Chandra Chari
DHRUV KI GAADI; DHRUV AND HIS TOY CARS by By Amitabj Shankar Roy Choudhury. Translated from Hindi into English by Navin Menon. Illustrations by Shivani. Edited by Kusumlata Singh Children’s Book Trust, 2023, 32 pp., INR 80.00
November 2023, volume 47, No 11

Man ki Gaadi published under the new title Dhruv ki Gaadi won the Second Prize in the Category Social Emotional Learning in the Competition for Children’s Books in Hindi organized by CBT. Without sounding like a morality tale, the idea that sharing is good is highlighted by the author. All parents would identify with a child’s angst at being asked to share favourite toys and books, and yet it is something which no parent can fail to inculcate early in a child’s life. The larger than life images in the illustrations are great tools to convey anger, dismay, and love of the various characters in this little book.