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Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip

Written by Chitra Soundar

Illustrated by Kanika Nair

Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip Synopsis

When the mooing, clucking, and quacking on his farm become too much for him to handle, Farmer Falgu decides to set out on a journey to find some silence. One by one, he is joined by a new crew of noisemakers culminating in a cumulative cacophony. When he finally finds the silence that he has been craving for, he realizes that it was not all that he had imagined it to be. Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip was shortlisted for the prestigious Goodbooks-Hindu Award 2016 and the rights of the book have been sold to Japan, Germany, and France. The story is set in Rajasthan, a state in northern India that is rich in historical significance and holds a special place in the hearts of the Indian diaspora. This is just the first of many adventures planned for Farmer Falgu. Chitra Soundar's onomatopoeic language makes Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip an especially fun-filled read-aloud. Soundar was born in Chennai, India, and lived for a time in Singapore before settling in London, United Kingdom. Kanika Nair's gentle illustrations portray the rural setting and the wide-ranging characters with understanding and humor. She resides in Franklin, Tennessee.

Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip Press Reviews

The vibrant illustrations, full of colour and life, offer the reader a glimpse of the everyday life of those who live in India. The simple plots offer lots of opportunities for joining in and for adding musical accompaniments whilst showing us the best qualities of this gentle man... [I] really look forward to seeing where Farmer Falgu's adventures will take him next!--North Somerset Teachers Book Award Encourage kids to explore other places and ways of life with this round up of recently published picture books set across the globe. Ranging in subject matter from slice-of-life stories to folklore-style offerings to tales that touch upon more serious issues, these titles have been chosen for their ability to evoke a specific setting or culture while also revealing universal themes. Arranged geographically, the tales can be shared with students to introduce studies of cultures and countries, or to foster a sense of global community. Through these picture books, children will learn about the lives of other people, discover similarities and differences, and develop both self-awareness and empathy for others...India... Chitra Soundar and Kanika Nair follow their delightful Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip (2016) with a second tale set in rural India. This time, Farmer Falgu Goes to Market (Karadi Tales. Apr. 2018; PreS-Gr 4) after loading his brightly painted, oxen-drawn cart with tomatoes, onions, green chilies, cilantro, and eggs. Unfortunately, there are some unexpected bumps along the road (everything from potholes to errant duck crossings), resulting in cracked eggs and squashed vegetables, but the optimistic--and resourceful--protagonist figures out the perfect solution to guarantee a successful day. Utilizing bold lines, earth tones, and splashes of color, the energetic artwork provides just enough detail to convey the lively action and locale. Filled with ear-pleasing rhythms and onomatopoetic language, this picture book is engaging and fun to read aloud. Share this along with Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip (2016) with students to discuss the folklore-style telling and launch explorations of the setting.--School Library Journal Enlarged, color-coded type helps emphasizes the onomatopoeia that fills a buoyant cumulative story that, in addition to being just plain fun, may leave readers curious to learn more about the rural Indian setting. - Publishers Weekly

Book Information

ISBN: 9788181903112
Publication date: 28th January 2020
Author: Chitra Soundar
Illustrator: Kanika Nair
Publisher: Karadi Tales Company Pvt Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 28 pages

About Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar was born in Chennai, India, resides in London, United Kingdom, and lives in imaginary worlds weaved out of stories. She has written over 20 books for children aged 3 to 10 years old. Chitra also loves to retell folktales, legends and ancient tales from the Indian sub-continent. While she dabbles in chapter books, her first love is picture books. Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip is her third book in India, and her first book with Karadi Tales. Soon Farmer Falgu will be going places with his charm and good humour. Her work is inspired by the noisy and colourful India, ...

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