THAV THAV GHOOMA; NANGU NANGU NACH; MERI ZOYA CHALI GAYI; SCHOOL MEIN THATHA
All four by Richa Jha
Eklavya/Parag Initiative with support from the Tata Trust, 2018, pp. 12, pp. 32, pp. 40, pp. 12, R25.00, R90.00, R85.00, R25.00
Thav Thav Ghooma is a special book which can be opened up to be a running poster with a continuous drawing of a village, its pond and fields. The story is simple and describes the fields and homes. The book is ideal for the six year old where teachers can read it aloud and the children can repeat as they like. A lovely book for tell and speak activities.
Nangu Nangu Nach raises the question of why one needs to dress up unlike animals who have fur and can walk about freely. A little girl asks why she needs to dress, and her grandmother explains that those who see us must feel comfortable. Well, the idea seems ok, but she asks why she cannot be free. This book is illustrated with sketches and birds in light colours and pleasing to the adult eye.
Meri Zoya Chali Gayee is a sad story. Yet she has faith that little Zoya is always with her. She finds a friend in Dhara. Soon Dhara, Zoya and Noor play together with faith and good will. This is a beautiful story and both children and adults would enjoy it. It reinforces our faith that our loved ones are always with us.
School Mein Thata is about how children feel awkward if their families look different. That never wore trousers and seemed different. At last came grandfather’s day and Thatha came to school with the little girl and told a story. No one cared what he wore. The short notes are very interesting but hard to read. In all, a fun book, the language is easy and there is a lot of space to add more to the story.
The books have fine art works of different genres.
Kamala Menon reviewer and teacher, is an ex-Principal of Mirambika Free Progress School.