Children have a natural affinity towards animals. Katha digs out two special stories from the wild in two picture books designed to enthrall and educate young minds.
Polar Bear by Norbert Rosing
This short picture book carries within it the tale that is large and heartwarming. In a few words, and aided by some spectacular real-life shots, the book seeks to dispel the fear that we sometimes have about wild animals.
The book takes the reader to the icy wilds of Canada, where the author, an explorer, encounters a Polar Bear. Now we’ve heard a lot of them, have we not? Are they as dangerous as they are made out to be? Read to find out! This book comes from a place of authenticity as the author is indeed an experienced writer on wildlife.
Tigers Forever! By Ruskin Bond and David Stribbling
This is a heartwarming poem on tigers. It is also a blessing- May there always be tigers. In a very subtle way, Bond weaves magic into the simple words of this little poem.
He is undoubtedly one of India’s finest storytellers, and he is known for his affinity to nature and wildlife. He is known equally well for being able to relate to young minds. This passion comes across very strongly even in the few but impactful lines that make up this book.
Those who have seen a tiger at arm’s length ( preferably not in a zoo but in the wild!) would be able to connect with the sheer aura of this amazing creature. The book brings out this very aspect of the tiger.