Join two adorable south Asian-American brothers as they discover a much loved Indian dessert.

Idu (Ee-doo) and Adu (Aa-doo) are very excited. Mamma 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 light-hearted humorous story but also packs a fun opportunity for basic counting exercises. It models responsible parenting and highlights values of family, accountability, and teamwork.

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37% of children in the U.S consider themselves multicultural, yet only 10% of the books they read have characters that look like them. Books function not just as mirrors for the multicultural kids to relate to, they also serve as windows where kids of all backgrounds can learn something new about their neighbors and friends

The inspiration

 

The book is inspired by a true story. I had a sweet tooth growing up. My mother is always telling me how it was a challenge to keep me away from the sweets that she had prepared for guests. I decided to retell a childhood story in my current context with my two sons. The characters in the book are inspired by my sons. As an aside, Idu and Adu mean “this” and “that” in Kannada which is my mother-tongue.