Five-year-old Mihir is fascinated by his grandmother’s lunchtime tradition of feeding birds at her kitchen window. Mihir likes to call them his “lunch-friends! But when the big mango tree nearby that is home to the lunch-friends is cut down, they stop visiting. Mihir is anxious and wants to help. What does he do?

An inspiring story of a little kid thinking big.


  • This illustrated story about a young boy’s holidays with his grandmother touches upon the effects of rampant urbanisation and habitat loss.
  • Rather than explain the bigger picture, the story focuses on what an individual can do; in this case, the boy plants a tree, and ten years later, his effort pays off.
  • The illustrations are clean and simple, and done using bright colours, which will appeal to young readers.
  • While the story is written in a straightforward manner, some editing and tightening of the text would have made it more child friendly.


A story that encourages children to look around them and think about the other living things that share the world with them.


Author: Srividhya Venkat
Illustrator: Shailaja Jain Chougule
Language: English
Page Extent: 28 pages
Price: Rs. 195.00
ISBN: 978-81-7621-294-6
Publisher: Tota Books, 2017
Subject category: Fiction/Picture book/Friendship
Age-group: 4+

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