ABOUT THE BOOKA Persian folktale about girl, a boy and a kite, and a journey they go on together.
- This translated Persian folktale is one of Eklavya’s “Across the Seven Seas” series, bringing stories from different parts of the world to Indian readers.
- The evocative, vibrant illustrations go with the story, and have plenty of detail to keep readers engaged for a long time.
- One of the protagonists uses crutches, something that is clearly and matter-of-factly mentioned in the story.
- The text is a little clunky, and one can see that something has been lost in translation. Perhaps the story needed a little more to tie the protagonists together. Nevertheless, there is enough in the tale to fire young imaginations.
- The ending is somewhat ambiguous. Spoiler alert: it makes one wonder if the little girl dies, leaving her mother staring at the sky, cleaning her crutches.