Thursday, December 15, 2016

2016 CYBILS PICTURE BOOK NOMINEE REVIEW: The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by K. Sehgal and S. Sehgal

TITLE: The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk
AUTHORS: Kabir Sehgal &  Surishtha Sehgal
PUBLISHER: Beach Lane Books
/Simon & Schuster

FLAP COPY: Take a ride through an India town as the tuk tuk wheels go round and round!

This delightful spin on "The Wheels on the Bus" brings a lively and colorful twist to a classic nursery rhyme.

SNIPPET:  People in the street jump on and off, on and off, on and off. People on the street jump
on and off, all through the town.

REVIEW: I will admit that I have always loved clever parodies, but let's be honest -- so do kids. They know the tune and some of the words so it is satisfying and familiar, and they learn others, so it is new, different and fun. And, it is not long before their vocabularies have expanded.

In this enjoyable book, two New York Times Best-selling authors offer text that sings and chings through the streets of India. The art is wonderfully engaging, with lots of flavor and unique cultural- specific details for little ones to discover and learn. They will become familiar with transportation (tuk tuk), foreign currency (rupees), language (namaste-ji), past-times (yoga and chanting), common animals (cows, elephants), popular beverage (chai), popular food (poppa-doppa-doms), holiday (diwali) and more.

What a treat for little ones to explore a land so far away, and yet so accessible in this picture book!

Such a fun ride -- one little ones will want to go on again and again.

When my daughter was a toddler to went to a Global Kids class in which she learned about other cultures. Here's a great way to broaden the horizons of little ones without even paying a hefty fee.

4 out of 5 Stars!

NOTE: The reviews stated herein are my own, despite receiving a copy of this book as a 2016 Cybils Panelist.


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