Book Reviews : A King Cobra’s Summer, Chasing the Plastic Pisach, The Case of the Healing Herbs
Via A Wandering Mind
The King Cobra’s summer, like the name suggests, is about a King Cobra which finds its way into a city, and then has to find its way back to the jungle it came from. Along the way, it remembers its journey from birth, and gives us a great insight into the struggles it goes through! A definite learning experience, one which arrived opportunely just after the Nagapanchami festival, and made us re-think about what we do to snakes in the name of prayer and rituals! The festival had just initiated a discussion on snakes, one which had started when we had spotted a snake in our compound and heard about a similar one being killed in the next colony. The book couldn’t have come at a better time!!
Samhith’s favourite from the four was Chasing the Plastic Pisach, a book which deals with the issue of plastics. A recurrent topic in his school, the avoidance as well as re-use and re-cycling of plastic are issues he is familiar with. His school has stopped handing out books in plastic bags, they give us cloth or paper bags instead, and the kids are also encouraged not to bring plastic bags to school! The idea of the ‘plastic pisach’ – the plastic demon – found great favour with him, and he was busy trying to imagine different faces for the demon!
On the other hand, my mother-in-law loved The Case of the Healing Herbs, which talks of herbal remedies she has been using for years! Almost every ailment in our home is first treated by one of her readily available home-made medicines, and they work nine out of ten times! It is only for the odd one which doesn’t seem to listen that we need to visit the doctor! No wonder, Samhith has grown up with no fear of doctors and injections, and even better, no idea of what tablets and tonics taste like! She was thrilled to see these easy remedies in print, that too in a children’s book!
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