My Daddy and the Well
Author: Jerry Pinto
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.

My Daddy and the Well is a short story that highlights the importance of staying attached to the roots. When the protagonist’s daddy narrates his experience as a child in the village, the protagonist feels like witnessing the joy his father was a part of. Sadly, things have changed. Even though the objects are still there, the people have changed. The city life has taken over the convivial memories of the urban setting.

The story explores the mind of a child who understands how his father feels by just looking at his hands and his head. It also explores the pathos of living away from home and missing out the smaller pleasures of life.

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:

A Quiet Girl
Hey Diddle Diddle
Who’s There?

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