Queen of Fire by the brilliant historian Devika Rangachari is the third in the ‘Queens’ series and unfolds the tale of the feisty, bold Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. I was intrigued when I got it as unlike the other two queens Dida of Kashmir and Prithvi Mahadevi, who were lost in the pages of history, Rani of Jhansi was a rather well known queen. I wondered what else could I discover about her…
This book ‘Hey, that’s an A!’ by Jerry Pinto became a fun thing for us. And why not?! Why don’t you try to put your hands up and make an A. Or why don’t you try and stand tall as “Y”. Totally totally amazing book with illustrations by Sayan Mukherjee that makes it fun while learning.
Abbakka is your typical warrior princess in training, a skilled archer, fierce, courageous, witty and embodies an easily likeable character as the protagonist. A girl thirsty for any sort of adventure as she sets out into dangerous missions to track down spies in her seas. She accompanies her mother whom she has a strong bond with in stopping the firangis (Portuguese) from capturing their precious pepper crop.
I started reading the book which at first, looks like a page from everyday life that revolves around this teenage boy Taran and his family. Starting out with a peek into sibling rivalry and taking us through the colours of Ganapati visarjan, the story efficiently unfolds its adventure and fantastical elements with a quick turn of events. Soon enough, Taran finds himself charged with a mission by the Lord Ganesha himself!
Here’s a selection of picture books (for children between ages 4-7) by Indian authors, that are absolute favourites at Nandita da Cunha’s home. These are the books her daughters (now 7 and 9) have read and re-read (and continue to do so…!)
What do you do when your parents are at loggerheads and don’t let you play together? Inu and Putti have become friends and are determined to dissolve the animosity between their parents.