I was inducted into the School of Nature by my parents from a young age and have always been an outdoor person from then on and developed interest and respect for nature. Sadly kids nowadays are missing that,which in turn develops into being unsocial,no respect for nature or its bounty.But then there are creators like Devangana who can take something like bird watching and weave a wonderful narrative around it,full of vibrant drawings and hand drawn images of the Indian Bird Family.This book is not only engaging,but also gives the reader ample information about the winged members of the Indian Jungle turning it into a sweet soundig Radio show.Other than being a wonderful book,it is a fantastic gifting option,which will not only generate interest among the tiny readers,but also develop their curiosity for bird watching and nature in general.
What we loved 🐦 The story is very simple and straightforward- no suspense and a feel good book. 🐦 I've become so much more knowledgeable after V, thanks to her books. I did not know the names of more than half the birds mentioned in the book, until I read it! 🐦 The whole book is written in beautiful rhyme and the bird calls are woven beautifully into the text making reading this book aloud such an enriching and fun experience 🐦 The sparkly illustrations stay with you for a long time after you've read it. 🐦 The index at the end of the book, that names all the birds mentioned, resources used to research makes one applaud the author's effort. 🐦 Lastly, V and I wondered why we dont hear these bird calls any more. All we know are the kaa-kaas. Led us to an insightful conversation on depleting natural habitats and a promise to spot atleast one bird other than a crow on every walk.
Thoughtfully conceptualised and beautifully made. You could buy the book just for it's colourful graphics too, but no harm in learning the voices of some 30 odd birds found around us. Also, there's a helpful guide on which santuaries to frequent if one is into birding, and a set of guidelines for budding birders. All in all, it's a steal for being this informative.
Nature's music is beautiful. an extremely colourful and informative picture book for children. Thoroughly researched and designed for easy reading by young kids, the book calls for conservation of birds and their delicate song. I am going to gift it to all young ones in my family. I learnt about so many birds and itll be a great recommendation in schools. Excellent work by Devangana Dash!
It's such a delight to read. The illustrations are very colorful and beautifully fill the pages and give the story the wings to fly through our imagination. Got this for my nephew and he loves it! Must buy for children.
The amazing illustrations capture your attention right away. Although its a children's book, an adult can enjoy reading it too. A beautiful way to introduce the variety of birds in India to the younger generation.
Beautifully illustrated book ! Great way to introduce kids to birds and nature. The illustrations capture their attention very well. Even as an adult I enjoyed the book. Very good quality and information
What a delight it is to review such a beautiful book. This may not be true for people, but the phrase "beautiful - inside and out" rings so true for this book. At first, what caught my attention about The Jungle Radio was the gorgeous cover.
Yes, I did judge this book by its cover and I'm telling you, I wasn't disappointed in the least.
The Jungle Radio is full of melodies from the jungle, a compilation of songs of many birds from all over India. And there are so many. An artistic blend of colourful illustrations and poetic narration, this book introduces us to a multitude of stunning Indian birds ranging from the Magpie to the Koel, from the Munia to the Flamingo, from the Parakeet to the Shama, through the eyes of little Gul who is, and I quote, ‘...curious to know, who are the musicians of this sweet-sounding radio show?’
I have to admit that most of the names were new to me and I had no idea that there were Parakeets in India. As for Laddoo, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that she showed as much interest in learning the names of birds as she did insects and reptiles. Ever since this book arrived, this has quickly become Laddoo's new favourite, so much so that she has learned the name of the book and specifically asks for it.
What I loved the most about the prose was how bird sounds were incorporated into the rhyme, that make reading out loud such a fun experience for the child. Laddoo's favourite is "chak-chip-chippurrr chham chamm".
Every single page in this book is a work of art and so pleasing to the eye even with a busy design. The intricate details in the illustration, and the aesthetic combination of pastel shades (maybe that's why I'm a bit partial) combined with the unique Indian-ness lent to the illustrations make it even more appealing.
When I'm not around to read it out to her, Laddoo loves flipping through the pages and pointing out names of the birds she knows, including the ones she's learnt since we started reading this book, and other things she can see and recognise.
Another wonderful thing is the Bird Directory at the end of the book titled "What's that bird?" This includes illustrations and names of ALL the birds mentioned in the book in the order of appearance. Laddoo and I make a fun game of it where I point at pictures and she names the birds. Sometimes, I also call out bird names and ask Laddoo to show me where the bird is.
If your child is anything like mine, (or even if s/he is not), this is a great book to have in your collection. In my experience, most babies are fascinated with other life forms whether they're birds, animals, sea creatures or creepy-crawlies. Laddoo and I have just begun enjoying reading books and we couldn't be more thrilled that such a beauty will adorn our modest bookshelf.
Another brilliant book by our very own Indian author Devagna Dash. One must applaud her on this for capturing the essence of nature beautifully and packaging it into a book that will appeal to the children.
Children are fascinated by birds from a very young age. It starts with the common crow. Perhaps owing to the fact that they fly about and it looks magical to the eyes of these minions. Slowly and assuredly as they grow they begin to recognise the call of the bird and truly that is how they identify the birds. From eagles to sparrows we have all enjoyed the bird's songs but there are many more Indian birds whom we haven't a knowledge because we didn't have the time to stand and stare. This book will change the way you look up at the sky the next time you visit a park or a natural reserve.
The Jungle Radio Bird Songs of India written and illustrated by Devangana Dash is a Puffin book. This children book brings out the musical playlist of birds in a jungle.
The book is written in verses as Gul introduces birds to readers. The author has worked on little details that add a charisma. Like summers are ideal for birdwatching. Also, a way to identify a bird is from its song. Further, each bird mentioned is found in the Indian subcontinent making it easier. At the end making it a relatable and enjoyable reading.
The artful simplistic and eye-catching illustrations are a delight to readers. They cover the entire page along with the appropriately sized text.
Next time the little reader is outdoors in a park or playground or vacationing in hills, this book would surely encourage them to learn about birds and appreciate them.