Friday, May 2, 2014

The Bicycle by Paavannan

The Bicycle has been adapted from the award winning story, “The Journey”, translated from Tamil by N Kalyan Raman.

Title: The Bicycle
Published By: Katha
Story: Paavannan
Art: Ayush Rajvanshi and Mohit Srivastava
Price: INR 95

What is it about: It is an endearing story about a young man who cycles in to a town and gets acquainted with a little boy.  The bicycle owned by the young man fascinates the little boy.  He has never ridden one and his mother will not buy him one.  After the young man walks in to their lives with his bicycle all the little boy can dream about is peddling away to ride into far off places.  Will the little boy ever own a bicycle?  Will his dreams come true?  That is what the reader discovers as the story unfolds.  

Why it stands Out:  Watercolor like translucent illustrations make this 30 page book a beautiful buy.  The story is a simple yet beautiful way of teaching young readers about caring and sharing.  It is about a young man’s journey and that of a little boy he meets and how the two roads converge somewhere along the line.   

Will be best enjoyed by: Young readers above 8 years

Tips for Moms and Teachers: Some activities you can link to this book are: 

Make a list with the kids about the things they can do for someone they know.  Or let them make a list of things to do for strangers like helping them cross the road, carrying a bag for someone, lending a book or pencil.  It could be anything.  The underlying lesson would be to do one act of kindness for someone and think about how it will make a difference to their lives. 
Love Ratings?
Suspense Quotient: 4
Fun Quotient: 4
Simplicity Meter: 3
Visual appeal: 4

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