THE MAGIC KEY SERIES
DESCRIPTION: The Magic Key is a series of illustrated folktales retold by India’s third President, Dr Zakir Hussain. “For all children,” he wrote, “the first books they read are the key to the magic of the world.” Translated into English by the author’s great-granddaughter Samina Mishra, these books will delight anyone learning to read for the first time, and are perfect for parents and teachers to read aloud.
- A FLOWER'S SONG: If you were a little seed, safe and warm, nestled down in the earth, wouldn’t you always want to stay there? This is the story of how one gul-i-abbas breaks out of her safe home and grows outwards and upwards, towards the light. But if even the most beautiful flower must fade and die, what is the purpose of life? A poignant tale of how the meaning of one life is to bring joy to another.
- BLOWING HOT, BLOWING COLD: How can you blow on one thing to warm it up, and blow on another thing to cool it down? This charming fable of one ordinary woodcutter’s apparently magical breath brings to life the wonder and mystery of the simplest things in life.
- LITTLE CHICKEN IN A HURRY: Choozu Mian is a special little chicken — or so he thinks! As he hurries off to the King’s Palace, he meets Fire, Wind and Water, each of whom is in trouble. But he’s in too much of a rush to stop and help them. But when he’s in the soup, will anyone come to his rescue?
- THE POORI THAT RAN AWAY: This little poori does not want to be eaten! Buddhu’s mother is too busy wiping his nose to notice that the poori she is cooking is almost burnt. But is this fearless little poori going to hang around waiting to be eaten? ‘Bet you can’t catch me!’ she taunts and she’s off! Outrunning the farmer and his friends, outwitting the rabbit, and outfoxing the fox, Poori thinks she can never be caught! But can she?
AGE GUIDANCE: 4+ years