Friday, November 03, 2006

Padma T.V. - Profile of an author

Padma T.V. who is a Chennai-based author with an amazing array of children's books to her credit. Padma creates fascinating stories for children that can be appealing not only to children but also to adults who have missed out on reading fun books similar to Padma's growing up. She has 18 animal stories to her credit that fall under the series "The amazing animal kingdom", and they are sure to appeal to young children. I am amazed at this author's multifarious talents. She has a scientific background, and writes on every topic under the sun - from oceanography to history to architecture, painting, geology, paleontology, politics, science, philosophy etc. Beware! She is one author that can make you actually make you feel jealous while reading her books to your children, and that voice inside you, if you know what I mean, will make you wonder "how could she do it all? Wow!!"

Padma also writes for older audiences, which I am yet to explore, given she has so much to offer in the children's book genre. My 4 yr old daughter, who is an avid animal lover (who wants to be an animal caretaker when she grows up :-) ) loves all kinds of animal stories, and Padma's books are a treasure trove of knowledge and fun for my little one. Her books can easily transport children to ancient lands, under the sea, into the jungle etc.

Children can discover amazing facts from her works of fiction- whether it is historical fiction or animal kingdom - her stories are sheer fun and a delight for children to read, and for parents to read with their children. She even has an upcoming series of Mathematical folktales. Padma's work reminds me of an American children's book author Mary Pope Osbourne,who is popular for her Magic Tree House Series - her chapter books for little ones feature Jack and Annie embarking on amazing adventures! (more about Jack and Annie in my future reviews)

Some of Padma's recent works include The Forbidden Temple Historical Fiction; Mathematical Folktales, and her latest nonfiction picture book - The Albertosaurus Mystery: Philip Currie's Hunt in the Badlands - about a dinosaur and a fossil hunter is a nonfiction picture book for children in the age group 9 - 12.


Priya said...

WOW...your writing style is soo convincing. I actually want to rush to the public library and look for one of Padma's books !!
When I read the title 'Magic Tree', the only book that came up in my mind is Enid Blyton's The Faraway Tree That was my all time fav book. (the was is actually is, but thats a secret..shhhhh ;-))

Wiki link for the book

Krithika said...

Thanks for suggesting this book. I have added it to my buy list.

Ashwini said...

Prabha what a wonderful effort. I am very impressed with your recommendations and research. I am passing on this info to my nephews and nieces.
Can't you please start an adult books blog too? :-)

FH said...

I like your review, very helpful!Thanks:)My kids are too old read this, but will keep it in mind.

Shah cooks said...

Interesting Blog. I have got all kinds of book for my little one but haven't really ventured into Indian authors so ur posts are informative. Thanks.

Deepak Gopi said...

Nice post.Thnx 4 info.
Iwill try to read her books.

Padma Venkatraman said...

Thanks so much for your wonderful work and your dedication to children's literature. It's an honor to be featured on your blog.
I can't wait to let you know when my Young Adult novel is out - it's just been accepted by Penguin.
Here's my comment to your readers: please do buy good books for your children and schools and libraries (and to give away as gifts, in goody bags, etc. etc). And do talk about books you like and encourage others to read them.
The growing community of Indian authors needs your support!
Hope to see you on my website ( or or my blog (


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