Sringeri Srinivas Learns to Laugh – Rohini Nilekani

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Sringeri Srinivas Learns To Laugh - Rohini Nilekani

I have a pile of books published by Pratham books that I am trying on my son. Of the lot, Pehelwaanji Learns a Slippery Lesson seems to be his favourite. Sringeri Srinivas Learns to Laugh is also a frequently read one.

The plot line is simple, to say the least. At times, I even wonder why my son wants to read it. Sringeri Srinivas is a farmer who frowned often. How he learns to laugh from a troop of monkeys is all that the story is about.

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  1. If there is one reason for which we return to this book often, it is to try to pronounce Sringeri Srinivas. The alliteration seems to have struck a chord with my son. He likes to repeat this name often and more. The tongue-twister gives some exercise for my little one’s pronunciation.
  2. The illustrations by Angie & Upesh lend character to the story. In particular, the monkeys with their big white-toothed grin creating havoc is something we try to enact.
  3. Fun story line for expressions. If you like some theatre during bedtime, this one is a good choice.
  4. As always with Pratham books, it’s just Rs.35.
  5. Available in Indian languages like Hindi, Kannada, Marathi and Urdu.

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  1. How can the man who frowned often start laughing often based on this just one incident? Especially, how can he have the biggest laugh in town? I understand that it is a story for children and some liberties can be taken. But this miraculous overnight volte-face is unbelievable.

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  1. Surely, there seems to be some mismatch between the content and the blurb. The blurb talks about Annual Haircut Day whereas the story does not talk about it.

Sri-Sri is sound!

A copy of this book was sent me by Pratham books, the publishers. Thanks Pratham books.

Book Details:

Title Sringeri Srinivas Learns to Laugh
Pratham books Paperback
Editor(s)/Author(s)/Illustrator(s)/Translator(s) Angie, Rohini Nilekani, Upesh
Publisher Pratham Books

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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