When their train makes a 10-minute stop at the station in Jaipur, a young girl and her mother hurry to get in line for a cup of chai. While the girl waits for her mug of milky spiced tea, readers are treated to the sights, sounds, and smells of the Chaiwala’s cart. The aroma of ginger, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon sticks swirls in the air. Tea leaves rustle, milk bubbles, and the hot drink is poured back and forth until—clink!—the cups are filled and placed on the stand. With a biscuit and a rusk added to their order, it’s time to find a spot to sit and enjoy!
Inspired by the author’s childhood visits to India, Chaiwala! celebrates the pleasures of taking time for food, family, and tradition—even for a brief moment. Illustrated in lively cut-paper collages and filled with scrumptious sensory details, this book is just like a cup of chai—warm, comforting, and good to the last drop.
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I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book, as well as the sensory experience that the book takes you through. The illustrations are bright and colorful, without being too much or overloading the page. The descriptions bring the smells, tastes, and sensations alive. This is a great book to add to any early childhood classroom library, especially with littles who are interested in food. It also can serve as a great jumping off point for talking about different food traditions across cultures.
Chaiwala! by Priti Birla Maheshwari is a beautifully illustrated picture book with that takes the reader through a sensory journey filled with descriptive language. Chaiwala! would be a wonderful read aloud and mentor text for any classroom.
As if I didn’t already want to visit India enough! This adorable picture book had my mouth watering.
Chaiwala is a deeply sweet picture book that shows us a family stopping on a trip by train in Jaipur for some chai. The illustrations are cute with colours that really pop. The story is simple, but any child who drinks tea or is part of a household that does will find themselves at home here. I also feel like I've seen a lot more picture books set in India of late, and it's always nice to come across another. Recommended!
This book was just delightful from start to finish. The language was beautifully descriptive and the illustrations were gorgeous!
"CHAIWALA!" by author Priti Birla Maheswari and illustrator Ashley Barron is a multi-sensory small moment story set in a train station near Jaipur, India. In the stor, a little girl and her mother rush off a train during a short stop in order to purchase and savor the wares of a chaiwala or tea vendor. The sights, sounds, smells, and tastes are all described in poetic prose. Much like the chai, this book is a delight to be savored.