Thukpa for All

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$13.95  $12.97
Karadi Tales Picturebooks
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9.8 X 0.4 X 9.6 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Sheela Preuitt enjoys writing nonfiction books on STEM topics for children. She is awed by the unfathomable magnitude of our universe and loves to share that admiration with the young readers through her books. She has a masters in Science Education, a masters in Computer Science, and ten published books.
Sheela Preuitt & Praba Ram love stories of all sorts. Stories about children, about animals, about food and crafts, about mountains, about prehistoric life, about space, and just about everything in our universe. As children's authors, they find it essential, and immensely gratifying, to share inclusive narratives showcasing kids who simply want to be who they are. When they are not seeking wisdom from their fuzzy-tailed feline friends, their other purr-suits include concocting soups from varied cuisines, growing seasonal vegetables, and supporting childhood literacy in their community. Praba works with children via book clubs, art appreciation workshops, and writing groups. She has a master's in Public Policy from UCLA.
Shilpa Ranade is an illustrator and an Associate Professor at the Industrial Design Centre at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. A talented animator and film-maker, Shilpa's works have been exhibited and awarded at various national and international film festivals.


Narrated from the view point of a visually impaired child Tsering, the story beautifully weaves in the point that specially abled children are no different from others though they can stun others with their unexpected capabilities.--Mums And Stories
This quaint and absolutely adorable children's book is sure to make anyone smile, irrespective of their age. Introducing the young reader subtly to the Ladakhi way of life, 'Thukpa For All' is the perfect introduction for any child, if you'd like to expand their curiosity to India's pristine cold desert in Jammu & Kashmir. From the drawings that do the geography and the people justice, to simple rhymes and words that's sure to be picked up by your child -- the only thing you're going to be sad about is not being invited to that Thukpa party.--Provoke Magazine
It is a beautiful story of give and take in a community. At the end of the story I was left with a longing for a Thukpa bowl and what is fantastic is that the book holds a recipe too to satiate that longing. That Tsering is blind is woven subtly into the story. Everyone around him accepts it and you do too, because that becomes beside the point. You see him walking alone, meeting and greeting people enroute and helping around the house as any child would.--Saffron Tree
The story is simple and heartwarming, with a message of friendship and generosity. And it also shows how one can not only be independent, but also help others even when one is visually impaired. Tsering's joyful life (filled with family and friends and delicious food) in the difficult terrain of Ladakh is a wonderful example of how one can be happy even in the face of tough circumstances. Highly recommended for kids aged 4-6.--The Book Chief
Thukpa For All gently weaves in multiple themes: the story of a visually impaired child who confidently and independently manages himself, a story about a close-knit neighbourhood community as well as a window into the exquisite beauty of Ladakh.--Booked For Life
This book is perfect for children between the ages of four and six. There are wonderful sounds such as "gurgle, burble", "cruck, crunch", and "flap, thwap" that children will enjoy hearing in the story. This book is an excellent addition to any organization that would like to have books featuring different cultures.--Youth Services Book Review
The book treats its visually-impaired protagonist, Tsering, with restraint, tact, and maturity...The writers use textures, sounds, and smells to evoke spaces and atmospheres, and tries to draw attention to how a blind child experiences the world around him.--Goodbooks
The pages are filled with delightful onomatopoeia--"flap, thwap" flutter the prayer flags; "tring, tringg" goes a bell--and Ranade's inviting illustrations detail the life and geography of this mountainous region. Informative backmatter includes an introduction to the region, a glossary, and a recipe. A delightful family story that broadens representations of South Asia and South Asian children.--Kirkus Reviews
"The story paints a beautiful picture of a tightly-knit community, who look out for each other. Shilpa Ranade's illustrations perfectly capture the serenity of Ladakh. From their clothes to the colourful prayer flags hung on the roads, there is an authenticity to the illustrations."
"The authors not only introduce us to a bit of their culture, but also show the quiet competence of the blind boy Tsering. Great to teach about culture and to create empathy."--Kiss The Book
"Alliteration and a bit of onomatopoeia are used to describe Tsering's travels, subtly noting his blindness and how he interacts with his environment. Colorful, childlike illustrations complement the telling, revealing a rather remote locale and culture...An appealing introduction to a part of the world that's underrepresented in picture books."--School Library Journal
"Told from the unique perspective of a child who is visually impaired, Thukpa for All is a beautiful story about community, compassion, and culture. Praba Ram and Sheila Preuitt do an extraordinary job of allowing the reader to envision what it must be like to have limited sight. The duo describe so eloquently how Tsering uses his senses to guide him and identify familiar sounds, scents, and textures. They put his character on display, portraying him as a confident, capable, and outgoing child who has concern for those around him. Additionally, they weave cultural terms, rhyme, and alliteration into this sweet story...The illustrations throughout it, as well as on the cover, are detailed and alluring. They shine with vibrancy, and their bright colors bring the Indian culture to life, making this a perfect pick for young children interested in learning about this unique country."--Manhattan Book Review
"This is a heartwarming story of community and the gifts that each person possesses. Recommended for ages 4 - 8."--The Barefoot Mommy
"What a really lovely book with deep cultural authenticity, colorful illustrations with depth and character to them, and a narrative structure reminiscent of cumulative folktales. Very much recommend." Ann Santori Lincolnwood Public Library District Illinois--Ann Santori, Lincolnwood Public Library District