that the font is dyslexic friendly. A wonderful book for Onam and beyond.