people meet eye to eye
and sometimes try to knock off one of them
when little children learn to collaborate
learn to share
form a picture book together………………….
What happ(y) ens?
Well: It Hippocampus, it turned out to be a Giant book about Hoo the Hippo co- created by 15 children from Chennai!!!!
Use it for any travel that you do. Remember the most important aspects in your travel and what you did, and learnt, and saw, and enjoyed!
Travel really expands our horizons and its important for kids to remember and recall their travel experiences. Record all these and much more in a personalised (with the kid / family’s name) Travel Book.
Enter the world of real exploration and learning!
The Musician’s Muse is a diary which aspires to be a companion in learning. Filled with images of rare instruments with a good level of research and understanding, these pages help inspire a musician or a budding artiste. With deep love for music and respect for the musician, may we present:
The Musician’s Muse
This is a story of Mumbai bred Sheela and her experiences with her cousins in Rajasthan. Its a story which is set in scenic Rajasthan, and is embellished with a Rajasthani painting ‘touch’ – typical bright colours in a muddy-brown background. The story is about understanding and patience, as much as it is about opening up to new experiences. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are most likely to enjoy this book as it takes them through similar real life experiences.
Its a fort with 4 gates, and the person from Gate 1 has to reach Gate 2, the one in 2 needs to reach Gate1, the one in 3 needs to reach 4, and the one in Gate 4 needs to reach Gate 3. This happens through a maze of activity happening inside the huge fort. There are many surprises, enemy attacks and of course road blocks. How does one start and reach their destination fastest. Find out!!!
After a long gap, I decided to give the children some Ragi porridge.
My 3 and a half year old refused to eat Ragi porridge saying that he doesn’t like it. I refused to budge and told him that he could have nothing else and the only option he had was to go hungry, which we both knew was a very difficult proposition.
He finally finished his bowl.
The next day too he had the same dish and this time my daughter and I spoke about how strong the ragi makes us and how we can start lifting heavier weights, etc. He finished this time, too.
I continued this for 7 days and with inter spurts of refusing to eat and understanding that his tantrums wont work, my son had pretty much got used to the ragi porridge. In between, one day he flatly refused to touch it because it looked like it was ‘dirty’.
Its been a month now and I wanted to have a small party with the kids at home. I threw open the choice of food to them, and guess what my son came up with – the brown milk he said, referring to the ragi porridge.
I realise that this is exactly what Oreo or Kellogs Chocos has done to them. Influenced them into their way of thought.
And its just not these products alone. Its books and people and floating thoughts and ideas and inventions and places and discoveries. These things influence us. And makes up a good part of all of us.
In that sense, even if you feel that as a parent you don’t have much to say to your child to do anything that will ‘influence’ him, its time to take this thought seriously as the world around him is ‘influencing him’. He takes twists and turns in his life trying to figure out the natural from the cultural. Its time to ‘influence’ children to be careful about potholes and quicksand. Who else better than the parents to do it. Its very important for parents to be the chief ‘influencers’ and guide them through a small part of their life and then empower them with enough ‘experiences’ for them to carry on.
I guess this is the new balance to strike between military-like disciplining and total ‘freedom’.
This series of books aims to directly touch upon the ‘spark’ in a person and get them to connect with something they ‘love’ to do. In the process, we believe that the person who gets the book always has a reference point of their own to go back to any point of time in their lives.
We are open to making a ‘special story’ for your child or whoever you think needs it.
Write to us with the name of the person and a little on what they ‘love’ to do. We’d love to make a story on the person to help discover ‘who they are’.
Should you be interested in this work and you want us to work on something like this for you, do write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arya loves to climb
She wanted to catch the round moon
She climbed up the rectangular cave
she climbed on the straight rope
saw triangular trees
went over rocks of squares
looked over a zig zag town
And then she came circling down