10 Gulab Jamuns: Counting with an Indian Sweet Treat
Sandhya Acharya, author
10 Gulab Jamuns - Counting with an Indian Sweet Treat. Join two adorable brothers in a fun-filled adventure and discover a tasty sweet from India! Idu (Ee-doo) and Adu (Aa-doo) are very excited. Guests are coming over for dinner and their Mamma has already cooked a lot. Next, she is cooking Gulab Jamuns, but Idu and Adu don’t know what Gulab Jamuns are. Before long, they discover just how good these wonderful golden, sugary syrup-soaked balls are and how quickly they melt in their mouths. But Mamma has only made 10 Gulab Jamuns. Will they last until their guests come? It is a heartwarming story that also includes some counting lessons for the little geniuses. It models positive parenting and highlights values of family and teamwork.
After Idu and Adu’s mother makes 10 gulab jamuns—fried dough balls, soaked in syrup—for a dinner party, is there any chance that they’ll last until the meal? Not likely, and after the brothers gobble up six of the treats, they help their busy mother make a new batch (after a brief math lesson). Acharya’s straightforward storytelling and Alexandre’s swoopy digital illustrations create a cozy portrait of Indian home life. It seems unlikely that the boys wouldn’t have heard of gulab jamuns before, so their mother’s initial description of them seems to be for readers’ benefit. And when Acharya writes that “suddenly, Adu had an idea” just before he eats three of the sweets, it’s unclear what she’s referring to. But these don’t detract much from this warm family story, which concludes with a gulab jamun recipe for hungry readers. Ages 4–8. (BookLife)