CHACHAJI’S CUP by Uma Krishnaswami

CHACHAJI’S CUP

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Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A china teacup serves as both a memento of troubled times and a bridge across generations in this unusual family portrait. For as long as young Neel can remember, his great-uncle Chachaji has used only his own mother’s old cup at teatime. Why? Because it has a history; his mother’s family was among the many that were displaced when India was “broken” into two countries in 1947, and though she had to leave much behind, she chose to take the fragile cup on the long journey to a new home. Using strong brushwork and deep, rich colors, Sitaraman centers most of her scenes on dark, expressive faces, placing Neel’s extended family in this country, and with dress and other details subtly suggesting the mingling of cultures such families experience. Doubly valuable for its overall theme, and as a surprisingly rare depiction of an Indian-American family, Neel’s story is bound to engage readers, as well as leave them more receptive to learning about their own families’ past. (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: April 15th, 2003
ISBN: 0-89239-178-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Children's Book Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2003




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