Kavita Tiwari
THE CIRCLE OF SEASONS/MAUSAM KA PHER** by Both by Sonima Trisal. Illustrated Viky Arya Children’s Book Trust, 2023, 16 pp., INR 60.00
November 2023, volume 47, No 11

This is a charming bilingual book designed to introduce the concept of seasons to early readers. Written in the form of verses, a format often appreciated and connected with by children, the book engages young readers. The vivid and attractive illustrations complement the text, effectively depicting the transitions of the seasons.
One of the book’s strengths lies in its ability to present the cycle of seasons in a simple and engaging manner. However, there are instances (especially in Hindi) where the language may pose a challenge for its intended readership. The use of words such as धरा, संदेश, ऋतुmay be less colloquial and potentially unfamiliar for young readers. I think simplifying the language to use more common terms could enhance the accessibility of the book for its target audience.

** 2nd Prize, Social-Emotional Learning, Competition for Writers of Children’s Books organized by CBT.