EMBRACING DIVERSITY COMBO
DESCRIPTION: A set of 4 books for older children from Pratham and Tulika that teach empathy and inclusion.
AGE GUIDANCE: 6-9 years
1. READY? YES! PLAY!: Anu loves cricket and her dream is to play the game. Find out how Anu bowls everyone over when she plays her first match.
2. KANNA PANNA: Words rollick and frolic in Kanna's head, yet he hardly speaks. One day, he is at the cave temples with his aunt's family when the lights go off. How will they find their way back through the maze of tunnels? Everyone is frightened, except Kanna. Light or no light, it makes no difference because he can't see anyway. And as he confidently leads the others out, he finds himself talking… and talking… The words tumble out unleashing the chatterbox within – Kanna Panna! From one of the best known writers for children today comes this joyous story that neatly inverts the notion of ‘disability'. The warm pictures, sensitive yet strong, pick up the nuances to portray a child for whom having a visual impairment is just the way he is – and is even a chance to have some fun!
3. WINGS TO FLY: Little Malathi wants to run after hens and chicks, and catch the ripe yellow mangoes as they fall – but how can she, on a wheelchair? She grows up to show that she can do much, much more! Moments and experiences from the remarkable life of disabled athlete Malathi Holla, told simply and sensitively, bring out her determination and untiring spirit. The energetic illustrations are full of warmth and cheer.
4. KALI AND THE RAT SNAKE: Kali hates school. And school hates him, he thinks, for he has no friends. The children there find him strange. He wishes his father were an ‘ordinary' bus-conductor or postman instead of a snake-catcher, even if one of the most celebrated in the Irula tribe. He worries that others will see him eating fried termites (his favourite snack!) and laugh. And then one day, a large rat snake creates havoc in the classroom . . . and Kali becomes a hero! A simple, sensitive story crafted by a writer deeply involved with environmental issues. Zai Whitaker works closely with the Irulas, and her empathy with them is as evident in this book as it was with the Jarawas in Andamans Boy, also published by Tulika. The watercolour illustrations are evocative and detailed, suffusing the story with many hues of mood.