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Grandma’s Eyes By Sandhya Rao. Artwork by Ashok Rajagopalan Ten. Text and Artwork by Shefali Jain. Tulika publications, 2005   One Lonely Unicorn By Meenakshi Bharadwaj. Artwork by Sonali Biswas; Daddoo’s Day Out Text and Artwork by Prabhjot Kaur. Katha publications, Delhi, 2004   Malli By Jeeva Raghunath. Artwork by Nancy Raj; The Boy Who Loved Colour By Subir Shukla. Artwork by Nina Sabnani. Tulika Publications   Autorickshaw Blues and Other Colours By Sadhana Ramchander. Artwork by Ragini Siruguri and Taposhi Ghoshal; The Magic Raindrop By Geeta Dharamrajan. Katha Publications, 2005   Veggies go on a Beauty Parade By Chetna Keer Bannerjee. Artwork by Soumen Bhowmick. Rupa publications, 2005   The Runaway Puppy By Sarand Dev Murthy. Katha publications, 2004   Leaves Text and Artwork by Enrique Lara and Luis Garcia. Katha Publications   The Princess with the Longest Hair By Komilla Raote. Katha Publications, 1998   The Smartest Giant in Town Text and Artwork by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Campbell Books, 2005   Machhli ne Samachar Sune By Venkatraman Gowda. Artwork by Srikrishna Kedilaya; Khilkhil Tota By Manorama Jafa. Artwork by Viky Arya. Rajiv Gandhi Foundation-Pratham Books   The Song of a Scarecrow Text and Artwork by Suddhasatwa Basu. Katha, Delhi   The best way to judge a children’s book is of course to read it to a child and observe the child’s reaction to both the story and the illustrations. If the book holds the child’s interest the mother will be harassed till she reads it out again and again (sometimes upto five times at a stretch) and the child will remember the names of the characters and also point out interesting pictures drawn alongside. The following review therefore is not mine but based on the reactions of two little children, both girls and aged four and two respectively.   Grandma’s Eyes is simply delightful! Easy to understand and visualize – it is an ideal book for a baby or pre-toddler. More so since babies at this age do consider their mothers and grandmothers as being theirs alone and are extremely possessive about their laps.   One Lonely Unicorn is exactly how it is described – a counting book with a difference. Most counting books feature animals, but here the animals interact and make a story and there is still another story of Hawasi the Hippo thrown in. It’s an absolutely engrossing tale, which apart from introducing counting also introduces a bit of Geography. The information about the animals as well as ...

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