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Book reviews: Children’s books by Ramendra Kumar, for age groups 2-5


Here are some delightful books for children, written by Ramendra (Ramen) Kumar, who is also a Blogger for ParentEdge. Ramen is an award-winning writer for children and young adults with 27 books to his name. His writings have been translated into several Indian and foreign languages and showcased in many text books and anthologies.

These reviewed books feature some fascinating illustrations, which are delightfully eye-catching. And the stories! They are sweet and simple with some great messages for our little ones, all set forth in a non-preachy and entertaining manner.

All the books are authored by Ramen and published by National Book Trust, India.

 

A Tale of TailsA Tale of Tails

Illustrator: Pulak Biswas

Recommended age group: 2+

A sweet take on why the snake and mongoose are sworn enemies. The mongoose and snake, best friends in the beginning, enter a contest for the longest tail and devise a plan to cheat and win the contest. Will they succeed or will their deceitful ways have a long-lasting consequence?

The story is simply written, with one sentence a page, making it easy for the little ones to grasp and enjoy the plotline. Illustrations are beautifully done and tell the story as well as the words themselves.

 

We are DifferentWe are Different

Illustrator: Partha Sengupta

Recommended age group: 4+

This is a tale about friendship, and how it survives differences. A difficult concept for kids to grasp, it is made easy by the simple and relatable manner in which the story is told. The story is especially relevant for young children who are in playschool and may be facing similar issues – how to get along with other children who are different from you. The story has a lovely moral on how we can all live in harmony despite being different. In fact, we can use our differences as strength and help one another out. This is a book that can lead to a lot of discussions with your little one on friendship, living in a community, etc. The story is well complemented with some colourful illustrations.

 

BoondBoond

Illustrations: Ajanta Guhathakurta

Recommended age group: 5+

This is the story of how mankind sets about destroying the environment, told through the voice of Boond, a tiny droplet of water. Set out on a journey with Boond as she explores the world with the intense excitement of the first-time traveller, which soon changes into disillusionment when she sees what people are doing to this beautiful world. What happens next? Is there any hope for mankind? Can Boond change the world?

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Kritika Srinivasan is an Editor at ParentEdge. She has her hands full with an active young child and her writing. She is keenly interested in ways to engage and stimulate children to keep their lively and intelligent minds busy.


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