FICTION

Chaiwala!

Owlkids. Oct. 2021. 24p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781771473682.
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PreS-K–The simple joy of indulging in a delicious treat is captured exquisitely in this story about a girl and her mother stopping at a chai vendor’s cart in the midst of their train journey. This brief glimpse at everyday life in India holds universal appeal for young readers, who will relate to the girl’s anticipation as she observes the enticingly detailed ritual of preparing the hot, spicy drink. Paper collage illustrations burst with vibrant colors and textures, complementing the onomatopoeia-rich prose to create a sensory experience that will have readers craving their own steaming cup of chai. In the tradition of Grace Lin’s Dim Sum for Everyone! and Linda Sue Park’s Bee Bim Bop!, this book elevates the experience of savoring a favorite culinary delight and celebrates a cuisine staple that’s as culturally rich as it is nourishing. It provides a jubilant, affirming mirror for children who already know the comforting warmth of a cup of chai, and a welcoming window for those who haven’t yet had the pleasure.
VERDICT A wonderful choice for story time and a first purchase for all collections.–

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