If you know what is Pogeyan and who is Nasikabatrachus, then The Cat in the Ghat by Ambika Rao is not for you. Well, but I am pretty much sure that you don’t know and so please pick up this interesting book offered by Pratham books.
With their #PBSummerReads, Pratham books is keeping me engaged with a constant supply of books. Earlier, I had reviewed The Auto that flew and then Chuskit goes to school. With the World Environment Day approaching, I am thrilled to review books in context like The Bee Master and now this one.
This book reminds me of Shel Silverstein’s books, not just for the verses but also for the whimsical nature of the story. The protagonist Uncle Sandy reminds me of Uncle Shelby and the cat reminds me of Lafcadio, the lion who shot back.
But the similarities end there.
Uncle Sandy chose to become a wildlife photographer amidst the doctors and engineers that his friends became. On his first expedition to the Western Ghats, he encountered a mysterious cat, the Pogeyan. Ever since, he has been on its trail.
This time around, he goes in search of the elusive wild cat. He speaks to various animals along the way to find the whereabouts of the Pogeyan. Mr. Tiger, a family of elephants, a lion-tailed Macaque, a purple frog are some of the animals he encounters before the tribal Krishna who reassured him of the existence of the Pogeyan.
Where and when does his search end? Read this brilliant book to find out.
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- Inspired by the real-life expedition of Sandesh Kadur, a National Geographic explorer, filmmaker and photographer, this book is a treat for those who love wilderness in combination with words.
- The rhyming verses are extremely fun to read aloud.
- The subtle messages hidden through the story about the importance of conservation of wildlife, protecting the Western Ghats and the effects of cutting of trees are trigger points for discussions on the environment when it is read out to children.
- Ruchi Shah’s playful and quirky illustrations complement the story in the best possible way.
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- This book is meant for level 4 readers, for children who can read with confidence.
- Thanks Pratham books, for making this hot summer a summer of fun!
Amusing and informative!