Thursday, 8 August 2019

BOOK REVIEW - Aru's Balcony Garden and Likes and Dislikes by Arundhati Nithiyanandhan

Aru's Balcony Garden
Author: Arundhati Nithiyanandhan
Genre: Picture Book
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2018
Publisher: White Falcon Publishing

Book Description:
Arundhati who lives in an apartment community of a metro city is used to a small garden at her home balcony that is full of blooming plants that she loves. Every morning she likes to spend a moment before leaving to catch her school bus, in the garden looking at the flowers. This story is inspired by this habit of hers and how she likes to water the plants with her parents.

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While visiting her balcony garden, a young child finds her plants aren't blooming quite as she'd hoped they'd be.

This is a charming tale, but I did wish there had been a little more to the story. I suspect talking to plants could be a cultural element Aru is familiar with but as there was no hint to this, I may have been led to wonder why the plants were talking back to Aru. Clearly, Aru care's greatly for her garden, which did come across well. Wonderful illustrations. It was a short and sweet read that I would recommend for kids aged between 5-7.


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author

Likes and Dislikes
Author: Arundhati Nithiyanandhan
Genre: Picture Book
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2018
Publisher: White Falcon Publishing

Book Description:
Arundhati and Tanisha are sisters who are also each other’s best friends and spend most of their time together. They play, sing, dance and a considerable amount of time together after school. Knowing their likes and dislikes with respect to objects and correlating them with the five senses help them understand each other better. This story is inspired by random conversations between the two sisters playing at the terrace.

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Two young girls bond over their likes and dislikes.

This was certainly an engaging story that incorporated imojis and illustrations effectively to allow the readers to feel as though they were a part of Aru and Nishu's story. Although I suspect the girls were sisters, an acknowledge would have been nice to establish the dynamic of their relationship. Utilising the senses as a means of expressing one's likes and dislikes is a fun and effective learning tool for children. Great illustrations. It was shorter than I would have liked, but it was a great read nonetheless.


Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author

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