A Quiet Girl
Author: Paro Anand
Publisher: Penguin Publishers

Often we think that children’s fiction cannot impart valuable life lessons. They are merely for fun and entertainment. To some extent, this is right, for not every book comes along with subtext. Well, I got lucky when I received the Hook Book Series because these four stories are set in non-urban India. These stories are simple yet have a strong appeal.

A Quiet Girl is a short story that beautifully portrays the relationship between children and animals. There is an uncanny similarity between an infant and an animal- both cannot speak. Puja, an adorable child, is happy yet reluctant to speak. It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out that her only friend, Takbak, makes her speak when he is about to be sold.

The story explores the relationship between Puja and her friends Bulbul and Takbak. She likes to engage in a muted conversation with these two animals and surprisingly, they reciprocate.

With vibrant and beautiful illustrations, the story will surely be liked by the children above 5 years of age. Kudos to the author and the illustrator for presentable a delightful story to the young readers.

Buying link: Amazon

Here are the links to the reviews of other books in this series:

My Daddy and the Well
Hey Diddle Diddle
Who’s There?

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