Book Review - Everything is New
Posted on Monday, March 25 2019 06:45:00 PM in JOURNAL by Aparna Vasudevan
Everything Looks New
Everything Looks New is an Indian book about the onset of spring, published by Pratham Books and written by Mala Kumar and Manisha Chaudhry and illustrated by Priya Kurian.
What is the book about?
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Among Indian Hindus, spring is considered an auspicious time to start something new.
This story is told from the viewpoint of Meenu, a little girl living in India. It is Vasant Panchami or Vasant Ritu, the Indian version of Spring. Vasant Panchami is the day when people in some parts of India pray to the goddess of learning, music and art, Saraswati. Meenu plants a sapling with her grandfather, admires her mother’s beautiful yellow saree, and is enchanted by the allure of the flowering trees with their new and shiny leaves. She also celebrates Holi with her family, which is celebrated forty days after Vasant Panchami.
What we loved about the book
This book is a lovely introduction to the series about seasons of India, by Mala Kumar and Priya Kurian. We love it for the very accurate depiction of spring in India – the yellow clothes worn during Vasant Panchami to celebrate the flowering mustard fields, the sentiment of starting something new, Holi celebrations with tesu flowers, and the delectable gujiyas and puris which are quintessential foods eaten during Holi in parts of north India.
Priya Kurian’s wonderful illustrations make this a must-read for your children to get in touch with their Indian roots.
Publisher Age Recommendation – This is a Reader Level 2 Pratham book.
Everything is New is available to read on https://storyweaver.org.in/stories/71-everything-looks-new and also available in print.