Monday, 10 November 2014

Book Review - The story of Ferdinand

BOOK PICK OF THE WEEK - 10/11/2014

TITLE : The Story of Ferdinand
AUTHOR : Munro Leaf
ILLUSTRATOR : Robert Lawson

          As the book says : This is the story of Ferdinand - a little bull who would rather sit and smell the flowers than fight in the bullring! This pretty much sumps up our story of Ferdinand.

          Ferdinand is a bull unlike his cousins. All his cousins played with each other, butted their heads, jumped etc. But Ferdinand didn't enjoy it. He would instead sit quietly and enjoy the nature besides him. His favorite spot was under a cork tree! Can you imagine a bull doing that? He liked to smell flowers. His mother becomes worried for he may become lonely. But she never coaxed him to do things differently because she was an understanding mother. Gradually, Ferdinand grows to become a very strong bull. So one day, some men come to select a bull for bullfighting. And because of some circumstances, they chance upon Ferdinand and select him. Now will he live up to his name and fight or just sit quietly remains to be seen or rather read!

          This book has a very sweet story and made me realize that sometimes we just need to do that! Stop everything and sit quietly. We are so engulfed in our routine that we have forgotten to admire nature and smell flowers which has given us so much.

          This story also tells us a lot about Spain and Bullfighting as a sport. Bullfighting is a very old sport practiced in Spain from ancient times. The author has smartly woven all the new vocabulary of bullfighting in the story itself thus, making the kids understand better rather than mentioning it in the glossary. Kids will learn many new words such as Matador, Picadores etc. In fact, the tail-end of the story is actually a description of how the game takes place!

Munro Leaf was an American author of children's literature who wrote and illustrated nearly 40 books and is best remembered for this book.

          Do read this book and let me know whether you liked the book or not. And while you are reading this story, don't forget to show some YouTube videos on bullfighting. Kids will be surely amazed!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Book Review - The Berenstain Bears and too much TV!


TITLE : The Berenstain Bears and too much TV
AUTHOR : Stan & Jan Berenstain
PUBLISHER : Random House

          Diwali vacations have ended and it's now back to our regular routines! Sometimes, most mommies feel that school days are better than vacations since most of the time, vacations are not spent fruitfully. There is too much laziness, too much carefree environment and too much TV!

          Which brings us to our this week's Book Pick of the week - The Berenstain Bears and too much Tv. The Berenstain Bears is a very popular series of multiple titles where The Bear family shares with us their everyday experiences. Their books have a lot of humour and are just perfect for toddlers and kids in imparting good values and morals.

          In this title, Mama Bear is fed up because her two kids and her husband watch too much TV the whole day. She finds out why is this happening when there are better ways to spend time rather than just sit in front of it the whole day. She is totally convinced that she needs to find some solution to this problem. Finally she comes up with a good plan of ' No TV for a week'.

          All the three are shocked to learn but our Mama Bear is very firm on her decision. They argue on how to spend the entire day when Mama Bear cleverly comes up with so many ideas for an entire week that both the kids almost forget to watch TV. But, not Papa. He has to be watched over if he sneaks in for a little peek at the TV. Finally, the week is over. And their Mama says that now you can watch The TV. But, just imagine to her surprise, the only one watching TV is Papa!

          After reading this book, I was convinced that TV sucks up too much time of our lives. And there are better ways to spend time rather than watch TV. In one such incident where Papa Bear says how will I come to know the latest news, Mama Bear calmly orders him to read newspaper!

          Do read the book and tell us whether you liked it or not and how will you spend a 'No TV' week! Waiting for your replies.