Apr 102023
Taste the cherry of determination with Ruskin Bond’s A Tree of My Own [Review]
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Title: A Tree of My Own

Author: Ruskin Bond

Illustrator: Barkha Lohia

Publisher: Talking Cub, an imprint of Speaking Tiger Books

Type: Paperback

Pages: 16

Age Group: 6 – 8 years (for self reading, can be read to 5 year olds as well)

Written in a poem form, this book is so lyrical that it’s difficult to put down. It talks about a boy who once thought that he wanted to have a tree of his own and so he put some cherry seeds in the ground and forgot about it.

The seeds then beautifully grow into a plant which gets destroyed by weather but then keeps growing back every season and finally in eight years the boy has his own cherry blossoms right at his doorstep. The struggle and the determination of the little cherry plant to keep coming back is described in the most poetic way possible.

The illustrations are almost dreamy with use of minimal and soothing colours. The sense of achievement and excitement we felt when we saw that first cherry on the tree can be experienced only when one reads this book. It is one of those books that will be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

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ADDED BY ASHA: NEW RELEASE JAN 2024Look at The Colours of Life for 6-8 yrs (can be read to 5 yr olds). Pooja has shared an incredible review in our kbc facebook group here along with the beautiful inside pages. Excerpts:

The book talks about the different colours that we see in our daily life in a poetic form which is so refreshing. The book not only talks about the colours visible to the eye but also about things that have no colour – which makes it very interesting. It also explains how the colour of things around us changes as a result of different seasons.

Ananya was drawn by the detailed illustrations – they are just spectacular. I have been a big-time Ruskin Bond fan, and was SO happy to see Ananya sit through all 16 pages at a stretch and read it one go. Colours indeed make everything so beautiful and this book just celebrates this theme.

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