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?
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Though I did like how the pictures were illustrated, and the moral of the story. I feel as though it lacked something that I can not put my hand on exactly. Me and K finished this book up about three days ago and I have been thinking on how to write this review up. Some of the words were hard to pronounce, and I understand that since this is a story set in India it would have names from there. K didn't really understand the full meaning of the tree. I had to explain it to him, what he got was that the people wanted to tear the tree down and they were not suppose to. I liked the cultural of another place is within this story so you understand where it is taking place.
The rhyming that is through out the story will keep the kids enjoying it. I would say I liked the story but I couldn't really feel the story out or connect with it. Would this be something I want to read to my children again probably not. But I will say give this book a try and see if you like it.
About the Author:
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.
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