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Growing Up Series

By : Vibha Sharma  /  2014
1.

Growing Up Series - I Can Help

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Growing Up Series - I Can Help
Author:
Mini Shrinivasan
Illustrator:
Aman Randhawa
12 pages
English
Rs 30.00
ISBN: 978-81-84794-45-8
Pratham Books, 
2013
2.

Growing Up Series - I Can Climb

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Growing Up Series - I Can Climb
Author:
Mini Shrinivasan
Illustrator:
Deval Maniar
12 pages
English
Rs 30.00
ISBN: 978-81-84794-50-2
Pratham Books, 
2013
3.

Growing Up Series - I Am Not Afraid

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Growing Up Series - I Am Not Afraid
Author:
Mini Shrinivasan
Illustrator:
Rayika Sen
12 pages
English
Rs 30.00
ISBN: 978-81-84793-40-3
Pratham Books, 
2013
4.

Growing Up Series - I Can Make Things

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Growing Up Series - I Can Make Things
Author:
Mini Shrinivasan
Illustrator:
Tanvee Nabar
12 pages
English
Rs 30.00
ISBN: 978-81-84794-55-7
Pratham Books, 
2013
Tags : 
Fear,
Growing Up,
Problems,
Overall Rating : 
10
Story/Content : 
5
Illustration : 
4
Language : 
5
Design : 
5

A set of four books, is Partham's offering in the Growing Up Series. They are meant for very young children who are just beginning to read so the text is kept minimal on every page. The books are perfect to read to young children too. The four books have two themes - overpowering phobia and feeling confident to do things independently. The author Mini Srinivasan has done a commendable job in weaving tiny scenarios around these significant themes that children go through in their early growing up years.

Children feel all grown up (which is what they look forward to) and important when they are entrusted with some responsibilities. They try to dispense the designated duty to the best of their abilities. They may falter at it but that is part of the fun of the growing up process. In the book I Can Help, that is exactly what is highlighted. The child is too eager to help around in the house. She likes to feed little brother, spread laundry on the clothesline, serve juice to guests at home, help mother get ready in the morning and help father at his shop in the evening. Sometimes she is gently told to not help for some time and at that time she likes to sit in a corner and read books.

I Can Climb talks about the apprehension of taking a new step or trying something new. But once that step is taken, the pleasant feeling of having conquered a big milestone makes all the earlier feelings of fear and stress fade away. Here in this book, a little boy has already learnt to climb up - on a chair, on a table, on stairs but he is not able to climb down. One day he musters all his courage, he is afraid but tries not to cry. He slowly takes one step down at a time and in no time, he learns a new thing - climbing down.

‘Unknown’ is something which incites fear. But when the unknown becomes known, the feeling of fear just disappears. I Am Not Afraid is all about that. The little girl sees something in the dark and she is scared but when she looks closely, it is just a cat. She then sees a big dark thing which turns out to be the well. She hears some creaking sound which is nothing but her sister drawing water from the well. She hears some footsteps and feels overjoyed when she realizes that it is her mother who has come back from fields.

A child possesses an unprocessed fresh mind and this gives him/her an ability to imagine and create varied things on his/her own. In I Can Make Things!, a little boy feels very happy drawing a picture of his mother who usually sits very still. He draws a picture of his sister who cannot sit still even for a second. He can make paper airplanes and paper fish. He can draw a fat cat and roll a chapatti. He can make birds, boat, houses and trains. He derives pleasure from the power of being able to create something. It gives him confidence to try many new and varied things every day.

The illustrators of the books are students at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. The illustrations were done as part of the lab conducted by Pratham Books there. The simple text is just right for the target age group. The scenarios narrated through the words come to life by the lovely illustrations of the artists - Aman Randhawa, Deval Maniar, Rayika Sen and Tanvi Nabar.

These thin bilingual (Hindi and English) books make a wonderful gift item for little children. They serve dual purpose - addressing age appropriate adventures and challenges; and making children familiar with two languages as he/she starts reading.

 

Vibha Sharma is from Bangalore, India. She is a software engineer and a management graduate by profession but is now a stay-at-home mother of two children. The passion to read and write brought her to the blogging world. Vibha has two blogs—one devoted to book reviews and interviews—Literary Sojourn and Literary Siesta (Short Stories For Children), where she posts short moral stories for young children.

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