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Book Review : Aru’s Balcony Garden

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TITLE
Aru’s Balcony Garden

AUTHOR
Arundhati Nithiyanandhan

ILLUSTRATOR
Oksana Vynokurova

Publisher: White Falcon Publishing
ISBN-10: 9388459121
ISBN-13: 978-9388459129

 
 

Arundhati the seven year old author of ‘Aru’s Balcony Garden,’ who incidentally is the protagonist of this sweet and simple book and goes by the pet name Aru, lives in an apartment community of a metro city. She has a small balcony garden at home, which is full of blooming plants that give her immense pleasure. Every morning before going to school, she spends a few moments with them. This habit of hers has found voice in ‘Aru’s Balcony Garden.’

Beautifully illustrated, Aru’s Balcony Garden is a simple tale that reflects not only the innocence of childhood, but also draws our attention to the fact that plants too can communicate and respond to love showered on them, be it by way of a question, or something as simple as a touch or a few drops of water at their base. Tend to them and see them bloom and spread a smile on your face.

The book though meant for the little ones, is sure to touch a chord in the adult too. Here though the story is of a little girl and her plants, if one were to look deeper, one could relate them to the children around. Children as we all know are like those little plants that adorn one’s garden. They spread cheer and make life heavenly with their antics and innocent talk. Like plants they offer that much needed respite to an otherwise hectic and stressful life. Spend some time with them, tend to their needs, and see them bloom and grow. Neglect them, and they will wilt right under your eyes.

VERDICT

A simple lesson communicated effectively, this one is a truly wonderful book that’s sure to spread a smile on young and aged faces alike. My three year old grandson Atharv can’t have enough of this and Aru’s other two books. Since the day I received them, he insists on having two reading sessions daily, one in the morning before leaving for his play-school and one before retiring to bed. Try to make an excuse, and see him throw a tantrum. 🙂


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Book Review: Chaos at Keoladeo by Priya Fonseca

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Reading level: 8+ years
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Puffin
ISBN-10: 0143442023
ISBN-13: 978-0143442028

 
 

There’s entertainment and there are lessons to be learnt. In fact this little book of less than 100 pages, holds within it a world of knowledge pertaining to animals especially birds. Replete with facts and illustrations plus eye-catching pictures, ‘Chaos in Keoladeo’ starts off as a travelogue only to end up as an adventure mystery. On the way there is fun accompanied by some truly wonderful insights into not only the birds and animals inhabiting the Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, but also into other bird species not found there. Other things that turned out to be of interest to me was an insight into the Bird Man of India Dr. Salim Ali, the rickshaw pullers of the Sanctuary who are also known as bare foot naturalists, and the minute details about the Siberian Cranes.

The D.O.P.E. Quiz at the end of the story to find out the kind of bird personality one has, is I must admit the icing on the cake.

VERDICT

A must have book in your book collection, ‘Chaos at Keoladeo’ is a mini encyclopedia of sorts that will keep the reader in you hooked till the end along with tickling the explorer in you to dig further to unearth more information on the flora and fauna of Planet Earth.


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Disclaimer

A copy of the book was provided via Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own and have not been influenced by either the author or the publishing house in any manner

Book Review: The Adventures of Biplob The BumbleBee (Vol. 1) by Abhishek Talwar

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Author: Abhishek Talwar
Illustrator: Sonal Goyal

Reading level: 6+ years
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Puffin (28 February 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0143446991
ISBN-13: 978-0143446996
 
 

An eye- catching cover design supported by amazing content, ‘The Adventures of Biplob The Bumblebee’ takes us not only on a tour of Farmer Balram’s colorful garden but also imparts some serious lessons in an interesting manner. While ‘Flying Pollen’ aims at introducing the little one to the process of pollination, ‘Biplob the Water Farmer’ introduces them to the importance of water conservation and its means by way of water harvesting. ‘Biplob Saves The Day’ addresses every horticulturists concern the aphid attack on young plants and ways and means of thwarting the same.

Narrated in an engaging manner, the stories are not only educative but entertaining too and are conceptualized to prod the little ones to think, explore and to some extent even be creative. Replete with positive emotions like empathy, care, love and helping mentality, the book takes care of the development of the moral side of a child’s character too.

The illustrations are not only colourful and eye catching, but help take the story forward thereby adding value to the contents. The finesse with which they are done needs special mention.

Overall a truly amazing book, ‘The Adventures of Biplob The BumbleBee’ has the power to transport both young and old alike to another world, a world truly vibrant, the world of bees and flowers. Though amazon site mentions the reading level as 6+, I personally feel that children even younger to the said age group can be introduced to the stories in the book. Yes, they may not be able to read it on their own, but they are sure to appreciate it. Waiting eagerly for the next in the series.


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Disclaimer

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Gifts precious

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Image courtesy of Idea go at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Idea go at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Cold,wet, shaking hands
Held little bundle of joy
Looked into eyes blue

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Hungry squirrel gnawed
Tender, juicy mango ripe
Nature’s gift yummy

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Barren land thirsty
Welcomes first drizzle with love
Gives birth to life new

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With time age catches
Eyes dim, frame weak and failing
Young hands to steady

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Education good
Build character strong and sound
Everlasting gift

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Loving family
Add meaning and spice to life
Parents love showered

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Various styles of thanking

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arid cracking earth
rain clouds gather, rain drops fall
a thousand hands rise

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butterfly on rose
rose blushes, sweet nectar drawn
thanks uttered, love leaves

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squirrel on mango
heavenly taste, wholesome meal
scratches trunk with love

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baby falls from nest
lush grass breaks fall dangerous
mother crow thanks stars

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the tree looked at sun
thanked the rays for helping out
chlorophyll ready

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the fallen flower
hugs and kisses mother earth
gratitude conveyed

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hands folded, eyes closed
prayer went up from lips soft
baby born though late.

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old, infirm body
lies there helpless and hungry
relief comes, eyes speak

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life hangs in balance
blood donated, man survives
hugs and hand squeezes

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head on collision
kid soaring, lands on soft turf
wet eyes whisper thanks

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job well accomplished
earns corporation millions
handshakes galore

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tense and uneasy
fingers crossed, countdown started
rocket up, sweets here.

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