Sep 212012
 

Published By: Little Latitude

Story: Kalpana Subramanian

Illustrations: Prashant Miranda

From the series: Anahi and Vir

 

If there was one place I could be

I think it would have to be under the sea.

In a Sentence and a half: THE PERFECT PICTURE BOOK! Well, almost.

 

What is it About: If there was one place that our little girl Anahi would wish to be if she could, it would have to be under the sea. She is in love with what lies deep under, and this is her way of making sure that you and I do too – by taking us on a magical journey through the enchanting alive underwater world.

 

Form and language: Easy verse that kids will know through-and-through in no time. Sample this:

 

Some look like stars, some look like jelly

Some look like flowers, and some are smelly.

 

Fun, isn’t it?! Kalpana’s clever use of words lets the child discover so much about aquatic life in just about twenty lines.

 

What makes it snuggly: Gosh, that’s a tough one; how does one enumerate a reply like ‘everything’. I’ll rephrase it. What is NOT snuggly about the book? Let me try to answer that. Uhhhmmm…ah…uhhhmmmm. Okay, let me rephrase that again. Is there just about ANYthing in this book that can be said to be a little less snuggly than the rest? That should be easy! Let’s see…Uhmmmm…hmmmm…

 

I GIVE UP.

 

What Stands Out: Prashant’s illustrations! They are fresh, vibrant, detailed, intelligent, witty, and charming. Be prepared to go WOW! at every turn of the page. Without exception. Sea-God promise 🙂

 

Will be best enjoyed by: 2+; fish lovers, scuba divers; scuba divers in the making; snorkellers; dreamers; believers; naturalists; lovers of picture books.

 

From snuggly to snugglier: Kids can spend hours looking at all the living creatures shown in the illustrations and spend the rest of the day creating their own stories around each!

For the more non-fiction oriented kids who want to know more about underwater life – and believe me, this books makes you want to learn more – the web’s the limit.

 

Love Ratings?

Ha Ha! Quotient: 4

Touches the heart: 5

Cuts through the clutter: 5

Visual appeal: 5

Encore Quotient: 5

Thank God it’s not moral science: 5

Show, don’t tell: 4

Hey, this is a really important book!: 4

 

Want to Read More?

This book is every bit about all the wonderful things a picture book is / should be about: gentle words that flow smoothly rendering themselves perfect for being read aloud (the meter is a little less-than-perfect at places, though); crisp content; out-of-this-world illustrations where every eye, every leaf, every bubble conveys a thousand stories of its own; a rich splash of colours which is not harsh on the eyes; and contents (both written and visual) that make you and your little one fervently pray that the book never ends J

 

Both the words and the illustrations ensure that there’s a delightful surprise waiting at every bend in the line. And the surprise holds equally well even on the fifteenth read!

 

The book draws the young reader into a magical world which is as real as her own little play corner in the house is. She knows that the next time she goes anywhere close to the sea, all her friends will be waiting to bob up for a split second to say hallo to her. Because the book makes every reader believe that Anahi’s world can be hers too.

 

What a brilliant book, this! Made with love. It shows 🙂

 September 21, 2012  Posted by at 9:25 pm Uncategorized  Add comments

  4 Responses to “If There Was One Place I Could Be”

  1. Very well expressed!!! Nice to have met you today, Richa!!! Lot of food for thought!!! Am going to try and implement your suggestions with our young ones in the school. Look forward to reading your beautifully written and equally well illustrated stories!!!!

    • Thank you so much ma’am! Was wonderful connecting with you. Let’s hope we’re able to have some fun things around picture books in November:)
      Warm regards,
      Richa

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