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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My first foray into the world of literature was when I was three. My dad got me a magazine called ‘Magic Pot’ and simply said ‘You’ll like this. Read.’ I admit, I initially read only for the free stickers that came with the book, but as I grew older, most of my time was spent swimming through pages of monthly magazines and storybooks that my cousins passed on to me.
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The city of Techtropolis was on a roll like always. Factories were making nothing more than laptops, phones & tablets, and parents were teaching their kids to make robots. Every single household in the city was dedicated to making robots. This city was one-of-its-kind. And that day wasn’t far when the entire city would become controlled by robots.
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I joined a writing workshop,
Where I learnt to join my dots;
And picked the art of writing,
To give wings to my thoughts.
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He heaved a sigh of relief, having hiked all the way up to the crest. Joy dawned upon him, as he reminded himself of the fact, that he was the only person to have ever made it to the Stallrose peaks. The view filled him with serenity, calm and peace. The sight from this point was immensely breathtaking and its aura made it almost seem unreal. The peaks stood high and upright, embracing the enchanting sight, as the sky welcomed their presence with a warm and magnificent blue. Their wonderful artistry was a well-kept secret.
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I wasn’t born rich. I came from very humble beginnings. What u see of me today is a far cry from what I was back then.
I was born in the wild, not very far from this city. When I opened my eyes for the first time, I was amazed to see beauty all around me. I was surrounded by beautiful creatures, just like me. We enjoyed the sun, swayed in the breeze, danced in the rain and had fun all day long. Those still remain the best days of my life.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust us in a situation unlike any we have ever encountered in our lives, and that we fervently pray never to encounter again. What with social distancing, being cooped up in the house, restricted physical activity, the palpable stress of parents and caregivers, the kids have been affected like never before.
Hence, it is imperative that their minds are occupied and energies are channeled in a healthy and positive manner. This is precisely the reason why at BTB we have been using unconventional methodologies and holistic approach to build confidence in children and raise a more perceptive and artistic generation. To that end, we have programs for creative writing, building vocabulary and finding your unique voice to name a few.
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The abode. The only one in the entire area, sat on the crest of a low valley. In this two-storeyed duplex resided a couple – Rohan and Rhythm. They set up their dream house in the outskirts of the city where they could catch the view of fields of cotton dotted with flowers, a turquoise crystal clear lake with a bench near by, many baya weaver nests dangling from the twigs of trees and holy worshipping places too.
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The book “Against All Odds” tells us a creative and thoughtful story, but the only problem with it is that you can’t put it down once you start reading it. Kavya and Kartik are twins who shift to Rourkela from Kolkata. Kartik is one-armed since birth and hence, has many apprehensions about how he would be treated in the new school in Rourkela. What happens next is for you to read and discover, but I can vouch for the fact that it will be an emotional and motivational experience for you.
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Book Title: Manya Learns to Roar
Author: Shruthi Rao
Illustrator: Priya Kurian
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Recommended for Age Group: 6+ years
Published By: Duckbill Books and Publications Private Limited
“Manya Learns to Roar” is a story about a girl named Manya who struggles due to stammering. The book depicts her journey of overcoming her fears and apprehensions, in a realistic and entertaining manner.
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