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The Gifts of Wali Dad: A Tale of India and Pakistan
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“No shame can come to such as you,” said one of the peris [to Wali Dad]. “Thought your clothes are poor, in your heart you are a king.”

Although my absolute favourite picture books tend mostly to be the funny or silly ones, throughout my life I’ve always been enchanted as well by folk tales.  The best of these are told with beautiful language and imagery, teach practical lessons without being patronizing to young readers, and immerse us—if only momentarily—in some of the most colourful and appealing parts of other cultures. Read the rest of this entry »

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To Market! To Market!
May 10th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Although I’m not generally given to superlatives, I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to describe To Market! To Market! from India’s Tara Publishing as an extraordinary picture book. Read the rest of this entry »

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Catch That Crocodile!
May 10th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Wh…what!
H…how?
Wh…why?
Wh…which?

CROCODILE!
CROCODILE!
In the ditch!

As always, Anushka Ravishankar has produced a story that is simple but delightful, funny and distinctive.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Today is MY Day
May 10th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

You can tell me to be good

And I’ll sincerely try
You can tell me to eat spinach

And I won’t blink an eye
You can tell me anything you want

And I’ll do as you say

But not today

No, not today

For

TODAY IS MY DAY.

 

What  kid doesn’t wish that just for once they could be in charge?  Read the rest of this entry »

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One, Two, Tree!
Feb 7th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

One dizzy ant totters up the tree.

Two dream lizards follow lazily.

Like all of Anushka Ravishankar’s books that I have thus far encountered, One, Two, Tree! is notable for its inventiveness, originality, clever choice of words, and general uniqueness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alphabets Are Amazing Animals
Feb 7th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

From the back cover:

“There is no end to the things animals get up to, in this quirky world of alphabets . . . . Every page in the book is a story in itself.”

Original, irreverent, and full of joyful absurdities, Alphabets Are Amazing Animals, from India’s Tara Publishing, is everything you could ask for in an alphabet book. Read the rest of this entry »

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