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Chaiwala!
By (author): Priti Birla Maheshwari Illustrated by: Ashley Barron

Imprint:

Owlkids - Toronto

ISBN:

9781771473682

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket
English

Audience:

Children/juvenile: Interest age, years 3 - 7, Canadian school grade range 2, US school grade range 2
Oct 15, 2021
$18.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.25in x 8.25 x 0.38 in | 313 gr

Page Count:

24 pages

Illustrations:

Full colour illustrations throughout
Owlkids Books
Owlkids
JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food
 
A Loan Stars Jr. Top 10 Pick for September/October 2021, Commended
  • Short Description
A sensory celebration of family, food, and culture

A sensory celebration of family, food, and culture


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.

  • An Own Voices story inspired by debut author Priti Birla Maheshwari’s childhood visits to India
  • Illustrated in vibrant cut-paper collages by Ashley Barron
  • Transports readers with vivid details and immersive art

PRITI BIRLA MAHESHWARI was born in New Delhi, India. She moved to Canada when she was six years old and has also lived in the United States. A teacher for more than 20 years, Priti lives with her husband and daughter in Cambridge, Ontario. Priti savors the tender moments and conversation that happen when people connect over a cup of chai. Chaiwala! is her first picture book.

ASHLEY BARRON studied illustration at the Ontario College of Art & Design. She has since illustrated a number of books with Owlkids and Kids Can Press. Ashley shares a studio with her partner and three cats in Toronto, Ontario.

"The simple joy of indulging in a delicious treat is captured exquisitely ... Provides a jubilant, affirming mirror for children who already know the comforting warmth of a cup of chai, and a welcoming window for those who haven’t yet had the pleasure. A wonderful choice for story time and a first purchase for all collections."

- School Library Journal - STARRED REVIEW

"Particularly fun to read out loud ... Sweetly captures a slice of Indian life." - Kirkus Reviews

"Beautiful cut-paper collage illustrations swirl and twirl like the steam from a cup of chai, adding crisp and colorful details ... The recipe is here integrated into the story itself."

- Booklist

"Small moments of stillness, connection, and gratitude are a recipe for happiness in Chaiwala!, a sumptuous debut picture book ... A sensory experience to be savoured."

- Quill & Quire

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