Review | Tap Tap Tapak (Hindi)

Author: Amar Goswami
Illustrator: Partho Sengupta
Publisher: Pratham
Language: Hindi

This review has been long overdue. But I felt it is appropriate time to talk about this book – it is the rainy season now, and kids love the rains!

Paper boats are out floating in the water and crazy dancing in the rains ensues. But what exactly does it mean for the animals in this jungle?

The title of this Hindi book from Pratham publications itself suggests it is a sound and the various interpretations by the residents of the jungle. So what does this sound stand for? This is exactly what the jungle animals do. They set out to find out the source of the sound they hear on a rainy day.

The author and illustrator have both done a great job in maintaining suspense, enough to hold a child’s interest in finding out more about the sound mentioned.

This Level 2 book by Pratham is a picture-rich story book appropriate for kids aged 3+.

Book Review | PLOP falls the Mango!

Author: Sarvendra Vikram
Illustrator: Eshita Munshi

Another gem from Pratham Publications, this translated story surrounds a mango that falls from a tree and the reactions of animals after it lands on the ground.

Beginning with a pigeon, a rabbit, and a squirrel, who are playing when the mango falls from the tree, to the seed of the mango lying on the ground after a cuckoo comes and eats it up, the author has woven the story sequentially.

Each page contains a surprise element as a different set of animals approach the mango seed – a curious rat, an owl, a monkey, a nightingale, a duck, goat, an onlooker crow, a spider, mongoose, and a lion and a lioness that walk past the mango seed. Rain and thunder follows, making the elephant trumpet loudly and shake a tree full of parrots, and the hen pecking at the seed. After the rains stop, the seed blossoms into a tiny plant. The rabbit, pigeon and squirrel watch the tiny plant grow from the seed.

Eshita Munshi’s illustrations visually stimulate children’s imagination of nature, rains, and reactions of various animals to the mango seed and the tiny plant which grows from it after the rains. The author has managed to even evoke reactions of the plant upon seeing the goat approach it as well as the reaction of the goat upon seeing the lion and the lioness returning from the pond.

One of the specialties of Pratham books is that they pose questions to children at the end of the book and leave the story open ended “what do you think happened next?”

This Level 2 reader succeeds in stimulating imagination and enhancing vocabulary too. A great book for toddlers to read aloud!