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AMMU AND THE SPARROWS by AMMU AND THE SPARROWS ratham Books, 2021, 16 pp., 50.00
November 2021, volume 45, No 11

Ammu and the Sparrows is a sensitively written story dealing with the curiosity and questions and long wait of a child—for his parents. The book has been categorized in the green coloured Level 3 book—those books that are meant for children who are ready to read on their own.

Ammu spends his days on his Ammamma’s terrace, looking out and waiting. Is he waiting for Amma and Accha sparrows to come or is he waiting for someone else? Is this wait going to get over any time soon? The open-ended story leaves the reader with many questions like these. And the best part is that the story does not give us ready-made answers, but allows the readers to imagine and construct the answers themselves.
The story is quite layered and poignant. It conveys the complex emotions that go through Ammu’s mind as he deals with his parents’ absence. We love how the loving grandmother, while talking to the two little brown birds, gently helps him deal with his feelings.

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