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Sister Sister, Why? Where?

3 February 2010 4,232 views 4 Comments

Written by: Rashmi S

Sister Sister Why? Where?

Sister Sister Why? Where?

Title: Sister Sister, Why is the sky so blue?
Author/Illustrator: Roopa Pai / Greystroke, Sanjay Sarka
Age Group: 4-7 yrs
Publisher: Pratham Books

We read one of the Sister Sister series(subtitled – Fun Conversations about Everyday Science) from Pratham Books. I must say I am floored! Simply in awe. How I wish the text books for first and second grades would be anything close to this.

The little brother’s imagination goes wild and he comes up with the cutest possibilities, like the sea must be upside down with a plastic sheet wrapped under it to contain the water. And maybe when the sheet tares a bit, it rains. I was smiling, but my 5 year old did not think it was funny and asked why it cannot be so? Is this really OR is it pretend? She had a hearty laugh when we came to the part where it might even be the old woman drying her long blue saree. The other thing I loved about the book is how the sister encourages the brother to think, accepts his answers with a “maybe, you are right. But in the books I read it says this..”.

My kids were so excited that the father had hardly stepped into the house, and was bombarded with – do you know why the sky is blue? This is the kind of curiosity we want to evoke in kids, especially at that tender age where anything and everything gets absorbed like sponge. Learning which is fun and filled with laughter and imagination will stay forever. I hope Pratham Books comes up with more of these kinds.

Read more reviews on this series here and here. Order here.

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  • Roopa Pai said:


    Just saw this review of my Sister Sister set of books! I’m totally thrilled that you and your five-year-old loved it so much. Thanks!

    Fyi, I’m now writing on Taranauts, an 8-book fantasy-adventure series for 8-12 year olds. The series was launched with the first book – The Quest for the Shyn Emeralds – in November, and the second – The Riddle of the Lustr Sapphires – will come out end-Feb. Check out http://www.taranauts.com for more details. Your 5-year-old will be a 7-year-old by the time all eight come out – and then maybe she can start on Taranauts!


  • Rashmi S (author) said:

    @Roopa Pai: Almost fell on the floor to see your comment on my site. Thank you so much for taking the time and commenting here. I have older kids in my extended family, will look at the taranauts series on our next visit to the book store :)

  • Maya said:

    Hey Rashmi,

    Thanks for this review. Finally got around to posting it on our blog (http://blog.prathambooks.org/2010/02/book-review-sister-sister-why-is-sky-so.html). How is the mini library you are creating at home turning out?

    And hey, thanks for the retweet about our ‘Passing it On’ initiative.

  • Rashmi S (author) said:

    Maya, Thanks for the mention.
    REgarding library – did not mean it in the literal sense, just meant to say I am not happy with the quality of books the libraries around my place carry, I might just to have to buy and share with friends :) But the link you sent was pretty neat, if one had the space and is willing to share their address in the www, then why not!

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