Dec 14th: Chitra Soundar chooses What’s Cooking, Jamela?

Author / Illustrator: Niki Daly

The Story: Mama plans a chicken dinner for Christmas Day, and she gives Jamela the job of fattening up their chicken. But seeing how happy Jamela is with her hen, she wonders just how she’ll get it away from Jamela and into the pot. Smelling trouble, Jamela sets off the day before Christmas with the chicken in her arms and a trail of chaos follows – in the street, in the taxi, and even in Miss Style’s hairdressing salon.

Why is What’s Cooking, Jamela your favourite Christmas book?

What's Cooking. Jamela? - Story SnugIt gives a different perspective to Christmas while keeping the universal feelings of family, feast and celebration. It is also representative of Christmas in the southern hemisphere where snow is not in the pictures and Christmas is not cosy and by the fireplace.

Can you describe a favourite illustration or give a favourite quote from the story and tell us why you chose it.

“We can call her Christmas,” said Jamela. Mama laughed.

This is my favourite line because this is almost a foreboding line – adults reading the book know something dangerous is coming but the children don’t.

 

What'S Cooking, Jamela?

by Niki Daly [Frances Lincoln Childrens Books]
£0.54 ·  EUR 11,13 ·  EUR 2,66 ·  EUR 4,39 ·  $171.74

Bon appétit, Jamela!

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£3.80 ·  EUR 3,81 ·  EUR 3,95 ·  EUR 12,00 ·  $4.94

Que Hay Para Comer Jamela? (Spanish Edition)

by Niki Daly [Fundacion Intermon]
£28.51 ·  EUR 169,86 ·  EUR 169,86 ·  EUR 6,50 ·  $125.95

About Chitra

Chitra Soundar - Story SnugChitra Soundar has always been fascinated with Christmas since she was young, living in a diverse neighbourhood in India. She is currently working on an Indian Christmas story because she wants her nephews to see themselves celebrating Christmas. You can find out more about her at www.chitrasoundar.com

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Chitra’s Books

A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice (Walker Racing Reads)

by Chitra Soundar [Walker Books Ltd]
£5.99 ·  EUR 6,99 ·  EUR 7,11 ·  EUR 7,01 ·  $4.75

A Dollop of Ghee and a Pot of Wisdom (Walker Racing Reads)

by Chitra Soundar [Walker Books Ltd]
£4.58 ·  EUR 6,49 ·  EUR 4,74 ·  EUR 7,01 ·  $2.55

Pattan's Pumpkin

by Frané Lessac (illustrator) Chitra Soundar (author) [Otter-Barry Books Ltd]
£12.99 ·  EUR 14,57 ·  EUR 14,84 ·  EUR 15,21 ·  $13.82

Which book is on your Christmas wishlist this year?

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. This is an immigrant story in verse which I’m dying to read.

Inside Out and Back Again

by Thanhha Lai [HarperCollins]
£5.79 ·  EUR 5,99 ·  EUR 7,32 ·  EUR 7,93 ·  $4.99

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