Title – Photosynthesis for Smartypants
Author – Anushka Ravishankar
Illustrator – Pia Alize Hazarika
Publisher – Duckbill – An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Age group – 4.5-8 years
Aarav – Amma, let’s get a cat.
Me – But why?
Aarav – So, I can discuss school with the cat. He will be our Smarty Pants.
When we received this book, I was over the moon for several reasons. Firstly, Aarav was just taught about Photosynthesis in school and this was the perfect book to discuss the topic further. Secondly, I have always enjoyed discussing complex topics in a simple language to him and this is exactly what the book offers.
The book involves a cat – a smart cat who wants to feed some “food” to the plants. So, the cat parent has now taken up the task to explain to him, how plants can process or make their own food and it’s called Photosynthesis. The whole narration is super imaginative in the way the narrator explains the entire concept. The cat is intrigued and attempts to do silly things (like feed the plant!) owing to which his parent patiently explains how plants are actually able to make their own food.
At the end of the book, the cat dresses up in green hoping that he can probably make his own food in his tummy like the plant!! Oh, this sure caught the attention of my 6 year old who changed into green too, I mean literally head to toe.
I love how the author has cleverly spun the story around a cat and his parent trying to teach him – it’s a fun way to keep the reader engaged. The illustrations capture the attention so perfectly – not just of kids but adults too.
There are more books in this Smartypants series. You can read the rest of the reviews here:
Achira’s review of GRAVITY can be found here.
EVOLUTION has been reviewed by Amardeep.
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