My 5-year-old started reading on his own a few months ago. He started slow but now can read longer paragraphs and comics, which he loves. So when I saw this book, Ammachi’s Glasses by Priya Kurian, I wondered if a pure picture book might interest him.
There is nothing to read; the entire story is in pictures. The illustrations tell their own tale and it’s up to the reader to interpret them. I wasn’t sure if the book will hold his interest for long.
My son is the one who wants to open every package we get. He grabbed the book as soon as it got delivered. He loves new books. We went through the pages together and he tried to narrate what he saw happening on the pages. He found it entertaining on the first read.
The story starts with Ammachi not being able to find her glasses. However, she continues her day as usual and hilarity ensues. The story is simple yet so engrossing. The illustrations capture your interest with little things happening all around Ammachi as she tries to navigate without her glasses.
My son loved reading it again and again, focussing on the bits he found the funniest. Upon revisiting it again, he found a few more fun things hidden in the illustration and he loved discovering these pieces of the whole puzzle.
This book has been published by Tulika Publishers. They are one of my favourite stops for kids books. The books are relatable, with Indian characters and plot lines. Many of them have a nice rhythm to the lines so it makes it fun for the parents to read as well.
They also have books in regional languages. The Gajapati Kulapati series by Ashok Rajagopalan has been a family favourite for the last three years.
The titles sell out pretty fast so you have to be on the lookout for when they get back in stock. I find them reasonably priced and they are open-ended so they can be enjoyed even after a year or three.
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