My House is the touching story of Pranav and Maya through which young readers can be introduced to the world of colors from a child’s viewpoint. The first thing you notice about this picture-book is that the illustrations are attractive and the book has been produced well. The illustrations have reproduced nicely in print and they support the storyline competently. The characters talk about different colors and each illustration on the page focuses on the colors. This allows a child to match the visual with the color and is a good way to reinforce the identification of colors.
However, the storyline is restrictive. There is a certain monotony to the text, which does not build up significantly to the ending. Repetitive text might work well with a child who is new to the language; if not, she/he is likely to find the text tedious. The literal translation of the text does not really flow well with the storyline. Also, I am not sure if Pranav’s character belongs to the village setting of the book. He seems more like a city child planted in a village scenario.
The natural play of ‘mine’ and ‘yours’ that occurs in the children’s talk is likely to be the winning idea of this book. And the illustrations of course, which will definitely hold the young reader’s attention.
As one thinks about the story, one is reminded that a house becomes special only when someone is waiting to receive us, and this is gently brought out in the book.
By Niju Mohan
Author: Nandini Nayar
Illustrator: Sreekanth Raj
Price: Rs. 120.00
Tulika Publishers, 2014
Subject category: Contemporary/Concepts