Published By: Tulika Books
Story and Translation: Ashwini Bhat
Are you saying there is a story without an end?
In a Sentence: The never ending story!
What is it About: A little girl (with impossibly long pretty plaits!) urges her Ajji (grandmother) to tell her a story ‘as long as without an end…neverending…’
Form and language: The repetition of elements in the story will ensure a delightful perky participation from children all through and it will make them beg for more. The subtle humour (which comes more from the no-fuss style than the content) is also noteworthy – Again the wife?
First it is the old man’s wife.
Then it is the louse’s wife.
What makes it snuggly: The predictable pattern with the unpredictable twists and newness.
What Stands Out: The seamless transition from one story into another back to the real-time world. Author Ashwini Bhat cleverly manages to squeeze in two different stories in one, without making it look forced or too much. Ajji’s voice is consistently taut and funny in a matter-of-fact style of storytelling.
Will be best enjoyed by: 4-6 years.
From snuggly to snugglier: You and your child could go on adding elements to the never ending sequence, and then getting all messed up while trying to get the sequence right each time. Grannies will particularly enjoy regaling the little ones with their versions of the never ending tales. And the kids can have whale of a time concocting theirs.
Ha Ha! Quotient: 3
Touches The Heart: 3
Cuts Through The Clutter: 4
Visual Appeal: 3
Encore Quotient: 4
Thank God it’s not moral science: 5
Show, don’t tell: 2
Hey, this is a really important book!: 3