Saturday, April 26, 2014

Run Ranga Run by Geeta Dharmarajan

Run Ranga Run by award winning author Geeta Dharmarajan is a book that sensitizes young readers  to the dangers faced by the rhinoceros in an endearing child like manner. 
Title: Run Ranga Run
Published By: Katha
Story: Geeta Dharmarajan
Illustrations: Srivi
Price: INR 95

What is it about: Ranga, a baby rhino tells readers her story of bonding with her mother, learning to walk, run and be watchful in the wild.  The book begins with Ranga’s birth and nurturing in the wild.  She learns everything about life from her mother.  She learns to battle danger on her own and later with her baby brother and mother. 
What happens when poachers target Ranga and her family in the wild?  Well I won’t give that away.  Read this engaging book to know more.  

Why it stands Out:  Spread over 30 pages, this book has beautiful illustrations of the wild by Srivi.    The illustrations bring the story alive and the author tells a simple story yet thought provoking story through Ranga.  It is an excellent tool to introduce new words like prodding, nudge, content and the like to readers.  

Will be best enjoyed by: All kids above 6 years will enjoy this book.  

Tips for Moms and Teachers: Some activities you can link to this book are:
Tell your kids about the rhinoceros and the dangers it is facing in the wild.  

Talk to them about poaching and sensitize them to the issue.  

The real lesson lies in realizing the importance of telling young readers about how they can be ambassadors of wildlife protection by simply talking about the dangers animals like the rhinoceros face in the wild.  

The book is also about the mother-child relationship.  Get the kids to talk about their relationships by taking about what mummy does for them.  

Love Ratings?
Suspense Quotient: 4
Fun Quotient: 2
Simplicity Meter: 3
Visual appeal: 4

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