Dance Of the Wild
Author: Richa Jha
Illustrator: Richa Mhasane
Age Range: 6+
Publisher: Pickle Yolk Books
Paperback: 32 pages
“Pleasing illustrations combined with the playfulness of the characters makes this book a delightful read”
The story in short:
Shilu loves to roam about freely: Without clothes! Like Pirate, her cat. This little story portrays the fun-filled give-and-take between the child and her grandmother.
Haven’t we all roamed around and danced freely as little kids without a care in the world about what anyone thought? Haven’t we wondered why we are burdened with wearing clothes all the time? How come the animals get to roam around in their ‘birth’ day attire? Ah ha! I have been guilty of that line of thought but it was so long ago that I have forgotten all about it. This book is a reminder to adults that ‘children will be children’: young and free and wild. Just let them be themselves, they will grow up soon enough.
Though the suggested age group for the book is 6+, my 4-year old son and I enjoyed reading it together. The wording is simple and rhythmic, and flows from one scene to the next. We had to pause the book reading for a bit for a dance and a twirl around the living room(albeit with all our clothes on!). The author does a good job of capturing the view of the world through a child’s eyes with expressions like “Pirate! You are a big cat now. Wear something!” and “Mamma’s teeth become big when she laughs“. Sounds like something my kid would say!
The first thing that struck me about the book was how beautifully it was illustrated. The soft, soothing palette chosen for this book makes it an ideal bedtime read. The illustrations go hand-in-hand with the narrative to move the story forward. The flowing lines embody the child’s free dancing spirit.
The children will identify with this book because it is in tune with their thought process. The parent will probably appreciate the imagery and laugh at the light banter between the child and the adults. If you are looking for a light, fun read with a couple of snuggles and giggles thrown into the mix, “Dance of the Wild” is for you.
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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I have received a copy of the book for review. Opinions are my own.