As a mother of a 7 year old I am always on look out for good books that will enrich, educate, nurture & fuel the imagination of my girl.
In this world of fast food, in-your-face commercials, barbie-mania & pre-teen sitcoms...it becomes increasingly difficult to expose them to the beautiful world of books. The world where we grew up!
The world of Enid Blytons, of those Russian fairytales where Vasilisa was oh! so beautiful, of Amar Chitra Kathas where the illustrations by Uncle Pai always had me enthralled.
I am happy that my daughter shares my love for books and is intrigued when I narrate small incidents from my childhood about books & stories.
Recently I came across some lovely books, thanks to the amazing world of blogging & some helpful friends~
It's a beautifully illustrated story of the river Pampa as narrated by herself as she flows through the rich Vijayanagara Empire.
'The Fried Frog and other funny freaky foodie feisty poems' by Sampurna Chattarji
Here is a small excerpt from her book
"I am sick of learning Lochinvar,
I'm sick of Robert Frost,
Kept stopping by those snowy woods-
Why didn't he go get lost?
And daffodils and babbling brooks,
I don't care if they're pretty,
I'd rather read a wicked poem
About living in my city."
I quite liked Sampurna's style & here's something for me too;-)
My daughter strangely identified with her style of writing. She also narrated a poem from the book at her school recitation event:-)
Dinaben and the Lions of Gir by Meera Sriram and Praba Ram.
Though not for my daughter's age group, but a beautiful bilingual book for 4+ readers that captures how Man and Lions co-exist in the forests of Gir in Gujarat.
Meera & Praba are part of Saffron Tree ~ a website that brings to you reviews, recommendations, pointers to great children's books from India & the U.S.
This is their first book and has been published by Tulika and I wish them great success:-)