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The Moon Wants To Be Spotless White Paperback – May 24, 2013
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"Priya Narayanan narrates a wonderful story with vivid imagination." - Indian Moms Connect
What we liked:
- The story line that gives important lessons w/o being preachy
- Eye catching & appropriately placed illustrations by Suhita Mitra
- Minimal characters ensuring the story isn't too complicated
- Description of situations
- Glossary of Indian word meanings to appeal to a global audience
- The absolutely awesome ending
"Priya Narayanan's book was a refreshing journey back to childhood. Not only did I enjoy the imagery but also the style of the book. It does not talk down to the children but treats them as equal partners in this long journey called life." - Dr. Suguna Kannan, Academic Consultant
"Priya Narayanan's debut book is a visual treat for the kids with a simple story that takes the kids to the end of a lovely tale with great ease." - Kids Stop Press (kidsstoppress.com)
About the Author
PRIYA NARAYANAN is an avid traveler, a voracious reader, a passionate designer, and a doting mother of two. While as a child, she loved to dream, she now has to make do with daydreaming over many cups of coffee and chocolate chip ice cream. She believes that there are stories lurking around every corner, waiting to be captured and revealed to the world. Although she has long been a writer of short stories and poetry, it was just recently that she took up the challenge of writing for children. Priya can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The trio get together at the dead of the night to work in this rare kind of mission but by the time they are done with washing and scrubbing, it is time for the day break. Now the moon will have to wait for the night fall to go back to the sky. What happens when the moon finally meets his heavenly friends in the sky? How does he narrate his adventure of previous night when he took a trip to the dhobhi ghat? Can he boast of his spotless white looks in front of them? Is he really as spotless as he wanted himself to be? Does his vanity win or the love of his friends? Head on to this rare adventure along with the moon who is ready to take all the trouble to satisfy his pride of being the most handsome in the sky.
A great way to reiterate and reinforce the life value that life is just not about the external appearance, it is much beyond that. And this the moon realises at the end of the story when he observes that his friends are glad, just to be with him - with or without spots.
It is a simple feel good story which would appeal to all little children, however, the length of this story goes against its appeal to the age group that it is targeting. It is hard to finish complete reading of the story in one sitting. Moreover, stories adhering to commonly observed practicalities, always make more impact. In 'The Moon Wants to be Spotless White' Mitu's mother sending Mitu with Dhobi Kaka at night, feels a little unreal and impractical. Barring these two irritants, it is quite an interesting read for young readers (Age : 6-10 years)
I loved the illustrations. They are colorful and cute, with a great style. I think they really capture the character of the story.
The story itself is interesting and fun. I liked how all the Indian words were explained at the end. The part with the Giant White Ghost was funny, too! One thing that I wasn't so keen on was how the characters were described in detail -- the illustrations show what the characters look like, so why bother describing them? However, that's probably just me.
Overall, I'd say that this is a perfect story for kids aged 5 and up, especially if they like folk tales.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
It is a fun filled adventure between, Mittu, the moon and dhobi kaka. There are moral lessons hidden in the narration. I especially found dhobi kakas character endearing with a Charm. The movie has three characters only, which avoids complications and my favourite is dhobi kaka. A very relatable one. My favourite part was, how dhobi kaka's character handled the situation where his joke he is trying to play to lighten mittu up back fires.
This story touches a point which is very apt in today's time, exterior beauty. Priya has flawlessly narrated how imperfections can also be beautiful. Dear ones are happy to be with you irrespective of external appearances.
This book was a refreshing journey back to my childhood. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am recommending it to my neices!!! A MUST READ for children today.
Children the world over are fascinated by the moon so a story in which a young girl and the moon are friends is a sure attention grabber. The moon wants to be spotless, and inveigles a promise from Mitu that she will help him. Dhobi kaka, the village washerman, is roped into the secret mission of getting the moon rid of his spots.
The story moves fast and takes the reader on an enjoyable journey, giving glimpses of life in an Indian village and home, and ends with a twist and a moral.
This is a sweet and enjoyable book. The writing is clear and the illustrations are appealing. I recommend it to parents/ teachers for reading aloud to kids, or as a chapter book for Beginner Readers.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author for an honest, unbiased review.
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