This is a book bubbling with joy and fun. It comes across as a celebration of human creativity. Through the conversation between Sameer and his mother, the author shows how one’s mind can dream up various objects and conjure multiple possibilities using the gift of imagination.
Sameer’s mother does not provide ready-made answers to his various questions. She stimulates his curiosity and urges him to guess and predict. She encourages him to let his mind wander, to spin tales and come to his own conclusions. The simple act of unwrapping a gift becomes a source of great excitement and adventure and strengthens the bond between mother and child.
What is most pleasing about the illustrations is that they exude a handmade feel and do not seem over-designed. The pictures reflect the warmth and intimacy of the story and bring Sameer’s fantasy world to life.
This book is an excellent resource to strengthen children’s self-esteem and affirm their capacity to create.
By Chintan Girish Modi
Author: Nandini Nayar
Illustrator: Francesco Manetti
Karadi Tales, 2013
Subject category: Contemporary/Fantasy