He invites a string of friends and neighbours home. But as preparations get underway, there is a power cut and the house is plunged into darkness. Will Abi be able to put together the much-anticipated thukpa? Told from a blind child’s perspective, this tale by Praba Ram and Sheela Preuitt is accompanied by Shilpa Ranade’s stunning illustrations.
Thukpa for All is featured on the IBBY List of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities (2019) and in the Outstanding International Books list (2020) by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY).
The book treats its visually-impaired protagonist, Tsering, with restraint, tact, and maturity...The writers use textures, sounds, and smells to evoke spaces and atmospheres, and tries to draw attention to how a blind child experiences the world around him. ~Goodbooks
This book is perfect for children between the ages of four and six. There are wonderful sounds such as “gurgle, burble”, “cruck, crunch”, and “flap, thwap” that children will enjoy hearing in the story. This book is an excellent addition to any organization that would like to have books featuring different cultures. ~Youth Services Book Review
The pages are filled with delightful onomatopoeia—“flap, thwap” flutter the prayer flags; “tring, tringg” goes a bell—and Ranade’s inviting illustrations detail the life and geography of this mountainous region. Informative backmatter includes an introduction to the region, a glossary, and a recipe. A delightful family story that broadens representations of South Asia and South Asian children. ~Kirkus Reviews
"The story paints a beautiful picture of a tightly-knit community, who look out for each other. Shilpa Ranade’s illustrations perfectly capture the serenity of Ladakh. From their clothes to the colourful prayer flags hung on the roads, there is an authenticity to the illustrations." ~MultiStory.in
"Alliteration and a bit of onomatopoeia are used to describe Tsering’s travels, subtly noting his blindness and how he interacts with his environment. Colorful, childlike illustrations complement the telling, revealing a rather remote locale and culture...An appealing introduction to a part of the world that’s underrepresented in picture books." ~School Library Journal
"The authors not only introduce us to a bit of their culture, but also show the quiet competence of the blind boy Tsering. Great to teach about culture and to create empathy." ~Kiss The Book
Told from the unique perspective of a child who is visually impaired, Thukpa for All is a beautiful story about community, compassion, and culture. Praba Ram and Sheila Preuitt do an extraordinary job of allowing the reader to envision what it must be like to have limited sight. The duo describe so eloquently how Tsering uses his senses to guide him and identify familiar sounds, scents, and textures. They put his character on display, portraying him as a confident, capable, and outgoing child who has concern for those around him. Additionally, they weave cultural terms, rhyme, and alliteration into this sweet story...The illustrations throughout it, as well as on the cover, are detailed and alluring. They shine with vibrancy, and their bright colors bring the Indian culture to life, making this a perfect pick for young children interested in learning about this unique country. ~Manhattan Book Review
This is a heartwarming story of community and the gifts that each person possesses. Recommended for ages 4 – 8. ~The Barefoot Mommy
- Bank Street Best Children's Books 2020
- Neev Children's Book Award
- IBBY List of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities
- South Asia Book Award
- USBBY List of Outstanding International Books