Andal Jagannathan
YES, WE CAN! by Written and illustrated by Viky Arya Children’s Book Trust, 2022, 16 pp., INR 60.00
November 2023, volume 47, No 11

The author Viky Arya has written and illustrated a sweet little book! It is about an adventurous ant named Chintu who leaves his ant family to follow a sweet smell that gets stronger as he gets closer. He finds the source of the sweet smell and needs help.
Here, the author has deftly slipped a small general knowledge lesson into the story. Adults may have to quickly look up information about how ants communicate to answer young readers’ questions about ants and their antennae.
The cute illustrations move the story along well just as all the ants get together to take home the source of the sweet smell! What was it? Now, now, we shouldn’t be telling you everything here!