I have always felt Evolution is way too complex to be explained to children, and even adults! However, the book Evolution for Smartypants proved me quite wrong.
I had not introduced states or Indian cities to my 5 yr old, and I’m glad that this is his first introduction to them. Orange like the Nagpur Mandarins, Brown like the Coffee Beans of Coorg. We were most excited to find that the book also had a reference to Neil’s grandparents’ city – Chandigarh! Grey like the Hornbills of Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake!
The story is about Jagadish Chandra Bose, and how he nurtured his curiosity to know more about everything around him.
My children are never satiated by the number of times we read a beautiful book, one non-fiction book raises the bar for questions and that leads to us getting another book! It is heart-warming when my 2-year-old who just started saying her name could say ‘Boynton’ while referring to her favourite author.
The story is about a giant hump-backed Mahseer fish, named Matisha. Matisha takes us along on a river journey from its birthplace, downstream, then back upstream to lay its eggs and downstream again, describing everything it sees along the way.
Reading a Ruskin Bond book to a 5 year old who does not sit in one place for more than 30 seconds?! I was pleasantly surprised that it was a picture book, and that too in rhyme!