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Book Review – Prince With a Paintbrush

Book Title – Prince With a Paintbrush – The Story of Raja Ravi Varma

Author – Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan

Illustrator – Rayika Sen

Genre – Biography

Publisher – Red Panda

Recommended Age – 6+ years 

“The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.” Judy Garland.

Mona Lisa is a world–famous painting by Leonardo De Vinci. The specialty of the painting is that it looks towards us from all the sides. But, there are many other artists and painters around the world who have done wonders. However, we do not know of all of them and hence, it is so important that we tell stories of these extra-ordinary talents to pass on their legacy from generations to generations.  “Prince With a Paintbrush – The story of Raja Ravi Varma” by Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan does exactly this. It is a fantastic illustrated biography of one of the greatest artists of India – Raja Ravi Varma. 

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Book Review – The Chameleon Effect and Other Stories (Isapuram Tales – Book One)

Book Title – The Chameleon Effect and Other Stories (Isapuram Tales – Book One)

Author – Anita Satyajit

Genre – Realistic Children’s Fiction/Short Stories

Publisher – Anita Satyajit

Recommended Age – 6+ years 

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Book Review – Hope: Stories for a healthy mind

Book Title – Hope: Stories for a healthy mind

Author – Pragati Sureka 

Genre – Realistic Fiction 

Publisher – Scholastic India

Recommended for Age Groups – 5+ years

Book Summary  

This book contains three stories about three different kids – Ryan, Kabir, and Shoma – who come across various emotional challenges, which they are struggling to deal with and are unable to share comfortably with their parents. The stories depict the journey of how they overcome their challenges and learn to deal with the circumstances they are in. The book has a separate segment for parents too, with simple  guidelines on how to boost a child’s emotional well-being. This book is for parents as well as children for mental health awareness.  

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Book Review – Dasavatara

Book Name – Dasavatara

Author – Piyusha Vir

Illustrator – Aparajitha Vaasudev

Publisher – Westland (Red Panda Imprint)

‘Dasavatara’ by Piyusha Vir, as conveyed in the title itself, is a book about the 10 main avatars of Lord Vishnu (the preserver). The book consists of short stories about each of these Avatars. All of these stories have an underlying theme – when darkness tries to take over the world, Lord Vishnu comes to the rescue as, after all, he is the preserver! 

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Book Review – Spellbound!

Book name – Spellbound!
Author – Nalini Sorensen
Publisher – Scholastic India

“Spellbound!” is a unique and delightful book by renowned author Nalini Sorensen with a contemporary and refreshing take on the classic tale of “Princess and the Frog”. The base and the plot remains the same, but the end is radical in a way that teaches us so much more than the cliché fairy tales we were introduced to as kids. 

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Book Review – Esperanza Rising

Book name – Esperanza Rising
Author – Pam Munoz Ryan
Publisher – Scholastic
Recommended for Age Group – 8-12 years

‘Esperanza Rising’ is an interesting book about a girl named Esperanza who thought that life is always full of happiness but a sudden change brought a whole new life in front of her. The book focuses on how she accepts this new life and rises to new heights.

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