Lovely children’s books from Tulika 6



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With a 2-year old child around, one tends to take a fresh look at children’s books, and lately I have been doing just that. Here are a list of books that my son and I enjoyed in the last one year, all from Tulika books. Tulika has also published translated versions of these books in many Indian languages.

Although all of them are meant for the 2+ age group, I have been reading them with my son since he was eight months. Why not release them as board books? It is very difficult to maintain paperback versions with very young children.

1. A Silly Story of Bondapalli – Shamim Padamsee & Ashok Rajagopalan

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A Silly Story of Bondapalli - Shamim Padamsee & Ashok Rajagopalan

A prince refused to eat and the royal cook serendipitously invented a new snack of  hot golden balls that the prince thought were Wonderful which sounded like Bondaful with his mouth stuffed and that’s how the kingdom came to be known as Bondapalli.

Read the book to know how the bondas of Bondapalli helped ward off an invading army. A silly story of Bondapalli, written by Shamim Padamsee and illustrated by Ashok Rajagopalan, is a not so silly story with simply bondaful illustrations to match.

This book was selected by the Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC) India as “Outstanding Picture Book” at Nambook Korea 2010 and is also recommended by CBSE for schools.

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  1. An interesting story line giving a (silly) and plausible etymology for our very own bondas.
  2. The rounded, bonda-like people of Bondapalli with bonda-like faces and bonda-like bodies are colourfully and superbly illustrated by Ashok Rajagopalan.
  3. The sing-song lines make it extremely enjoyable to read out loud to children.

    He chipped and he chopped.

    He boiled and he baked.

    He sliced and he diced.

    He tried… He fried..

    And then he cried,

A Bondaful story.

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2. Gajapati Kulapati – Ashok Rajagopalan

Gajapati Kulapati - Ashok Rajagopalan

Gajapati Kulapati, written and illustrated by Ashok Rajagopalan, is the story of a big elephant, who had a big nose and caught a big cold, because he got wet in the rain. What did the wise old grandmother suggest so that people never heard from him Aaaaachchooooo?

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  1. A simple storyline with a problem which we normally do not think about. How do people handle an elephant’s sneeze? It must be really (wind)-blowing!
  2. Ashok Rajagopalan does it again with the lovely illustrations. My son finds it hilarious to see the cow running with her tail in the air and an mmmbaaaa.
  3. Onomatopoeic words like “pachaak” and “hoooosh” and “damaaaal” make it a story-teller’s delight and provide lots of fun for the child.

Aaaaachchooooosome!

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3. Gajapati Kulapati Kalabalooosh! – Ashok Rajagopalan

Gajapati Kulapati Kalabalooosh – Ashok Rajagopalan

Another one in the Gajapati Kulapati series where the villagers decide to take a dip in the pond and so does Gajapati Kulapati. But when the big elephant jumps into the water, everyone else is thrown out. This makes him sad. Paati Amma comes to their rescue again. What does she suggest now? The smart lady that she is, she suggests a solution that lets the child explore the concept of order.

  1. Simple storyline with lots of sound effects, perfect for bedtime.
  2. It explores how new means to solve problems can be found through mental rearrangement of events, aiding in cognitive development of the child.
  3. The brilliant illustrations – particularly the sight of Gajapati Kulapati running to the pond sends my son into fits of laughter.

Brilliant!

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4. Monday to Sunday திங்கள் முதல் ஞாயிறு வரை – Sowmya Rajendran, Pratik Ghosh & Jeeva Raghunath

Monday to Sunday திங்கள் முதல் ஞாயிறு வரை - Sowmya Rajendran, Pratik Ghosh & Jeeva Raghunath

Monday to Sunday, written by Sowmya Rajendran, illustrated by Pratik Ghosh and translated into Tamil by Jeeva Raghunath has been read many times, torn, glued together, torn, punched and threaded, torn again, bound and torn again, ever since it was bought about one year back.

Mani imagines himself as a different animal each day of the week and does things that the particular animal would do. He eats bananas on Mondays and jumps in the class like a monkey and goes on to do funny things each day.

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  1. Though there is no plot, it is a gentle and fun-filled introduction to the days of the week.
  2. The illustrations, particularly the one where Mani-turned-crocodile brushes its teeth and the ones where the animals bare their terrifying teeth have led us to explore the ideas of  “brushing” and “biting“.
  3. The bilingual version of the book is helpful in specifying the words in both English and Tamil. I switch between the languages in each page depending on my son’s vocabulary.

Mani’s metamorphoses!

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[amazon text=Paperback&asin=8181468104] Paperback
Title A silly story of Bondapalli
Author(s) Shamim Padamsee
Illustrator Ashok Rajagopalan
Language English
Genre Children
Age(s) 4+
Publisher Tulika books
Publication year 2010
ISBN-10
ISBN-13
8181468104
978-8-181-46810-9

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 [amazon text=Paperback&asin=818146835X] Paperback
Title Gajapati Kulapati
Author & illustrator
Ashok Rajagopalan
Language English
Genre Children
Age(s) 2+
Publisher Tulika books
Publication year 2010
ISBN-10
ISBN-13
818146835X
978-8-181-46835-2

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[amazon text=Paperback&asin=9350465116] Paperback
Title Gajapati Kulapati Kalabalooosh!
Author & illustrator
Ashok Rajagopalan
Language English
Genre Children
Age(s) 2+
Publisher Tulika books
Publication year 2014
ISBN-10
ISBN-13
9350465116
978-9-350-46511-0

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[amazon text=Paperback&asin=9350460874] Paperback
Title Monday to Sunday திங்கள் முதல் ஞாயிறு வரை
Author(s) Sowmya Rajendran
Illustrator Pratik Ghosh
Translator Jeeva Raghunath (Tamil)
Genre Children
Age(s) 3+
Publisher Tulika books
Publication year 2011
ISBN-10
ISBN-13
9350460874
978-9-350-46087-0

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Editor(s)/Author(s)/Illustrator(s)/Translator(s) Ashok Rajagopalan, Jeeva Raghunath, Pratik Ghosh, Shamim Padamsee, Sowmya Rajendran
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About Menaka S

Menaka is a computational linguist by education, an optimist by attitude and a dreamer by how she spends her time. Being left-brained, she runs PlusMinus'n'More to indulge her right brain interests.


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