‘My parents have been picking flowers their entire life. I hate picking flowers.’
The opening lines and the heap of pink flowers welcome you to no ordinary ‘flower picking’ but a metaphor for something rather stark – manual scavenging.
‘किताबें झांकती हैं बंद अलमारी के शीशों से’, read Gulzar in one of his poems. As I re-read it, I wondered if these ‘band almaris’ had been open. If they had been open, has everyone consumed the pleasure of books before the almirahs closed? Will they be open forever?
Nani Chali Tahalne is a chain tale. It can also be called a repetitive tale. There is a chain of places which Nani visits with her grandson “Vanky”. Each time she visits a place she describes it with a new name based on her memory of that place. I used the book with children of Grades 1 to 4 and observed that children were able to experience and understand the story.
Parag won the award in the ‘educational initiatives’ category. The Parag initiative was launched by the Tata Trusts in 2005-06 to support the development of, access to and use of children’s literature in Indian languages, to promote reading among children.
Our second contact classes for the 2018 batch of Library Educator’s Course (Hindi) began on Independence Day at Bhopal. Being in the library is indeed a sort of independence. And this time the beginning was not with a gathering, formal hellos, games or feedback.
Through this year our team has been engaged with government teacher’s training in Uttar Pradesh for libraries in schools. We have now trained 100 teachers, which is a big number for a small team as ours but a drop in the ocean for the state.
Picture books delight us with their wide array of illustrations in differing styles. Each illustrator has his or her own style and approach that adds to the story. So what do illustrations look like before they are printed?