WALKING THROUGH THE HILLS

WALKING THROUGH THE HILLS

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sonu and Monu walk up and down the hills every day, through steep paths and across streams, scampering over rocks and boulders, to reach their school. They see birds, trees and flowers, pluck wild plums and listen to the wind whistling through the pine trees.

SNAPSHOT REVIEW

  • This is the story of a walk to school in a setting that is likely to be alien to the mostly English-speaking, urban readers of this picture book.
  • The picture book has been illustrated in an almost childish style that gives it a feel of being created by a youngster. One wishes the illustrator had been credited.
  • However, the book fails to deliver on its dual promise of adventure and a story told through the eyes of its protagonists. There is, in fact, no story, no plot; this is just a flat narrative of a walk to school and back, somewhat exoticising what must be a hard life in a rural hill village.
  • The writing too “tells” rather than “shows” what the children see and feel.

CONCLUSION

A rather dull execution of an interesting premise. This is a chance missed to fascinate young readers with a new landscape.

BOOK DETAILS

Author: Bulbul Sharma
Illustrator: Not mentioned
Language: English
Page Extent: 24 pages
Price: Rs 195.00
ISBN (10): 81-86243-21-6
Publisher: Tota Books, 2016
Subject category: Fiction/Picture book/Nature
Age-group: 4+

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