|Wheels on the tuk tuk|
Author: Sehgal, Kabir
In this twist on the classic song "The Wheels on the Bus," the wheels on the tuk tuk go round and round all over the city in India.
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||Sehgal, Surishtha|
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 503187
School Library Journal (+) (00/11/15)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/01/2015 This joins a legion of wheels-on-the-bus books but with a distinctly urban Indian flavor. Readers from within the culture will be delighted to recognize language, customs, and familiar scenes. Newcomers will learn that a tuk tuk is a three-wheeled minibus, money is called rupees, namaste is a respectful greeting, and sometimes cows doze in the middle of the street, so the driver has no choice but to stop the tuk tuk and let the passengers drink chai and eat “poppa-doppa-dums.” It’s a bumpy, jam-packed ride and lots of fun, especially with a Diwali party at the end. At times, the book seems to be trying to include too many cultural tropes but the charming illustrations in watercolor and crayon render the urban Indian setting in simple, authentic detail. The expressive faces of the tuk tuk riders show just how thrilling and precarious the ride can be. Hop on! - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2015 PreS-Gr 2—This adaptation of "The Wheels on the Bus" is set in a city in India aboard a tuk tuk, an auto rickshaw used by many for public transportation. The tuk tuk wala, or driver, travels throughout the city picking up more and more passengers as they travel to a Diwali celebration. Along the way, they encounter a cow blocking the street, a chanting yogi, an elephant decorated in paint, and some local fare, including papadoms and chai. The illustrations are vibrant with pastels and bright watercolors and the amalgam of people, animals, foods, and buildings blend together effectively to transport readers to a location with which many children will not be familiar. Every detail in the illustrations feels deliberate and organic to the locale. An author's note is included that shares a brief narrative from the events that inspired this adaptation, as well as a definition of some of the terms used in the story. VERDICT An enjoyable and original picture book that will allow readers to experience a different culture while maintaining the familiarity to a classic childhood song.—Matthew C. Winner, Ducketts Lane Elementary School, Elkridge, MD - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.