Dum dum dum Bōgi is about Theo and his family’s take on Bōgi. As Theo and his little siblings are bonding with their appā over a bed time story, appā shares how he used to celebrate Bōgi as a kid and the meaning of Bōgi to curious little ears. This beautiful interracial family living in a different part of the world, go on to reimagine how they can observe the occasion in a heartwarming, creative, and contextual expression of Bōgi. All the while, to the beats of the bōgi drum.
Uluuluulu Pongal follows K and the events of Pongal day in her multicultural home. The story highlights and normalizes all the best parts of the festival: intergenerational family, colorful clothes, kōlam, Pongal pot, sugarcane, banana leaves, Pongal food, friends, large gatherings, and our favorite – kulavai (the sound of ululation)!
4-in-1 Books: Tamil | English Transliteration | English | Audiobook
The full story is repeated twice in these books – first half in Tamil (+English transliterations) followed by English. For bilingual families, this reinforces reading and listening primarily in Tamil and ensures that Tamil does not get usurped by the English language. The Tamil edition also includes English transliteration in small print to assist adults that cannot read or write Tamil. The second half tells the story of Pongal in English so kids can also develop English literacy but through a Tamil worldview and in their cultural lens. Additionally, it promotes the language and culture to non Tamil-speakers and non-Tamils.
A free link to the audiobooks is also provided with every purchase. Simply scan the QR code and enter your details to access the book.
The books contain repetition, rhymes, and rhythms staying true to the art of both written and spoken Tamil. You will find your kids connect and engage with both the words and illustrations while giggling away and ultimately learning and loving their language and culture in the process.
Format: Paperback | 52
Dimensions: 8.5 inches (height) x 9.5 inches (width) | 380gm (per book)
Author: Peniel Prabakaran | Illustration: Erin Dass
Publisher: Kelir Books LLC, USA | 31 December 2021
Printed: Chennai 2021 | December 2021
Book 1 ISBN: 978-1-957450-01-8
Book 2 ISBN: 978-1-957450-00-1
Languages: Tamil, English