What shall I make?, written by Nandini Nayar and illustrated by Proiti Roy (Tulika Publishers, 2006)
Neeraj's mother is making chapatis while Neeraj squeezes, rolls, pokes, pats, pulls, pinches, and presses some of the chapati dough into a snake. . . a mouse. . . a cat. . . a lion! And the entire time Neeraj's mother is playing too, helping Neeraj control the dough animals. "A snake! A snake! It's going to bite me!" Neeraj yells. "Roll it up, quick, quick!" says his mother. Naturally, in the end the dough becomes the best chapati Neeraj has ever eaten.
Like a hot chapati, this fun little book about imagination and play is light and puffy, but ultimately warming and filling and satisfying because it is also about quality family bonding time. And like chapatis, What shall I make? should be shared with family, friends, students, and other loved ones.
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