In ‘Pappa Veetu Vaasal,’ a little girl narrates the people she meets at her doorstep in her everyday life – the people who deliver milk, newspaper, vegetables, letters, and the school bus driver. She sees a favour from her neighbour; she feels the love from her family; and she cares for her pet.Through this book, I intend to bring in children, the feeling of community relationships.
The Happy Place can instill the love of gardening in little children. Ramya’s Bat can definitely inspire young girls to dream of sports that are stereotyped for boys. The illustrations need a special mention. Illustrator Chetan Sharma has done an excellent work. In fact, most part of the story is highlighted by the pictures rather than by the text.
3-5 years is the age when reading aloud to children actively excite children. Make book reading a part of your daily rhythm. Apart from vocabulary building and literacy skills development, the fantasy world books take children to is something I’ve adored as a mother.
“Once upon a time, there was a beautiful girl called Cinderella and she had two ugly stepsisters…..”
“Amma,” my little boy interrupted before I finished reading the first line of his first fairy tale.
“Bootifu? Huggy?” he wanted to know what ‘beautiful’ and ‘ugly’ meant. It was a difficult subject to deal with a kid, so I just pointed to the Cinderella and her stepsisters in the picture as I said ‘beautiful’ and ‘ugly’.
I was sure he wouldn’t get what they actually meant. In fact, I didn’t want him to.