Winter. It’s my favourite time of the year. All two days of it (which is how long winter lasts in Bombay). Unfortunately, it never snows here. But, I have grown up reading books in which kids throw snowballs at each other, and make snowmen, while being snugly wrapped up in the most delicious winterwear. And which book should I get to review but A Winter Solstice Celebration, and the kid on the cover is snugly wrapped up in the most delicious winterwear!
I enjoyed reading this book for kids. What I liked most is the fresh layout of the book. Blue pages and white text, and heavily illustrated. It is a big book (but very light), and most kids would love the idea of reading a book that is bigger than the ones the others are reading. But, let’s get to the story already. A little girl walks into a forest and walks into a meeting convened by the animals who live there. They do not appreciate their forest being taken down, tree by tree, just to ‘celebrate’ the winter solstice.
After hearing their point of view, and making a few friends along the way, she returns to the village and talks to the elders. I won’t tell you if they listen to her and change tradition. But, yes, it’s a happy blue book for children. I love the fact that it tells kids that they can change some of our more illogical traditions.
I wrote to Didi, who lives in Toronto, and had founded a Children’s Theatre Group in Europe. Here’s what she said about the book:
I leave you with proof of the pudding