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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Lavanya R.N.
Age Range: 6-8
Ten-year-old Sesha is a silent boy who reads all the time; he always has his nose in a book. Every Thursday he goes to the library and picks out a new book to read. The other children at his school think he is strange and make fun of him whenever he goes past. Sesha isn’t bothered by the taunts because books are his whole world. He keeps a little brown notebook that he writes things down in carrying it everywhere he goes. No one knows what the notebook contains but it is believed that it holds many secrets.
In Sesha’s class there are two bullies called Rohun and Rohit and everyone keeps out of their way. When they steal Sesha’s notebook and throw it into a muddy brown puddle Sesha tries to speak but because he speaks differently this only causes more taunts. He sits through his classes in silence, suffering the unkindness of his fellow classmates until one day he finds the perfect way to communicate.
This is a beautiful empathetic story by Lavanya R.N. that tackles the silent world of a speech impediment and bullying. Sesha finds a way to communicate through the wonderful images he has learned to draw from the books he has read. This helps to build his confidence and soon his classmates are asking him if he can show them how to draw too. The comic-stype collage and watercolour illustrations by Shilo Shiv Suleman help to captivate Sesha’s magical world of books and the sadness he experiences as a result of not being understood.http://www.karaditales.com