The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme

The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme

by Durga Bai

Meet Churki & Burki, rhyming sisters, and spend a day with them in their tribal village, playing and singing songs.

US Grade Level Equivalent: 2
US Guided Reading Level: K
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Meet Churki & Burki, rhyming sisters, and spend a day with them in their tribal village, playing and singing songs.

US Grade Level Equivalent: 2
US Guided Reading Level: K

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Part narrative, part original poetry, this book relates a day in the life of two sisters who live in a rural village in India. Churki and Burki start their day with a breakfast of millet and greens outside while listening to the rooster call "Kikiree-kee!" Afterward they help to gather firewood, play games with friends, go fishing with their father, pick vegetables, and end the day with a big pot of curry. The girls sing a little rhyme wherever they go. To an American picture book audience, the book is wordy and unfocused. The rhyming sequences aren't distinguished from the narrative, and aspects of daily life are mentioned without elaboration. A seemingly dramatic incident in which Churki and Burki encounter a group of women up in a tree and realize that wild jackals have come to eat their corn is handled as just another episode in the sisters' day. However, this title may have powerful resonance for Indian immigrants wishing to share village culture from their home country with the next generation. Beautiful line drawings in the Gond folk style of central India—cat-eyed figures filled with hennalike embellishments and tropical hues—are printed on heavy cream pages. Purchase where there is a significant Indian community or as a supplement to multicultural units.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
In a Central Indian village, Churki and Burki, two young sisters, help their parents and play near their house. The girls enjoy their traditional life. From the time they wake up in the morning until they fall asleep at night, the sisters make up rhymes to go with each activity, from playing on a homemade see-saw--"...Tadak-tadak / Kukurukoo / Tadak-tadak, / I want to play too!"--to thinking about all the food items in their dinner: fish, corn, beans, pumpkin and rice. Although the rhymes are not from traditional sources, the animal sounds and nonsense syllables may be from this area and will easily be picked up and repeated by North American children. Some of the rhymes don't scan as well as others, but the prose and poetry work together to give an accessible description of village life. Bai uses her characteristic natural colors and intriguing Gond regional style, filling her pictures with cross-hatching and designs on creamy ecru paper, that she also employed in the wonderful The Old Animals' Forest Band, by Sirish Rao (2008). An intriguing and refreshing look at a faraway place. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Tara Books
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author

Artist Durga Bai is a young tribal artist of the Gond tradition of central India. She is the winner of the 2008 Bologna Ragazzi Award for New Horizons.

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