Janice and her Grandmother go on a shopping trip to Chinatown. Janice buys a few sweets for her brother, a black mushroom for her mom and a beautiful Chinese lantern for her father.
When we travel, we get a peak into the lives and culture of the people in that place. Janice experiences a sub culture within the city of Kolkata when she and her Grandmother walk through the tiny locality. Walking into an incense filled temple, she gets to know that Chinese believe that, when people pass away they turn into spirits and living seek blessings from them.
The book has many more such simple snippets of culture, that Janice understands through experiencing the artefacts in the streets.
Children will love the colourful illustrations by Kalyani Ganapathy that bring Chinatown alive. For parents, it is a great reminder to take our children out . In experiences, they interpret and understand
I simply loved the way the story ends, where Janice shows maturity beyond her years. She expresses that she didn’t buy anything for herself because she valued the memories she had with her Grandmother and those are really her gifts from the trip
Janice Goes to Chinatown is a Pratham Book, available on their story weaver platform and is written by Anuradha Sengupta. Click here to download your copy
Educational Value: 5/5
Role Models & Attitude Portrayal: 5/5
Age Band — 3 to 5 years
About the Reviewer:
Roomana Basha: Mother to a book lover | Founder and CEO ekdali.com | Loves books — Currently reading The Ivory Throne by Manu S Pillai | Fitness Freak
This Book was sent to the reviewer for review by the Publisher