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The Road to Mumbai Hardcover – August 30, 2004
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PreSchool-Grade 3–This lively romp across India introduces children to aspects of the country's culture and geography. A little girl named Shoba and Fuzzy Patel (her stuffed monkey) fly on their bed to India in the middle of the night to attend Fuzzy's cousin's wedding. They land in the desert and meet a camel, a coconut juice seller, a line of elephants, a group of monks, and a snake charmer, all of whom guide them to Mumbai (Bombay). Fuzzy, described as "a bit of a snob," does not want to invite any of their new friends to the wedding. When Shoba and Fuzzy arrive at the celebration, however, they discover that all of the invitees are unable to attend, but readers can see that the people and animals have followed the pair all along, and soon they're welcomed as guests. Colorful gouache illustrations with folk-art details lend an authentic feel to the story, and their slightly stylized appearance highlights the imaginary aspects of the tale. Younger listeners will enjoy the story and older children can use the map, the note about the name Mumbai, and the illustrated glossary as a springboard to learning more about India. This colorful book is a welcome addition to most collections.–Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI
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PreS-Gr. 2. On the way to attend a monkey wedding in Mumbai (Bombay), Shoba and her monkey, Fuzzy Patel, fly to India ("Let's take the bed. Airplanes are so stuffy"), land in the desert, and ask the way of various creatures, including people, camels, elephants, and a snake with "an artistic temperament and a sensitive stomach." Everyone is helpful and friendly, but Fuzzy certainly doesn't want those creatures ("riffraff" he calls them) at the festivities, and he warns them that the wedding will be "boring." In fact, the wedding turns out to be a disaster--until the riffraff arrive and save the day. Many kids will enjoy the snobbish, impatient voice, and the mischievous fantasy, illustrated in bright pink, purple, and green gouache, as the pajamas-clad kid and her silly alter ego travel and dream. Just as much fun is the solemn back matter with a simple map and glossary. Hazel Rochman
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It is a cute and humorous tale of a little girl named Shoba and her monkey, Fuzzy Patel (insert smiles here) and their journey to Mumbai, via her bed and various other modes of transportation along the way. The story and pictures capture the essence of the people and animals they meet on the road to Fuzzy's cousin's wedding.
Ms. Jeyaveeran has accomplished much in her first book. I look forward to her next one.