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Diversitydiscover.com will showcase established and new writers of children’s works. We want to encourage work on and by children; poems, short stories, paintings etc. Please check details under Submissions for submitting your work on children or by children known to you or works of established writers of children’s works that address diversity or diverse themes through their writings.

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Posters on Children and Peace by Francisco Gomes de Matos (Recife, Brazil)

Francisco Gomes de Matos is a well-known peace linguist from Recife, Brazil who is a prolific writer on peace. He captures the beauty and value of peace for human kind now, and suggests many innovative ideas on how to keep the world peaceful for our future generations. Dr. Matos is also Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco and President of the Board, Associação Brasil America.

Francisco Gomes de Matos, a pioneer in Linguistic Rights and his academic background is in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. Dr. Gomes de Matos is Professor Emeritus, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife. He has taught in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Among his publications are, Nurturing Nonkilling: a Poetic Plantation (published by the Center for Global Nonkilling, Hawaii) 2009, Learning to Communicate Peacefully ( available on- line Encyclopedia of Peace Education) 2008, and Nonkilling Linguistics (co-author) in Toward a Nonkilling Paradigm (edited by Joám Evans Pim) 2009. Dr. Matos is Co-founder and President of the Board, Associação Brasil América, Recife and Member of the Dom Helder Camara Human Rights Commission, UFPE, Recife, Brazil.

The below posters are strikingly created and the words are thoughtful and encouraging. If you wish to get in touch with Dr.Matos, his email is: fcgm@hotlink.com.br

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Diverse ways of bringing up children: Seven Tips

by Anita Nahal

“The purest, most beautiful relationship is with one’s child” Anita Nahal

“It is important NOT to confuse loving naturally with spoiling and spoiling unnaturally with loving!” Anita Nahal

Relationships can be of so many types and so diverse. For me the most beautiful relationship has been the one with my son.  When I first saw my baby after his birth, I was mesmerized … and still am. Nothing is more fulfilling than the innocent love of a child. As the years progressed I realized very early that my son had the soul of a mature old person and over the years our relationship developed wonderfully-- based upon friendship with dignity and respect.  It is not that we agree on everything but that we agree to discuss things we don’t agree upon and come to a common understanding and agreement as mature adults do -- that is what defines our beautiful relationship. 

While pregnant with my child, I read some books on child rearing and also observed others in the diverse ways children were brought up. I literally gobbled up Dr. Benjamin Spock’s book, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946) – an excellent book which is perhaps the bestselling book in the world on the topic of rearing children. Dr. Spock received both praise and criticism.  Some felt he was correct in his recommendations on raising children with love, but respect and direction. Others believed that his stress on physical love (cuddling, kissing children) made children weak.  I believe that a combination is required.  I am not a doctor but a mother who employed common sense, observation of other parents and a combination of diverse ways to bring up my son.  I strongly believe that hugging, cuddling, kissing children, allowing them to sleep with you or in the same room until they are five, eight or even ten years old, is not what makes children weak. On the contrary, physical love provides children security that is essential in the growing years.  It gives them a sense of roots, belonging and emotional strength. Parents might make children weak when they fail to instill in them respect for self, others, strength of character, strong moral values, truth and dignity, and spoil them by giving them money or things (toys, expensive clothes, etc.,) in excess or inappropriately, allowing them to watch T.V. for long hours, doing their homework for them, not making certain sacrifices in terms of the programs the parents watch, and need not, in front of children, the parents own dating practices, being rude to them in front of friends, family and others and letting them believe that they can have anything they ask for; thus, spoiling children in the important matters that develop a person's character makes them weak, NOT love.  If adults crave love, then why do we think that children would not?  So, please, do love  your children – physically and emotionally – ALSO respect them, give them values and morals and ALSO be firm when required in essential things such as school work, watching T.V., various pressures that can push them towards drugs, drinking or teenage sex and pregnancy.  It is important NOT to confuse loving naturally with spoiling and spoiling unnaturally with loving!

Benjamin Spock


Read in detail about Dr. Spock at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Spock

The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care

Book by Benjamin Spock

http://www.amazon.com/Spocks-Baby-Child-Care-Seventh/dp/B000H2MS2Y/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1292706837&sr=1-4#_

Thus through reading, and more so by observing other parents, I came to the conclusion that perhaps the best way to bring up a child was to treat the child as another individual …. a GROWN individual--with his own desires, needs, rights, and opinions.  I recommend the following SEVEN TIPS in bringing up children.

1)  TREAT THE CHILD AS A GROWNUP, AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND NOT AS A CHILD – and therefore speak with, and react to him/her, as you would another adult…with patience, respect and dignity and with NO expectations, except those that one has from other adults.  Part of treating children as adults also involves responding truthfully to them concerning such issues as sex, drugs and drinking.  For example, instead of giving them "the stork brought the child story," tell them the truth as simply as you can, depending upon their age when they ask such a question.  I will not give any specific age for which the following answers might be appropriate.  But each parent can decide depending upon the level of maturity of their child(ren). If children are really young, perhaps five or six, and they ask how they were born, you could simply say…with a straight face—no laughing or giggling about it---“well, you were in my stomach and when the time was right, the doctors took you out.”  Other questions may follow from the first one! Like, “Oh!  Okay…and how did I eat in there? Or breathe? Or go to potty?”   To which a reply could be, “There were tubes attached from my body to yours and part of what I ate went to you…and you breathed and did potty from the other tubes.”  If children are older, maybe eight or ten, and ask how children are born, tell them about the male and female organs and the functions these perform in producing children. Thus, depending upon the age, choose your words simply and tell them whatever truth that they can handle and keep adding to it as they grow and ask these types of questions until the complete answer is revealed at the right age. Another element to keep in mind in treating the child as an adult is to TRUST your child. And that trust will come through your effective parenting and love.  It is okay to give directions to a child on everything!  But I recommend a three- time rule.  Tell a child something three times and that’s it.  If the child promises to do what is the correct thing but breaks your trust, then go back and remind them of their promise and depending upon the situation and how serious the matter is, take appropriate action.  But if you keep telling them something again and again, it has no effect…then it becomes nagging and like in any other relationship, that is something that one does not want!

 2)  DON’T FORCE ANYTHING ON THE CHILD --  be it food, behavior pattern, educational choices, sports, friends, etc., because the more you force, the less likely you will achieve what you want and the more likely the child will go in the opposite direction.     Talk to the child about what your opinion/s are on any topic upon which the two of you do not agree and let the child know what would be the consequences if they proceed in the direction they want to and then LEAVE THEM ALONE for a while.  Go back to the topic after a couple of days by asking the child what conclusion they came to. It’s all about negotiation just as we negotiate with grownups.  Moral and emotional pressures can be applied but only to a point and after that, just let the topic be.  In fact, in some cases it is better to agree with the child and encourage the child letting him/her feel that they are free to decide.  Such subjects might include certain sports the child wants to play, academic disciplines they want to pursue or dating.  At times, when given the freedom to decide, the child may decide on your original viewpoint because the pressure is lifted and the child reflects on the pros and cons of the given situation on his/her own accord.  Remember, when your child comes back with a decision that you had initially recommended, don’t embarrass him/her.  You must make the child feel it was his/her decision.

3)  SHARE FAMILY ISSUES RELATED TO FINANCES, JOBS, HOUSE, FOOD, ETC., because this will give the child a sense of what is important and valuable for family growth.  For example, finances…it’s okay to discuss finances – without fighting – in front of the child so that he/she knows what the general budget is and what can be bought or not.  In turn, this would influence the child not to ask for things and create a fuss because he/she already knows how much the family can spend in a given month.   It is important to remember that when you share information and family issues with or in front of children, they are likely to offer their comments or opinions.  Do not brush these aside as childish blabbering!  If your child offers a comment or opinion, say in return, “Thank you dear,  that was most interesting/useful (depending upon the conversation/topic)...I appreciate it very much.”   This will build self-confidence and also encourage the child to voice his/her opinion without being dismissed, ignored or laughed at.   In turn, the child will also learn to offer opinions and then, depending upon your response, to engage in a conversation with you and feel responsible and be part of the solution.  As the child grows older, he/she will employ the techniques learned in younger years at home in relating to and dealing with others personally and professionally.  Sometimes it is also worthwhile to ask for the child’s input.  For example, if there is a family gathering it will be useful to ask the child, “Which food items do you think we should cook for your aunts and uncles/or grandfather/grandmother coming for dinner?”   The child may offer suggestions depending upon what he/she may have seen the relatives eat and like.  Thank them for their suggestions and incorporate these if possible. Children will feel involved in/with the family and also feel responsible.  

4)   NO UNNECESSARY PAMPERING!  It may sound cute and sweet, but pampering/spoiling of any kind is a BIG NO, NO!  Simple, constructive ways can be employed to avoid giving in to pampering.  For example, when a child begins to insist on something…it may be a toy, book, or a television program and you as a parent do not think that either you have the money to buy something or think a T.V. program is appropriate or beyond the child’s bedtime, then simply say, “so sorry my dearest but that’s not possible.”  Having said that do not budge and if the child throws a tantrum or cries or sulks, just say, “I know how you feel but this is not good behavior and I will not give in to that.”  If the child still insists, just ignore him/her and do something else to show the child that you  will not be influenced and that you are busy doing something else.  Once the child realizes that you will not budge, he/she will tire of crying or throwing any kind of tantrum and give up.  All the above would actually not be required if you do not pamper the child from the very beginning.  Also, remember, NO BLACKMAILING or ALTERNATIVES….such as “if you don’t insist on this, then I will give you….” Or “if you stop crying I will give you…..” PLEASE DO NOT PROMISE any money or anything to stop the child from throwing a tantrum.  If you do that, then the child knows that they will get what they want – or something else in its place -- one way or another.  In relation to buying things for your child, it is best NOT to take your children to toy shops until an age when he/she is aware of finances and budgets.  If you do take your child, do not ask the child what they want.  Choose two items that you think you can afford and ask the child which one he/she wants.  This will give the child the feeling of being involved, making decisions and will show them that you value his/her input but also that you have a plan and will stick to it without arguments.  As the child grows into youth and adulthood, he/she will be able to manage his/her finances without too many hassles. Another example is in food choices. Whatever is cooked in the house, the child should eat. Don’t indulge a younger child by laughing about what he/she does not eat -- seems very cute but it will become a big problem as the child grows older.  If the child does not eat what is cooked, let them be, don’t insist but also do not offer something different.  Just keep saying that what everyone else eats so shall he/she.  Say it politely but firmly, without budging from your decision.  Over time the child will appreciate and eat all that is cooked in the house barring the few times, like adults when we also don’t want to eat something….and that is NORMAL!

5)      INVOLVE YOURSELF IN YOUR CHILDEN’S LIVES AND ALWAYS BE THERE FOR THEM -- NO MATTER WHAT!  As children grow older, there are so many pressures that can impact upon their minds…grades, dating, break ups, or, in some serious cases, drugs, drinking and so forth.  You must always tell your children what is right and wrong but also tell them that if they commit what they believe is a mistake—no matter how big—they are not to panic or fear but just tell you because parents are the best friends and will always protect them.  Tell them repeatedly that even if the mistake is terrible ….it makes no difference…just come back home to you and tell you.  These days so many children commit suicide or run away from home -- perhaps out of fear as to what their parents would say.  You don’t want that….nothing is more important than the life and safety of your children…nothing!  Once the children trust you, they will never hide anything from you and always come to you with their problems.  So trust building has to come from you and then the children will follow suit.

6)     SELF RESPECT: Teach the child the importance of SELF RESPECT.  This is possible by being a good role model.  Seek and achieve respect for yourself from others…in the family, in the work place, etc., by the proper methods…no cheating, no lies, no wrong methods… If the child sees that his/her parents are able to secure self respect by being truthful, by being strong, by  not giving in or giving up, by not shouting or screaming or being rude to anyone, then the child wil have similar behavior and reactions. Children mimic behavior patterns of grownups.  Children are not born with a preset behavior pattern. Sometimes parents complain that their child is terrible, that he/she shouts, screams, tells lies, etc. My questions:  Why?  How?  Did the parents behave in this manner and, therefore, the child has picked up this behavior? Why blame the child for your inability to behave properly?  Sometimes, it may be too late for children to turn certain behavior patterns around. So this encouragement should start from the moment they are born.  If the  children learn self respect, they in turn will also learn to value themselves so that no one can take advantage of them and they can achieve their goals, despite hard times, with grit, determination and patience.   Also, it is important that during hardships, you keep your cool and strength so that children can learn that as well.   It is not that you should never cry or shout or become frustrated or irritated at times -- that’s natural--but then pick yourself up quickly so that the child learns that, yes there might be tough times that might bring out certain behavior or reactions that you are not proud of but that, more importantly, you recovered. Remember not to create drama or make a mountain of molehills.  Keep your cool; say, “I am sorry,” when needed and move on!

7)      FRIENDSHIP…that’s what you want with your children…to be FRIENDS foremost.  If you are friends … with respect and dignity that come from treating your children like adults, from sharing information and knowledge with them, by answering their questions simply and clearly, by not telling lies, by not pampering, and by involving yourself in their lives, then friendship will come easily.  And if there is friendship, then a healthy attitude towards self and others will develop in children. Of course you and your children will not see eye to eye always or have similar views on everything…but that is normal.  It is healthy to disagree but it is extremely important to discuss issues of disagreement without fights or rudeness, or sarcasm.   Having your children as your friends is the most beautiful thing.  Friendship brings truth, openness, courage, conviction of one’s beliefs and the confidence that you can say anything without fear and the friend will understand and always be there for you…that is what you want with your children.

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The following story, “SPECIAL ME,” teaches children to love and be proud of themselves as unique and wonderfully made individuals.


 

 SPECIAL ME!
By: Rebecca Scotton White

 

            “Mommy, why do I have this stubby hair with black polka dots on my body?
Cathy Cat has long hair and slanted eyes. I want to be like her,” sobbed Donnie Dalmatian looking into the mirror.
            “ Donnie you are a handsome Dalmatian dog, not a cat! You were
 born with beautiful black spots. God created all animals unique and
special in their own way. Be proud of who you are!”  replied  Mom.
            “ I’m tired of being a dog.  I don’t like barking all of the time. It’s boring!  pouted Donnie Dalmatian. I want to speak three languages like my friend, Cathy Cat. She can purr, meow and hiss!”
             “Oh my, we do have a little problem. I’ll have to send you to Proud Cat’s Academy to teach you how to purr, meow, and hiss.”
            “Will you, please mom?” he begged.
            “Well, ok,” she answered in a worried voice.
            “Yes!"  Donnie shouted, jumping up and down. "Let’s go right now! Thanks Mom!  You’re the best!”
          Donnie Dalmatian went to Proud Cat’s Academy and was accepted. They thought it was a little strange, but did not want to hurt his feelings.
            “Maybe it is just a phase. I hope he will out grow this very soon. I’ve never seen a dog who wanted to be a cat.” said his teacher.
.            Donnie Dalmatian graduated with honors after long hours of hard work. He returned home and ran to his mom with his certificate.
            “Mom, listen to me purr, meow, and hiss! I can’t wait to show my friend, Cathy Cat!” he said excitedly.
            “Cathy Cat, how do you like me now? Just listen to me! I can purr, meow, and
 hiss!”  Donnie Dalmatian exclaimed proudly..
            “ Donnie, I’m impressed. I liked you before you went to school, but I really like you now!  Hold your head up high like this. We’ll find the other cats to let them see the new and improved you!” 
             They strolled down the street purring, meowing, and hissing. Their friends were amazed!
            “Donnie, it’s fun being a cat, except for one thing.”
            “What’s that?”  he asked..
            “You must know this. There are some mean, wild dogs who do not like us. They scare and chase us all the time! They are Ruthless Rocky Rottweiler and Bad Bully Bulldog!” explained Cathy Cat nervously.
              Suddenly, they heard some loud, ferocious barking.
             “HERE THEY COME!” screamed Cathy Cat. The cats ran as fast as they could. Donnie Dalmatian could hardly keep up.
             “RUN, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!” shouted Cathy Cat. The cats ran up the nearest tree.
            “ Hurry, Hurry, Donnie.  Climb up!”
            “ I can’t!” panicked Donnie Dalmatian.
            “Why not!” asked Cathy Cat.
            “ I don’t know how! They did not teach me how in school!” he cried frantically.    “What am I going to do?”
            “I don’t know! If you don’t think of something fast, you will be dead meat!
            THEY ARE GAINING ON YOU!” she warned.
               His friends covered their eyes. Donnie Dalmatian stopped in his tracks and began to think. “God did not give me the spirit of fear, but of sound mind.
 What am I running for? I’m a dog, just like they are. I am not afraid of them!”
                He turned around and barked as loudly and fiercely as he could.
            “LEAVE US ALONE! I DON’T LIKE IT WHEN YOU SCARE MY FRIENDS!
            YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!”
              Donnie Dalmatian chased the dogs out of sight. They ran as fast as their short little legs could carry them, yelping like little puppies.
            “You can come down, now.” Donnie Dalmatian told his friends.
            “Ha, ha, ha, what a funny sight. Ruthless Rocky Rottweiler and Bad Bully Bulldog running with their tails between their legs through the woods.”  Cathy Cat said with a laugh.
            They all agreed, laughing hysterically.
            “Donnie you were so brave and daring!  You are our hero!”
            “Well, that’s what friends are for.” replied Donnie lovingly. He ran home to share the events of the day with his mom.
            “Donnie, I’m so proud of you! Now do you see how special and unique you are?”

 “Yes Mom, I’m glad to be me, a SPECIAL, BRAVE, DARING, DALMATIAN DOG!  WOOF, WOOF! WOOF,” he barked.

This story, “SPECIAL ME,” teaches children to love and be proud of themselves as unique and wonderfully made individuals.

Rebecca Scotton

Mrs. Rebecca Scotton White is employed at Randolph Community College as an English as a Second Language Instructor. She taught elementary-aged children for many years. She now tutors children part-time in reading, writing and math. She enjoys writing books, short stories and poetry for children. She also writes  gospel, contemporary, and country songs. You may reach her at beccawhite54@yahoo.com.  This  story may not be downloaded or copied without special permission.

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Thacher Hurd

Thacher Hurd
Thacher Hurd, an artist and author of such favorite picture books as Mama Don't Allow, Mystery on the Docks and Art Dog. Thacher began his artistic career in fine art before authoring and illustrating children's books. His entertaining stories engage a wide range of topics from the rhythm of jazz music in Mama Don't Allow (1982) to alien bovine abduction in Moo Cow Kaboom (2003). Thacher's most popular titles include Art Dog (1997), about a super-hero canine museum security guard, and Zoom City (1998) in which dogs hurtle through city streets in high-powered automobiles

Publications

The Old Chair, Greenwillow, 1978.
The Quiet Evening, Greenwillow, 1978, reissued, 1992.
Hobo Dog, Scholastic Book Services, 1980.
Axle the Freeway Cat, Harper, 1981.
Mystery on the Docks, Harper, 1983.
Hobo Dog's Christmas Tree, Scholastic Inc., 1983.
Mama Don't Allow, Harper, 1984.
Hobo Dog in the Ghost Town, Scholastic Inc., 1985.
Pea Patch Jig, Crown, 1986, published with cassette, Random House/McGraw Hill, 1988, HarperCollins, 1995.
A Night in the Swamp (pop-up book), Harper, 1987.
Blackberry Ramble, Crown, 1989, HarperCollins, 1995.
Little Mouse's Big Valentine, Harper, 1990.
Tomato Soup, Crown, 1991.
Little Mouse's Birthday Cake, HarperCollins, 1992.
Art Dog, HarperCollins, 1996.
Zoom City (board book), HarperCollins, 1998.
Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer, HarperCollins, 1998.
Cat's Pajamas (board book), HarperCollins, 2001.
Moo Cow Kaboom!, HarperCollins, 2003
Sleepy Cadillac: A Bedtime Drive, HarperCollins, 2005
(Co-author with John Cassidy) Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered, Klutz, 1992.
(With mother, Edith Hurd) Little Dog Dreaming (juvenile), illustrated by father, Clement G. Hurd, Harper, 1965.

Illustrator:

Ida Luttrell, Mattie and the Chicken Thief, Dodd, 1988.
Dayle Ann Dodds, Wheel Away!, Harper, 1989.
Carolyn Otto, Dinosaur Chase, HarperCollins, 1991.
Leah Komaiko, Fritzi Fox Flew in from Florida, HarperCollins, 1995.
Even Kids Get The Blues CD cover art, Re-Bop Records, 2004

Adaptations:

•Mystery on the Docks and Mama Don't Allow were adapted for television and broadcast on Reading Rainbow, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS-TV), 1984.
•Mama Don't Allow was also broadcast on CBS Storybreak, Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. (CBS-TV), 1986; was adapted for videocassette, Random House, 1988; and was adapted for a children's opera, Muskrat Lullaby, performed by the Los Angeles City Opera, October 6, 1989.
•Artdog was adapted into a filmstrip by Live Oak Media in 1999.
•Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer was adapted for television by Sony Wonder and broadcast on Fox Television in 2000.
•A narration and musical performance of Mama Don't Allow by Tom Chapin won a Grammy Award in 2001 for "Best Spoken Word Album for Children"

Jacket cover of one of his most
famous books, Art Dog

Writing and illustrating children's books isn't Hurd's only work. He and his wife, Olivia, are the founders of a 17-year-old company, Peaceable Kingdom Press, that sells posters, cards, wrapping paper and calendars based on children's books.

The couple started the company in 1983 in their garage in California's Bay Area as a way of making enough money to support themselves and their two sons, since the royalties from Hurd's books weren't enough to pay the weekly grocery bill. The company has grown to 21 employees and has published the work of 160 children's book artists.

Learn more about Thacher Hurd from his website: http://thacherhurd.com/

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Chaman Nahal

Nahal is our featured writer in our Famous Writers section. Below is a review of his three children’s novels that is a tribute to Nahal’s tremendous grasp over language to capture the imagination of young readers.

from
The Tribune
Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fascinating trilogy
Reviewed by Ramesh Luthra

Akela and the Blue Monster
Pages 118. Rs 100.

Akela and the Asian Tsunami
Pages 119. Rs 100.

Akela and the UFOs
Pages 119. Rs 100.
By Chaman Nahal. Aruvik Publishers.

VERY rarely does one come across a litterateur who devotes his creative power to writing for children. It is indeed creditable on the part of Chaman Nahal, a reputed writer, to have come up with the Akela trilogy—Akela and the Blue Monster, Akela and the Asian Tsunami and Akela and the UFOs—for young readers. The trilogy exudes freshness and an aroma worth any literary work meant for children.

These three books are a young boy called Akela’s adventures displaying the writer’s deep knowledge of science, technology and Indian mythology. One marvels at Chaman Nahal’s vast knowledge of Indian mythology, deep waters, the tremors therein, and the Mars et al.

Akela and the Bule Monster talks about the Ganges. Akela and the Asian Tsunami takes us to the realm of the Indian Ocean and the geographical factors behind the tsunami. The third part is even more adventurous. The readers travel to the Mars along with Akela and Rishi Baba and know a lot about the alpha hole basin. In each of the books, evil and destructive forces, Yamkal, the Ravana and his associates and the Maharani Anokhi, respectively, are up against the noble ones. The good ones, of course, prevail in the end.

This action-packed trilogy in hand creates thrilling sensation in the readers. In the struggle against the Yamkal, Rishi Baba, Akela and adivasis seem to act like soldiers on the front. The same impression do we form in the other two parts, where birds and animals have their own charisma. This endears the collection to the readers and undoubtedly keeps them glued up to the last page.

Nahal is at his best in descriptive passages. Mark the "pearly neck, light brown glittering eyes ..." of Akela’s carrier pigeon. Virtually a cinematic picture do we form when the Maharani and courtiers are transformed into statues, "The Maharani’s female attendants `85 their lehngas, their dupattas, their tight-fitting blouses were made of nothing but the substance `85 ." Also, the scene depicting the Maharani being held in the jaws of the tiger in the palace stays in our memory long after we have laid the trilogy.

With his sheer flight of imagination, the author maintains his hold on the readers and makes them oblivious of earthly problems around them. This is the real beauty of the triology. Besides this, there is a rich sprinkling of humour, with satire here and there. Dialogues between the parrot and Akela are a treat. Towards the end, the aliens asking for jalebis and wanting to take saris and glass bangles with them make our ribs tickle. Very subtly does the writer criticise violence in the land of Gandhi. What charms us most is the absence of loose threads herein. Angoori, who simply appears once in Akela and the Blue Monster, plays an indispensable role later on. The plot in all the books is well knit in a colorful texture. The collection makes a good read not only for the children but also for the grown-ups. The rich and deep knowledge of Indian mythology is imparted to us in a very convincing yet fascinating manner.

Obviously, the learned author’s intentions of making the young generation aware of our mythology are highly appreciable. It should be an asset of every child’s personal library, absorbing as well as an educative treat that it is deserves to be called a wonderful contribution to this genre virtually.

To contact Chaman Nahal, please write to cnfoundation@rediffmail.com.

Learn more about Chaman Nahal at:
http://biography.jrank.org/pages/4623/Nahal-Chaman-Lal.html

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