Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review - P Is for Poppadoms!

P Is for Poppadoms!
by Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal
illustrated by Hazel Ito
Date: 2019
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book non-fiction
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

From New York Times bestselling authors Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal comes a charming and unique alphabet book celebrating the rich culture, delicious foods, and fascinating animals of India.

From C for chai to Y for yoga, this fresh alphabet book takes young readers on a spirited journey to discover the people, places, lifestyles, and language of India. Lush illustrations from debut illustrator Hazel Ito bring to life the beauty, wonder, and diversity of this vast and vibrant country.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Aside from a couple of awkwardly phrased sentences, this is a strong alphabet book that teaches readers Hindi words from A to Z. Colourful pictures highlight the text while illustrating a variety of objects, animals, and concepts. There's a nice little explanation about languages in India at the back, as well as a full list of the Hindi words and how they're written in the Devanagari script.

All in all, this is a lovely alphabet book. I haven't seen too many that focus on a language other than English (while simultaneously being aimed at English speakers), so this was a nice find.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.83 out of 5

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