“Squiggle Takes a Walk” by Natasha Sharma is a book meant to help beginner-writers understand punctuations and their use.
Squiggle feels alone and lost. She wants to find out who she is. So, she goes on a quest to find her identity. She meets the Question Mark, the Exclamation Mark, the Comma, the Full Stop and other punctuations along the way, as she walks through the pages of a notebook. She stops to chat and understand if she is one of them. Did she find her identity?
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- Three cheers to Natasha for having used the familiar plot of “a character on a quest” in a tangential theme of teaching the use of punctuations. Thinking out of the box!
- The dialogues that happen between Squiggle and each punctuation mark are witty and amusing.
- Vikram Nandwani has elevated the book’s appeal with his illustrations. They do not just complement the storyline, but go on to strengthen the points made.
- The punctuation primer at the end of the book with games and activities establish this book’s potential for use in the classrooms as a teaching resource.
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- Obviously, this book is targeted at a particular age group of children. For this target group, this book is a must-read. For teachers and parents of this group, it is a must-have. But for the general reader, it is worth a read.
Walk along with squiggle.