I feel so proud when I realized one of these days that at 5 years Nik has a kid library worth around 25 books. I would like to steal some credit for his liking for books and often wonder if he will keep this love for books even when he is all grown up.
Nevertheless, the current kitty of books in my house comprises mostly story books with extensive pictures and some learning based books (the ones that help kids enhance their vocabulary or concept of numbers). At his age, he engages with books mostly through picture reading or with me reading aloud the stories to him.
I am glad that he is fast learning his alphabets and sounds at school and will soon embark on his reading journey (he has already started reading simple phrases and shirt sentences). While Nik is all set to take the plunge and take his relationship with books to the next level, his kid brother is just about to begin his tryst with books.
I recently received two books from Karadi Tales as a gift in return for an honest review. And I must say that these books couldn’t have come at a better time, when I have just begun a formal reading session with Lucky on an everyday basis.
Here’s a peep into the world of these two wonderful books –
What Little Fish wants to do more than anything in this world is fly. Dissuaded but not discouraged by those around her, she flaps her tiny fins and practices jumping. But can Little Fish ever expect to take flight? A sublimely delightful tale by Lavanya Karthik with strikingly patterned illustrations by Satwik Gade and Ashwathy P.S. ‘Fly, Little Fish!’ is an ode to the soaring possibilities of perseverance.
‘Sky’s the limit’ is what my parents told us, whenever I was engulfed by self-doubt. But times have changed, I will instead tell my kids that, ‘There absolutely is no limit’. And that’s what this book laced with colorful illustrations sets out to tell young mind.
The book has an extremely attractive cover page and entices kids to pick it up from the book shelf. With its hard cover, the book is still light and easy to manage.
‘Fly, Little Fish’ is a book for little minds just beginning to read short phrases and sentences. Even if your kid does not read yet, like mine they can definitely enjoy the beautiful illustrations tell a story on their own.
Shobha Viswanath combines counting skills with the art of storytelling to create a timeless book for early readers. Illustrators Ashwathy P.S. and Anusha Sundar use a combination of collages, photography, and design to stunningly capture a rain day.
Nik learned his numbers with me as I counted various household items with him or counted his balls in different colors from the ball pool. It was only later that I started revising numbers with him using a reference book. ‘One Dark, Cloud’ combines the fun of object identification and counting numbers from 1 – 11 with a help of a nicely woven short story. The story talks about a rainy day, with every page with it’s illustrations tells a story of its own.
Like there are ‘Four eager feet’. Eager feet because these feet are standing near a puddle formed by rain and are eager to splash into it to top up the fun on a rainy day.
Both the books with their thick glossed paper quality, make for some fun reading time with no fear of easy wear and tear.