Ruth Jeyaveeran The Road to Mumbai

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The Road to Mumbai

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Along the road to Mumbai, Shoba and her monkey, Fuzzy Patel, make many new friends—mysterious monks, a curious camel, and a snake with a sensitive stomach, just to name a few. Shoba and Fuzzy are on their way to a top-secret monkey wedding. But you shouldn’t expect an invitation. According to Fuzzy, it will be the most boring wedding in the history of the universe. But magical things can happen on the road to Mumbai—and when trouble threatens to ruin the big event, unexpected friends come to the rescue.
In vivid paintings filled with color and light (and more than one uninvited guest!), Ruth Jeyaveeran brings the beauty and excitement of India alive for children everywhere to enjoy.

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Ruth Jeyaveeran was born in Africa, raised in the Midwest, and currently paints in Brooklyn. Like Sophie, she’s slightly obsessed with skateboarding. Unlike Sophie, she’s unwilling to suffer broken bones for her art. The rest of the time Ruth brightens up her dimly lit basement studio with the illustrations for her children’s books.

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PreSchool-Grade 3–This lively romp across India introduces children to aspects of the country's culture and geography. A little girl named Shoba and Fuzzy Patel (her stuffed monkey) fly on their bed to India in the middle of the night to attend Fuzzy's cousin's wedding. They land in the desert and meet a camel, a coconut juice seller, a line of elephants, a group of monks, and a snake charmer, all of whom guide them to Mumbai (Bombay). Fuzzy, described as "a bit of a snob," does not want to invite any of their new friends to the wedding. When Shoba and Fuzzy arrive at the celebration, however, they discover that all of the invitees are unable to attend, but readers can see that the people and animals have followed the pair all along, and soon they're welcomed as guests. Colorful gouache illustrations with folk-art details lend an authentic feel to the story, and their slightly stylized appearance highlights the imaginary aspects of the tale. Younger listeners will enjoy the story and older children can use the map, the note about the name Mumbai, and the illustrated glossary as a springboard to learning more about India. This colorful book is a welcome addition to most collections.–Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI
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