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The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme Hardcover – September 21, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Tara Books (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9380340060
  • ISBN-13: 978-9380340067
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,423,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3–Part narrative, part original poetry, this book relates a day in the life of two sisters who live in a rural village in India. Churki and Burki start their day with a breakfast of millet and greens outside while listening to the rooster call "Kikiree-kee!" Afterward they help to gather firewood, play games with friends, go fishing with their father, pick vegetables, and end the day with a big pot of curry. The girls sing a little rhyme wherever they go. To an American picture book audience, the book is wordy and unfocused. The rhyming sequences aren't distinguished from the narrative, and aspects of daily life are mentioned without elaboration. A seemingly dramatic incident in which Churki and Burki encounter a group of women up in a tree and realize that wild jackals have come to eat their corn is handled as just another episode in the sisters' day. However, this title may have powerful resonance for Indian immigrants wishing to share village culture from their home country with the next generation. Beautiful line drawings in the Gond folk style of central India–cat-eyed figures filled with hennalike embellishments and tropical hues–are printed on heavy cream pages. Purchase where there is a significant Indian community or as a supplement to multicultural units.Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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In a Central Indian village, Churki and Burki, two young sisters, help their parents and play near their house. The girls enjoy their traditional life. From the time they wake up in the morning until they fall asleep at night, the sisters make up rhymes to go with each activity, from playing on a homemade see-saw--"...Tadak-tadak / Kukurukoo / Tadak-tadak, / I want to play too!"--to thinking about all the food items in their dinner: fish, corn, beans, pumpkin and rice. Although the rhymes are not from traditional sources, the animal sounds and nonsense syllables may be from this area and will easily be picked up and repeated by North American children. Some of the rhymes don't scan as well as others, but the prose and poetry work together to give an accessible description of village life. Bai uses her characteristic natural colors and intriguing Gond regional style, filling her pictures with cross-hatching and designs on creamy ecru paper, that she also employed in the wonderful The Old Animals' Forest Band, by Sirish Rao (2008). An intriguing and refreshing look at a faraway place. (Picture book. 4-7) --Kirkus Reviews

Churki and Burki, two sisters from a tribal village in India, love sound and rhyme and silly songs. From the moment they wake up to the rooster's "Kikiree-kee!" to the time they go to sleep under the twinkling stars, they play and sing songs to describe everything they see and do. Durga Bai is a well-known artist in the south Indian Gond tradition, and her folk art illustrations add color and life to Gita Wolf's happy tale. Published by a collective of writers and artists located in South India; for ages 4-8. (October) --ForeWord Reviews

"An intriguing and refreshing look at a faraway place." -- Kirkus Reviews, September 2010

"A magical picture book ... filled with poetry, music, nonsense and brightly etched illustrations in the Gond tradition. Readers and listeners will know they are in an enchanted world where sights, sounds and senses are dazzled by differences." --Midwest Book Review, October 2010

"Beautiful line drawings in the Gond folk style" --School Library Journal, September 2010

"A charming and respectful day-in-the-life-of story of two sisters. Young readers will be delighted to join the girls in their vibrant village life." --Paper Tigers, October 2010

"Full of funny rhymes that will make your children laugh ... sweet tribal themed illustrations .. a charming read." -- Parenting Magazine (India) August 2010

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Format: Hardcover
"The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme" is a magical picture book for preschoolers and toddlers that takes the reader into the exotic, rural world of Churki and Burki, two village girls of Central India. Filled with poetry, music, nonsense, and brightly etched illustrations in the Gond tradition, "The Churki-Burki book of Rhyme" describes daily activities such as gathering corn, driving off jackals and parrots from the corn fields, going fishing, gathering wood, and playing outdoors. From the call of the rooster in the morning ("Kikiree-kee!") to the Spider's Web game the children play with friends, readers and listeners will know they are in an enchanted world where sights, sounds, and senses are dazzled by differences.
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