Author Bhakti Mathur is a popular name in the children’s book world! Her series of books have made mythology fascinating for young kids. From Durga Puja, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali and Holi to the stories of Krishna and Hanuman – she has covered them all. And with Rakshabandhan around the corner, KSP Book Club is back with a new book suggestion- Amma, Tell Me About Raksha Bandhan– that the kids will absolutely love.
About the book:
We were lucky to be a part of this book launch last week at Kitaab Khana and also got an author-signed copy! The book, just like the earlier ones in the series, helps to explain to the kids what this festival is all about. We loved the way it starts with a poem by the great Rabindranath Tagore. Buy the book here.
Peek-a-book: What’s in store?
Just before Raksha Bandhan, Klaka and Kiki visit the bazaar to buy Rakhis and gifts. The next day their cousin Maya arrives and they perform the rituals of the festival. At once, the storyline transforms the readers (children and adults alike) into a festive mood.
Amma narrates the various mythological stories relating to the festival of Raksha Bandhan to Klaka, Kiki and Maya. She narrates the story of Bali. An otherwise generous king who had become greedy and arrogant. Lord Vishnu comes to his court and teaches him a lesson. In turn, Bali requests Lord Vishnu to stay with him for a few days. Finally, Lord Vishnu’s wife Goddess Laxmi comes to Bali as a sister and ties a silk thread (Rakhi). In turn, she asks for Lord Vishnu to accompany her. Another beautiful story is about Lord Indra where his wife, Saachi ties a silk thread to her husband’s wrist praying for his victory over the devils. Lastly, Amma also tells the story of Rabindranath Tagore who uses the power of this silk thread to get people united during the British rule.
The illustrations by Maulshree Somani are very appealing. The various Rakhis in the market scenario, the traditionally clad and decked up characters, the selfie, and the sweets – every detailing is relatable. What also works is the author’s rhyming text written with lucid language that even the youngest of minds can connect and relate to. Buy here
What we loved about this book:
- The Indian mythology and deep routed stories are such a treasure. Kudos to books like this that make them interesting enough to get our kids to know more about our Indian culture.
- The book has a lovely message about the festival of Raksha Bandhan that it is a festival celebrating the “bandhan” of “Raksha” that need not be restricted amongst brothers and sisters. It is a celebration of love – be it between siblings, cousins, friends or even a parent!
Message from the author:
“…I do hope
That you will forever celebrate this day together:
And will always love and be there for each other,
During sunny days as well as stormy weather.”