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[25 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 2,442 views]

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[16 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 1,561 views]

Title: Chasing The Plastic Pisach
Author/Illustrator: Sumathi Sudhakar / Arka Prabha Roy Chowdhury
Publisher: Pratham Books

Our apartment initiated a Go Green campaign few weeks back, with posters all over the apartment complex, starting from the entrance gate to the lift. The poster clearly depicting the three colored waste collection bins, samples of recyclable waste etc. Our apartment has mandated us to have separate bins at home, one for recyclable wastes and another for compost-able waste. One going into white trash bags and another into black, so they can accordingly dispose them into …

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[3 Feb 2010 | 4 Comments | 4,232 views]

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 …

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[25 Nov 2009 | 4 Comments | 9,197 views]

Title : Snoring Shanmugam
Author/Illustrator: Radhika Chadha / Priya Kuriyan
Publisher: Tulika Books

If we had a rough evening, dinner time battles and the likes, then one of my picks to read that night is Snoring Shanmugam. It simply takes my 5 year old into a giggling spree. The giggling is infectious enough to spread into my 2 year old, who is most of the time observing and imitating her older sister anyways. The giggling hits the roof when we all snore like Shanmugam, the Lion.
The jungle animals are tired of their …

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[19 Nov 2009 | 4 Comments | 5,673 views]

The Read India initiative by Pratham Books is an inspiring social entrepreneurship project. They are a non-profit trust claiming to produce high-quality and affordable children’s books in many Indian languages. Very much walking their talk, most of their books are in the Rs.15 – Rs.25 price range. Do not be fooled by the price, the books are on high quality paper and print, with bright and colorful illustrations(especially the 3-6 and 7-10 years age groups).
The inside of the back cover in most of their books features a kid with a …

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[28 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 1,014 views]

In case you don’t already know, Saffron tree is celebrating its third birthday by hosting a week long book festival called CROCUS 2009. It’s a fun ride folks, back to back reviews of children’s books from all around the world, puzzles and author interviews. Do check it out.

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[20 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 2,479 views]

Author: Eric Carle
Read Along: 4-6 years
Read Alone: 6+ years
My almost 5 year old daughter has developed a liking to Eric Carle’s books. The minute she spots his name, she wants to read it. We were in a book shop couple of months back, when the kids got to choose one book each. I did not surprise me one bit to see The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle in her hands. I was surprised to see the Indian reprint, easing on the rupee, however
This book just like any other Eric …

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[7 Oct 2009 | 3 Comments | 6,816 views]

Read Along: 1 -4 years
Read Alone: 3-6 years
Early Childhood Publications.
My friend introduced us to the Bruno, Pepper series of books and we are hooked on to it ever since. Pretty cheap, 30 Indian Rupees is all it costs. Very very simple, not many lines to read, beautiful illustrations. I am surprised not to see reviews on this series of books.
In this particular book, Bruno doesn’t listen to his mom when she asks him to clean up his toys as he is in a hurry to watch TV. Grandpa who …

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[9 Jul 2008 | 2 Comments | 5,510 views]

A friend got my daughter a bunch of Tulika books. The bilingual [Hindi / English ] ones. Such a wonderful concept and easy way to introduce a new language to kids.
Picture Courtesy –
One of the books my daughter loves in this series and can relate to is – Main kya banaoon? What shall I make? It’s about this boy Neeraj getting hold of a ball of chappati dough, which he rolls, pats and makes various animal shapes out of it. Just as their web site says, its about …

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[24 Feb 2008 | 3 Comments | 2,563 views]

Written By: Nancy Carlson
Honestly, I picked this book up just for the title. This is the first Nancy carlson book I have come across. She liked it the very first time we read it. It is a very simple book, very simple message in each page. Its about a girl pig liking everything about herself. Just the way she is. How she finds ways to be happy when she is not at her best. It starts with – I am my best friend.
It has been a while we returned this …

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[30 Jan 2008 | 2 Comments | 6,885 views]

Written By: Eileen Christelow

My daughter loves this book. Probably due to familiarity from hearing the song from age 1. Also the satisfaction she gets as she thinks she can reads it herself. Add to it the stencil colorful pictures on each page. the monkeys bumping their heads, making faces. She likes this book so much that even the front and back of the book is not spared. I have to end it by saying – Written by Eileen Christelow. And after some 50 odd reads so far, she has by-hearted …