May 042022
Review: J Is For Jalebi – Hindi Alphabets For Little Foodies!
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Title: J is for Jalebi – Hindi Alphabets For Little Foodies

Author: Chitwan Mittal 

Illustrator: Ambika Karandikar

Publisher: AdiDev Press Pvt Ltd

Type: Board Book

Age group: 0 – 6 years

Learning a language can be tedious and boring, especially a language like Hindi that has several similar sounding and similar looking ‘akshars’. My problem with the way Hindi is traditionally taught, is associating a particular ‘akshar’ with one particular object, like ‘kuh se kabootar’. Over time the child tends to associate only that one (usually very boring object) with that akshar. This becomes even more of a problem when the child is able to identify “Kuh” only when associated with the said word.

If you want to make learning Hindi exciting, and make sure that the akshars are associated with words different from those usually taught – this is the perfect book for you. A complete bonus is that all the words introduced in the book are to do with food. 

“jhuh” se jhola (and the page has a cloth bag with a loads of veggies peeking out)

“chhuh” se chhola

“nuh” se nariyal

“puh” se paneer

My five year old, who is quite well versed with hindi akshars, has loved this book immensely. For him, the highlights of the book are the entirely new words he has learnt along with the adorable illustrations. He says he loved the book also because it has foods that he likes like gaajar and khichdi!

For me, from a parent’s perspective, this book has been very helpful to revise Hindi akshars in a fun way. My son, for the longest time ever, wrote “chuh” and “jhuh” inter-changingly. After we started reading this book, he would trace the alphabets on each page (each page has a big akshar which the child can trace with their fingers), and that helped him remember the formation.

However, what I’ve loved the most about the book is how it has helped instill a love for the language in my child. By introducing new words, and associating the akshars with foods, a dry, academic language has suddenly become the coolest language in our house! 

Animal Band Bhavneet has this one and recommends it for 2-5 years. She has shared some inside pages in our kbc fb group here. In her words:

What a fun riot this book is! Rhyming stanzas in both English & Hindi along with such adorable animals playing the part. Pure Brilliance in a package. Poetry is dancing here! The book is about the animal band coming together where different animals play different musical instruments. An incredible book to introduce animals, introduce various musical instruments and learn both the two languages. This book makes you want to loosen up and dance!

Pagdi for Sinh
One Elephant Two Monkeys Prachi has this one and recommends it for 2.5 years+. She has shared the inside pages in our fb group here. Quoting her:

One Elephant, Two Monkeys is a fabulous book to talk numbers with children. Virat is not someone who would sit through a book teaching alphabet or counting. However, the animal illustrations made him really interested in this book. He enjoyed explaining to me what each of the animals are doing while I showed him how to count them. Familiar animals and rhyming text makes this book real fun for little ones. To add to that, the book is bi-lingual and rhyming in both English and Hindi, which makes it relevant even for older kids starting to learn Hindi in school.

Combo of 3 Books Set – [ Pagdi for Sinh, One Elephant Two Monkeys, Animal Band]

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