The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

My mother’s tongues

Sumi’s mother can speak two languages, Malayalam and English. She can switch between them at the speed of sound: one language when talking to Sumi’s grandmother, another when she addresses the shopkeeper. Sometimes she speaks a combination of both. Could it be she possesses a superpower? With awe and curiosity, young Sumi recounts the story of her mother’s migration from India and how she came to acquire two tongues, now woven together like fine cloth. Rahele Jomepour Bell’s inviting illustrations make playful use of visual metaphors, while Uma Menon’s lyrical text, told astutely from a child’s perspective, touches lightly on such subjects as linguistic diversity and accent discrimination. This welcome debut, penned when the author was still a teenager, is an unabashed celebration of the gift of multilingualism – a gift that can transport people across borders and around the world.


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Author Uma Menon Published by Walker Books Ltd ISBN 9781529517880 EAN 9781529517880 Bic Code YBCS Cover Hardback