A delightful tale with a message about a little girl who is branded unlucky and tries to come to terms with the bewildering tag. Lesley Biswas brings to life a typical Indian village, its residents & the superstitions that rule their life. The sketches are fab! This book is a must-read not just for children but also adults. Can't wait for her next book.
My wife and I read to my son every day. Our little man has devoured a long list of story books in the past 6 years. Unlucky Chumki is a worthy addition to that list, as we found out yesterday.
This is the tale of a girl who is taunted by everybody in the village for being the symbol of bad luck. How and why she get this dubious reputation makes up the first part of the book. The poor child is deeply saddened and troubled by this. The rest of the book tells us if she manages to get rid of this tag and if yes, how. This story is about sibling love, the simple desires of a little girl and the power of friendship.
The presence of a grandmother, a naughty brother, a village baddie and lots of ripe, luscious mangoes greatly enliven the tale.
Written in a simple yet engaging manner by Leslie and illustrated evocatively by Anupama, the book did not just make my son sit engrossed. It made ME feel like a 10 year old again. :)
Buy your child this book. He/she will love you all the more for it.