A WALK WITH THAMBI

A WALK WITH THAMBI

ABOUT THE BOOK

“We were late. We were running in the street. We had played in the river, and we had climbed trees…” Everything Amma had said NOT to do!
A story of everyday fun that lights up the close bond between a boy and a dog, with clues that gently tell us that the boy is blind.

SNAPSHOT REVIEW

  • A Walk with Thambi is a beautifully written tale that features a blind boy and his guide-dog without ever using the words ‘blind’ or ‘guide’. It normalizes the state of blindness – Thambi happens to be blind just like another child might happen to be allergic to brinjal and neither of these realities needs to prevent children from living life the way they’d want to.
  • Lavanya Karthik’s text and Proiti Roy’s artwork come together wonderfully, and both are an integral part of the narrative. In fact, this book is one of those gems that rekindles your faith in the power of a picture book. It has few well-chosen words and wonderfully speaking pictures, and as a reader, one feels compelled to go through the text and the illustrations again and again, marvelling all the while at how effectively they reveal the story (even when you are not observant enough to notice things in it).
  • The book is a must-read read for children and adults alike to understand why a child’s ‘disability’ does not have to define or constrain her. She is as ‘normal’ as the next child and has access to an equally rich world and worldview.
  • A Walk with Thambi was shortlisted in the Best Picture Book: Story category at The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards 2019.

CONCLUSION

Picture books that promote inclusion implicitly are rare, which is why this delightful picture book should be included in every home and school library.

BOOK DETAILS


Author: Lavanya Karthik
Illustrator: Proiti Roy
Language: English
Page Extent: 28 pages
Price: Rs 175
ISBN: 978-93-5046-945-3
Publisher: Tulika Publishers, 2017
Subject Category: Fiction/Picture Book/Friendship/Disability/Inclusion
Age-group: 4+

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