Published By: Tulika Books
Story and Illustrations: Vinod Lal Heera Eshwer
Let’s plant trees.
In a Sentence: Why we should plant more trees.
What is it About: Let’s plant trees. That’s what this book is about. No frills. No fuss. And bang on target.
Form and language: With three words to a page (except one, where Eshwer uses four), each of which enumerates the utilitarian nature of trees that you and I and our kids can immediately relate to, this book will make any nursery primer seem like verbose Dickensian literature.
What makes it snuggly: The childlike illustrations loaded with meaning. Also, the single line that starts at the start of the book and continues right through till the end, telling us the profoundest of things in the simplest of manner.
What Stands Out: If only we learnt to talk about every single issue that concern us in a straight and simple manner, such as has been done here. Eshwer’s book is a brilliant blend of empirical data and artistic temper. Let’s plant trees – a simple yet powerful statement he corroborates using the most imaginatively used basic words and figures. This book drives home the message far more effectively than reams of reams of information dished out by environmentalists and scholars. I won’t be surprised if this book ends up bagging a bagful of awards internationally.
Will be best enjoyed (and understood) by: Everyone above 2 years of age. Everyone. Even Mayawati, should she decide to fell another green cover for a new concrete park.
From snuggly to snugglier: The book comes packaged with four pongamia seeds. Need I to add anything else here?
Ha Ha! Quotient: 3
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: 5
Hey, this is a really important book!: 5