Title: When Mommy Was A Little Girl
Edited by: Pranav Kumar Singh
Illustrator: Abhilasha Khatri
Publisher: Ponytale Books
Age group: 7+ years
When Mommy was a little girl is a book that manages to build a heart-to-heart connection, firstly, with its title and secondly, with its endearing stories, contributed by 15 fabulous author mommies. The simplicity with which they have poured their heart over will bring a guaranteed wide smile to your face. Can anything be better than this?!
This anthology is written as a tribute to the modern classic When Daddy Was a Little Boy by Soviet author Alexander Raskin. This book has a heart-warming collection of memoirs from mommies all across the length and breadth of the country, enhancing the value a million times. The contributing authors present a delightful spread from the most colourful times of one’s life childhood – the mischief, the pranks, the love-hate relationship with the siblings, the joy of spending summer break with the cousins, and all the trouble they gave their parents. There were numerous instances when I felt – oh my God, we did this too!
Out of all the beautifully penned stories, we (both my son and I) loved the following stories a little more, only a little more.
*How Mommy learnt her colours
*How Mommy taught her baby brother a lesson (Sharav’s favourite, he couldn’t stop laughing)
*How Mommy lost her plait
*How Mommy learnt to love her nose
*How Mommy was saved by a narrow squeak (another Sharav’s favourite because of the adventure with the big cat)
The chomping off the doll’s hair in steps, pranks by siblings, the carefree village life, the dress-ups, playing ghost and doing everything under the sun to trouble the parents – to name a few adventures that you will get to relish. Few stories knocked us off the chair; few left us misty, while others taught us important lessons of kindness, generosity and self-acceptance. Also, this book through all its stories gives a glimpse of our country’s rich diversity. There’s something or the other that every reader will relate to.
The highlight of the book is its simple and extremely relatable narration style. The cute black and white illustrations by Abhilasha Khatri add to the visual imagery. The beautifully designed cover page of the book gives you a sneak peek into little mommy’s childhood memories.
This book serves as a great conversation starter with your kids, to share with them your mischievous childhood. We are thankful to the creators of this book for providing us with the opportunity to have those heartfelt conversations (and numerous video calls to Nani for confirmations).
This book isn’t just a children’s book, but a book for everyone. This book is a gateway to relive your childhood with your children. And as the editor of the book mentions – ‘this will take you back in time when the world was somewhat different but the emotions are something that even a reader of today will relate to’.
So, get this book for the EMOTIONS it swirls, for the MEMORIES it rekindles and above all for the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE of our Mothers.
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