DESHPANDE, Chris. British, b. 1950. Genres: Children's non-fiction. Career: Teacher for children ages four to eighteen in Nottingham, London, and Birmingham, England, 1972-; became head of learning support department in a Birmingham 11-18 comprehensive school; author of children's non-fiction books, 1985-. Lecturer in schools and at conferences. Publications: Diwali, 1985; Finger Foods, 1988; Five Stones and Knuckle Bones, 1988; Scrape, Rattle and Blow, 1988; Tea, 1989; Bangles, Badges and Beads, 1990; Silk, 1991. COMPILER (with J. Eccleshare): Spring Tinderbox, 1992; Celebrations, Food, 1993. Address: A. & C. Black Ltd., 35 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4JH, England.