Summers mean vacations for schools, where we reside and that means lot of books are lying around the house. Some of them get to be read again and many join in the family of books that we have.
Here are a few new releases and one old recommendation that is apt for summer.
Lucky, it’s Summer by Nalini Sorensen and illustrated by Shamika Chaves, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, is a light read and perfect for leisure reading.
Adit and Zara are going to be left with Nana and Nani as Mom and Dad are visiting an aunt in another city. It’s also summer and Adit and Zara have to go somewhere for vacations.
Right from conversations at home where travel means going to foreign shores to the reluctance or happiness in visiting grandparents homes depending on children they meet in neighbourhoods to play or other plans being set up, Lucky, It’s Summer is relatable to what happens in many of our homes.
So along with two kids, Nana and Nani are supposed to look after even Lucky, the pet dog. Lucky is important as the story is from Lucky’s perspective.
This is a great read for 7 to 10 year olds and also a reminder to consider vacations as an opportunity to spend time with grandparents, cousins rather than only streamlined summer camps or visiting foreign locales. It can be those too but time with grandparents will be a memory that is irreplaceable.
With humour interspersed this makes for a fun read with a dog, a parrot and a tortoise living with Adit and Zara along with Nana and Nani.
Mums and Stories gives it a 5 on 5.
2) Happy Holidays by Shamika Chaves, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Happy Holidays is more of an activity book with suggestions to get outdoors or try a few things at home or meet others rather than stick to gadgets.
The illustrations are quirky, in black and white and run like a cartoon strip, yet eye catchy.
Activities are listed like
a) Climb a tree and have a look at the world from a different perspective.
There are also Did you know interesting facts listed along each activity like- Did you know that trees are able to communicate with, and defend themselves from , attacking insects.
b) Choose an easy-to-make recipe and cook it under an adult’s supervision.
Did you know, most children who learn to cook at a young age grow up to be more confident in life.
c) Play hide-and-seek with your friends. Make the game spooky by playing in the dark, at home.
Did you know the game of hide-and-seek came from a Greek game called ‘apodidraskinda’.
Happy Holidays lists down doable activities and is a recommended book. Mums and Stories gives it a 4.5 over 5 and we loved the illustrations.
We also recommend this book, which we have reviewed earlier and it was time to take it out from the bookshelf for the season and love of mangoes.
You can read the review – here
Here’s wishing everyone a happy reading phase this summer.