The Postwoman and Other Stories by Priyadarshini is a captivating book of 8 short stories for children. Often children's books are pictorial, engaging, and full of messages. Similarly, this book is also high on all these aspects. In fact, the author has maintained a sensible balance of pictures and content throughout the book.
Before every chapter, there is a picture and quote that gives hint about the upcoming story. Inside the story, on every page, the author has put two pictures to make the book look engaging and captivating.
The title story ‘The Postwoman’ is about a small girl who impatiently waits for a letter from the hills, from a friend, on a rainy day. The letter is special. Why? Will she get the letter? This story also depicts the sagacity of moral responsibility towards a particular job. It simply shows that the job of a postwoman is not a cake walk. She had to cross a few hurdles to deliver the letters while being compassionate towards others.
Story about Son Papadi portrays the pure compassionate side of children. They were so excited to find about the man that in the end they help him by managing his stall for the day as he had some other commitments on that day. The story of Christmas shows that if we can unite for an occasion, then the dependence on external factors doesn’t matter much. In this story, the kids didn’t get desired commodities for Christmas celebration due to land slide, thus, they get things from home and make gifts for one another.
Likewise, all stories are great and indeed have great relevance to boost morale of the kids. This is a lovely book as it promised both at a time: engagement and education. Indeed a very good book from Priyadarshini.
The USP of the book is that it is set against the sublime natural backdrop. And in the end there is a glossary of names that epitomize some type of nature. For instance, Malli is Jasmine, Nila means Moon, and Neer means water.
The good thing about a children's book is that if it delivers the apt messages, there is no need that the book should come from someone as famous as Ruskin Bond or Sudha Murty. This is one book that, for sure, will appeal to parents and children alike. Since the book is short, nothing much can be revealed about it. Priyadarshini has superb writing flair for kids...her work is easy to read and understand. She kept things so simple that one may tempt to read this book over and again.
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