May 20, 2013

To Market! To Market! by Anushka Ravishankar, illustrated by Emanuele Scaniani

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 1:47 am by suebe2

To Market! To Market!
by Anushka Ravishankar,
illustrated by Emanuele Scaniani
Tara Publishing

In India, a young girl goes to market with her mother.  She has a hand full of coins that she can spend on anything she wants.  She immediately considers the possibilities.

Maybe she can get a new pet. It would have to be something small like a fish or a mouse or a bird.

Or maybe something silly like a fake mustache or a mask.

Soon she is exploring stalls all over the market, bangles and flowers, spices and fowl, fish and fabric and fruit.  She has so much fun exploring the possibilities that she forgets to actually buy anything at all.

For young American readers who are used to super markets and malls, this book will show them another world.  Even readers who are used to farmers markets in the US will have a different experience.

That said, don’t get this book expecting an overt lesson.  This is simply a story about a young girl having fun; it just happens to take place in India at an open air market.  Truly this is multiculturalism at its finest. It presents a story that couldn’t take place here, but takes places where it does, not to teach a lesson, but because it could happen no place else.  It entertains and amuses and tells a slice of this girl’s life.  That it also teaches feels like happy coincidence.

Share it with the young reader in your life who is up for new experiences and who likes to see what is in the stall around the corner.  

–SueBE

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