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Kite festival in Lahore, Pakistan

Book: King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan

Ages: 5+

Relationship to country: Story takes place in Lahore, Pakistan  

Book in a nutshell: A boy defeats a bully and feels like he is the king of the kite festival


After Afghanistan, I moved over to Pakistan in my world journey. I read King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan. 

This book is about a special day in Lahore, Pakistan called Basant when everyone flies kites. I was very surprised that they did not just fly kites, but they would fight with the kites. They would try to use their kite to knock down other kids' kites, and then they get to keep the kites that they knock down. I learned that some people would put powdered glass or metal spikes on their kite string to help them bring down other people's kites and win the Basant competition. It was allowed!

Malik only has one small kite, but he is a very good kite flyer. Also the kite was small and fast. He fights kite after kite and wins until he is king of Basant. He is so happy he feels like he is flying. Usually I like chapter books, but this was a very good picture book. I felt like I was right there with Malik, helping him fly his kite and defeat a bully. 

While we were reading about Pakistan, my mom, my sister, and I baked paratha. Paratha is supposed to be a flaky, buttery flatbread, but ours did not turn out very well! I spent a long time folding the paratha dough like an envelope, but ghee squeezed out all over the counter and our paratha did not have flaky layers. Maybe we should try again.