Pig and Pug

pig-and-pug-9781481421317_hr Some books just make your day. Now this one, which I am talking about is just the same. The illustrations are so simple, the language is playful and witty. A delightful treat for kids and adults.

Pig and Pug by Lynne Berry and illustrated by Gemma Correll is about two pets, a Pig and a Pug, who don’t get off to a great start. They keep pushing each other’s buttons, until they become friends.

One cannot help but adore these frenemies. And it reminds me to of the squabbles of toddlers and frequent shifts from enemies to friends and visa versa.

Take a look at this video


What we read last month – January 2017

48818068 Treasury of Classic Stories by Gaby Goldsack and Kath Jewitt

This beautifully illustrated book has a collection of 17 animal stories for young children. The stories include:

  1. The river bank
  2. The Golden Goose
  3. The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  4. Alice and the White Rabbit
  5. The Ugly Duckling
  6. The Tortoise and The Hare
  7. Mowgli’s brothers
  8. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  9. The Six Swans
  10. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
  11. Puss in Boots
  12. Tales of Black Beauty
  13. Chicken Licken
  14. The Three Little Pigs
  15. The Open Road
  16. Mowgli and Baloo’s Lessons
  17. The Musicians of Bremen

whatsapp-image-2017-02-06-at-10-18-22-am Tenali Ramakrishna Stories by Umesh Vaman Prabhu

About five hundred years ago, there lived a great king called Krishnadevaraya. He ruled one of the greatest kingdoms in south India, the Vijayanagar kingdom. There were eight poets in his kingdom named “Ashtadiggajas”. One of the poet in ashtadiggajas was “Tenali Ramakrishna”. Tenali Ramakrishna was famous all over the world for his wit and spontaneity.

This book contains 63 stories from Tenali Ramakrishna’s life. It was a fun read for my 6 year old.

892090-_uy200_ The Minpins by Roald Dahl

“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

This story is of Billy who wants to explore the Forest of Sin. What he discovers in the Forest of Sin is the most terrfiying monster, the Gruncher and Bills climbs a tree to save himself. Billy then discovers Minpins, little people who live in the trees. These Minpins end up working together with Billy to get rid of the Gruncher.

Sometimes We Win, Sometimes we Learn……

Last month my son who is in first grade had a quiz competition in his school. School did not give any clue about the topics to be prepared for quiz, so as a desperate mom I was trying to feed his brain with extra information but unfortunately skipped the part of logical reasoning. He was not selected for final rounds and the good part is he was not upset about it at all as he is still getting in terms with the fact of “what is competition?”.

So do you think as a mother should I worry about it?, or focus on what he learnt in this process?. The reality is I was little upset, but fortunately I did not try to make my son feel sad and encouraged him for next acadamic year. I was not upset for him but I was upset from myself as I kept expectation from him to do well.

As mothers we keep high expectations from ourselves and that is the root cause of creating an unhappy environment at home. We read many blogs and books on parenting but still loose our patience and repeat same mistakes which can damage our kids self-esteem. Like every other mom I am also in the process of learning new ways of parenting and I know its a long way to go. Thanks to those parenting blogs and books which keep reminding us our mistakes in this whole process.

Dear friends, I know you are reading this piece of story from some other corner of the world. For those of you I want to convey that, this is not another blog on parenting, but its about what my son became curious for and what he shared with me.

After he came home from school he shared what he had observed in the quiz competition. He talked about quiz teams, rapid fire rounds and score-points. Out of all these, two activities have attracted him, one is rapid fire round and another is name of quiz teams. He was so fascinated by this whole process that all the way from school to home he kept explaining me about rapid fire round and how its played. I can still imagine with what zeal and enthusiasm he was explaining about the team and team members.

While having the discussion he joyfully said that, “Our class was in team – Albert Einstein”.
That’s when he asked, ” Mumma can you show me a video of Albert Einstein? Who he was?Is he dead or alive?”
And with a smile I said, ” Yes we will learn about him dear”.

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Many times earlier also I tried to introduce him with famous scientists, but this time it was he, who showed interest to know about Albert Einstein. So my task began, to look for storybooks and videos related to Einstein and fortunately I was able to find one, which I am including with this blog. I wish to keep this book in our shelf as it introduces Albert Einstein and his remarkable inventions in a very simple language and attractive illustrations.

So here it is ON THE BEAM OF LIGHT by Jennifer Berne (Author) and Vladimir Rudunsky (Illustrator) and the discussion we had after watching it is another interesting story……..

As the discussion continued I came to know that there were three more team names, one was “Isaac Newton” and other two names he could not recall.

What a great way to introduce Scientists to these young curious souls!!

By God’s grace he has always been very observant and curious towards Science, how stuff work?, our existance on Earth, and many more topics. I wish to be always there with him in his quest of Science & Life.

This incidence had reminded me of one quote that says, “It dosen’t matter if you win or not! It’s the journey and the knowledge you gain in this process should be celebrated”.

Hopefully you have enjoyed reading this blog and now I would like to end it with a beautiful quote by Paulo Coelho which we parents should always remember…….


Wombat Goes Walkabout

One day Wombat woke up and thought, “I think I’ll dig a hole today.” Wombat loved digging holes. So off he went and dug a deep, deep hole. He crawled inside and sat therImage result for wombat goes walkaboute in the cool and the dark and began to think, because Wombat loved thinking too. He thought to himself , ” Why is the sky blue? Why am I a wombat and not a kangaroo ?

And this is how the unique story of a burrowing plant-eating Australian marsupial, which resembles a small bear with short legs starts.
It’s one of our favorite as it conveyed a special message and gave us a glimpse of Australian animals through beautiful verbs accompanied by pencil sketches.

This is a brilliant book for 5 to 7 years old kids, who are exploring verbs and learning about new animals.

A Special Message:
This story of Wombat conveys a message, that everybody in this world is unique in their own way and have special skills. When all the other animals in this story show off their skills and do not appreciate wombat’s talent, it’s wombat who tries to save everyone from danger engulfing the forest.

Do you want to meet Australian Animals?
Author of this book Michael Morpurgo takes us for a ride to the “Australian Outback”, where Wombat has lost his mother and while looking for her in bushes he wanders and meets with all different kind of creatures: Kookaburra,Wallaby, Possum, Emu, Boy, and Koala.

Explore verbs for Animal sounds and Movements:
The best part of this book is that, the Author has chosen variety of verbs to describe “animal movements” like: cackling kookaburra, hopping wallabies, swinging possums, hunting boys, scampering emus, and dozing koalas.
Also if you get a chance to read this book you will find that instead of using “Said” every time he has used verbs like cackled, laughed, snapped, called and asked.

This book is not only a treasure for verbs but it also introduces kids with animal habitats and their special skills and features.

Illustrator Christian Birmingham has beautifully described this story through his pencil sketches and red-gold pastel paintings.

Extended Activities for 6-7 years old :
While looking for activities related to this book I got a valuable information which we can do with our kids at school and at home. You can click here to know more.

Picture and Video Credits : Google and Youtube .

Quick Quack Quentin

quick-quack-quentinToday I came across this hilarious book called “Quick Quack Quentin” from a Facebook group, I am member of. It is written by award-winning Kes Gray and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field.

I quickly googled for it and came across a read-aloud video. Absolutely brilliant and clever, I must say.

It is a wonderful book to teach children about vowels and animals.

Suitable for ages 3+

Here is the youtube video. Enjoy!!!

(Image taken from Google)

What we read last month – December 2016

7785 I can read with my eyes shut by Dr. Seuss

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go”.

We loved this book. The illustrations are bright and colourful. Not to mention lovely rhyming text to go with. Dr. Seuss conveys what a joy it is to read.



The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnettt

“Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way – or always to have it.”

Another gem. the idea of a sickly child being healed with love and attention was very moving. It is a lovely story in every sense of the word.


510mky4x32l-_sy344_bo1204203200_ Nate the great by Marjorie Weinman sarmat

It is a perfect introduction to the mystery genre for little kids. Nate is a quiet, serious little kid who helped his friends solve mysteries.  My 6 year old daughter devoured this book.



the-secret-seven-volume-1 The Secret Seven (# 1) by Enid Blyton

The Secret Seven is the first book in the series. The Secret Seven consists of Peter and his sister Janet, and their friends Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara .The group of friends hold secret meetings in the hope of uncovering a mystery they can solve.Worth a look for any voracious 7 or 8 year old reader.


(All images are taken from Google)