Nadia Devi Umadat was born in Canada to parents from Guyana. Umadat is a social worker with an MSW from York University. Her work with Syrian children inspired her first picture book.
Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)
The Most Beautiful Thing I Have Ever Seen
Illustrated by Christine Wei.
Toronto: Second Story Press, 2023.
Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)
A little girl sees her mother’s fear when war comes to their home. Fear is replaced with hope when they board a huge, shiny airplane. When it lands, they are somewhere new, and slowly, it comes to feel like home. There are many new experiences, like the beautiful, fluffy snow. And the shrill school bell that reminds the little girl of the noises of war her family left behind. But with time and love, her family embraces their new life, and it is the most beautiful thing she has ever seen.
Publisher Second Story Press