Sunday, March 14, 2010
Narrated By Vidya Balan
Written By Shobha Viswanath
Music By 3 Brothers & A Violin
Art By Shilpa Ranade
Ages 4 -8
Little Vinayak is the story of a baby elephant with a trunk so long that he trips and falls when we walks. Being different makes him feel painful and lonely. One after another, he tries several ideas offered by his mother and friends to fix the problem with his long trunk. But, nothing seems to help poor Vinayak. He continues to trip on his long trunk, until one day, a special somone visits him and shows him a very special way to approach the problem.
With refreshingly simple text paired with bright, bold illustrations, Little Vinayak is an inspiring story, which celebrates differences in a positive way. The endearing tale continues to touch the heart of my preschooler, long after the last page has been turned. Without being melodramatic (but through humor), the story can teach a child that it's OK to be different and a weakness can cease to exist, if you looked at it differently - and of course, what sets you apart can make you special, too!
Karadi has no doubt created some excellent picture books in the Read With Me Series. The storyline is simple enough for children to follow easily, and the illustrations are vibrantly colorful. Vidya Balan engagingly narrates the story in a humorous tone in the audio version of the book. Needless to mention, the music, sound effects and title song by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, are outstanding.