This is an adorable, fanciful children's book that tells the story of how an ancient Banyan tree (or Bargad) managed to endure through the ages and become the center of its communities life. But can Bargad survive modern ambition? And what's going to happen to the citizens of his community if he doesn't?
Between the short length, easy rhyming and fanciful crayon illustrations, this would probably be best for three to six year olds. However, parents will definitely enjoy reading it to their child as well.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Bargad by Suhash Kommuru (Review, Excerpt and Giveaway)
Author: Subhash Kommuru
Illustrator: Sujata Kommuru
Published: December 4th, 2013
Publisher: Kommuru Books
Word Count: 2,000
Genre: Children’s Book
A tree that has used its branches to keep people safe for many decades now needs help from those same people to save itself. In Hindi, Bargad means Banyan Tree, the national tree of India. Bargad is a compelling story of love, compassion and gratitude that incorporates the Banyan tree as a way to teach children how to care for and respect many things - from family to the environment, in a way that is easy-to-understand. While this wonderful old tree has withstood all the challenges of time, will it now be able to withstand modernization and will any of the people in the small village come to its aid to help save it the way it has helped save them over generations?
Subhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself. Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea! These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.
There is an International tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
Ebook copy of Bargad