THE GIRL, THE BOY AND THE KITE

THE GIRL, THE BOY AND THE KITE

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Persian folktale about girl, a boy and a kite, and a journey they go on together.

SNAPSHOT REVIEW

  • 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.

CONCLUSION

A picture book with detailed, colourful illustrations and imaginative text, but overall, the story remains unclear.

BOOK DETAILS

Author: Marjan Keshavarzi Azad
Illustrator: Elham Kazemi
Translator: (Not mentioned)
Language: English
Page Extent: 20 pages
Price: Rs. 65.00
ISBN: 978-93-81337-82-0
Publisher: Eklavya, 2016
Subject category: Fiction/Picture book/Folktale
Age-group: 4+

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