I gave up trying to find quality bilingual Telugu books for babies and toddlers a long time ago.  So I resorted to reading English books in Telugu.  But some of the magic always gets lost.   And really, how can you compete with Monsieur Suess anyway?

Then, per chance, we discovered Barbara Lehman’s Museum Trip – a wordless picture book about a boy who goes on a class field trip to a museum and (literally) gets drawn into a display of old paper mazes.  My son was fascinated with the pictures and the mazes.  I was excited to be actually creating a Telugu story –  rather than merely translating.  The language was more pure, and I think my son caught on to that.  My efforts were validated by the fact that he wouldn’t let his dad (who reads to him in English) read it to him. 

It was such a hit, we then got The Red Book – a very clever story about a book-within-a-book.  We also discovered our local library has a whole section of “Wordless Books.”  Hooray!


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