Tuesday, March 29, 2016

THE WHEELS ON THE TUK TUK by Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal.  Illus by Jess Golden. New York:  Beach Lane Books, 2016.  32p.   PreS - Gr. 1    E PIC

This version of "The Wheels on the Bus" is set in India, exposing readers to new vocabulary commonly used there.  As the title indicates, a tuk tuk is a bus. The bus driver is referred to as "wala" and the money used is a "rupee."  Several other terms such as "yogi" and "chai" are already assimilated into U.S.culture.  The new words fit into the familiar tune well, except for a couple that have to be practiced first to get the beat on the right word.  The illustrations are very large and take over each two-page spread using pastel watercolors in the background and bright tones for the people on the bus and everyone they meet.  Great for read-alouds, and for young readers to step briefly into Indian culture.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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