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Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme (The)
by Gita Wolf
Age Range: 6-8
Meet Churki and Burki, the rhyming sisters and their dog Dinki who lead a happy and busy life with their family in their village in Central India. The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme describes their daily activities such as gathering firewood, picking pumpkins, driving off jackals and parrots from the corn fields, going fishing and playing outdoors.
Adapted from the Gond artist Durga Bai’s rendering of her own childhood in her village Petangahr, this is a magical picture book for young children, taking them into an exotic, rural world as they follow Churki and Burki playing and singing songs. With its brightly etched illustrations in the Gond tradition and some of the text in rhyme, this tale is perfect for joining in with Churki and Burki’s infectious sense of fun as they sing and play.