Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? Who knew that a book about a Tibetan noodle soup so be so entertaining!
In this story, we meet a young blind boy named Tsering who is out on a walk. He is anxious to get home because his Abi (grandmother) is making her famous noodle soup called “thukpa”. In his travels, he hears certain sounds that alert him to people that might be nearby. He meets Rigzin when he hears prayer flags flapping in the wind, a bleating sheep alerts him that Taski uncle is herding his flock, clothes washing in the river lets him know that Neema aunty is doing laundry, and a persistent cough from a sick neighbor Noeboo me-me alerts Tsering that he is near the river as well. Because of Tsering’s love of his grandma’s soup, he invites all he passes to dinner that evening. When he returns home, he and his grandmother are busy with the extra preparations when they suddenly lose electricity and everything in the kitchen becomes pitch dark. This concerns his grandmother because she does not know how she will finish the meal preparations for her guests. Tsering comes to her aid explaining “Lights on or off doesn’t matter to me”. Because of his blindness, he is comfortable with finishing the soup in the dark. The lights go back on, the soup is perfect, and everyone enjoys a wonderful meal prepared by Tsering and his grandmother.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.
To whom would you recommend this book? 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.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, daycare centers, preschools, anyone that works with children between the ages of four and six. This book is an excellent addition to any organization that would like to have books featuring different cultures.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer Kristin Guay, former youth librarian
Date of review: June 25, 2019