Breakfasts of India and New Years of India are two beautiful books on India published through crowdfunding by Kutuki!
We are so enthused by the sheer variety and number of books in India. As a next step, we want the books to travel to other parts of India and to the reflect experiences of different people. What does a little girl in Uttarakhand eat for breakfast? We all know about the New Year on January 1st but what about the New Year celebration that takes place in Assam and Punjab or the Parsi New Year?
These two books take children to different homes in the country and introduce them to a variety of cultures.
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My daughter and I loved this book for the sheer variety of food that is depicted in its pages. Remember when we were children and we feasted on the language used to describe food in books by Enid Blyton, JRR Tolkien, and Ernest Hemingway? How we wished that someone could write about Indian food that way!
Breakfasts of India makes our childhood wishes come true! The book describes food to perfection -- crunchy Dal Pawaans, sweet and creamy Chira-doi-gur, misal pav with farsaan on top. Simply yummy, isn't it? My daughter and I also liked the diversity of our country's breakfasts -- sweet, sour, crunchy, soft, creamy, tangy, stuffed or plain.
We celebrate New Year's Day on the 1st of January but we have so many Indian new year festivals -- Gudi Padwa, Baisakhi, Ugadi and more. We do wish the book had mentioned Tamil New Year's or Varusha Pirappu as my mother calls it. We loved the mention of all the other new years! Every page is devoted to a New Year variation and describes in detail how the new year is celebrated.
Illustrated and produced beautifully, these books attracted my daughter as soon as she laid eyes on them. She reads them often, flipping through them or even poring over them.
Both the books are published by Kutuki, a team of award-winning artists, storytellers, educators and musicians passionate about using art to reimagine the way preschoolers all around India learn. You will find the books, stories, stories, and songs they have created on the Kutuk app.