Raindrops by Vaishali Shroff,
Pictures by Ruchi Mhasane
Published by Tulika Books
As a mother who always delights in watching her kids go wild about puddle-jumps, paper-boats, no rain-coats, upside-down umbrellas, I’m all in favor of the possibilities of play a rainy day presents. And as for indoor pleasures that rains offer, picking a picture book to snuggle around with my kids would no doubt be my first choice. Now pair it with a steaming cup of ginger chai, you’d agree, it just can’t get any better!
Soaked in soft watercolours page after page, with pictures depicting rainy day delights, here’s a brand new book, Raindrops by Vaishali Shroff, perfectly timed for the monsoon season. One I’m sure, all picture book aficionados like me would love getting cozy with.
The simple, unassuming style of writing instantly caught my attention. Short and crisp lines make reading aloud a pleasure. They go like this - “Long needles of rain fell to the ground. Black clouds crowded the sky. Colourful umbrellas dotted the street”. Now throw in some imaginative ideas like, rain drops running a race sliding on window pane, drops of water turning into tiny pebbles, aptly reflecting a child’s unique way to turn even the ordinary into extra-ordinary, what’s there to not like?
The illustrations neatly evoke a rainy day mood portraying little Anju and the familiar sights she sees around her; neat, little things she imagines, finally followed by a heart-warming surprise. Raindrops is the kind of book that is sure to put a smile on a child’s face. Colorful umbrellas dotting the cover page can leave everyone in the family craving for some watercolors to create artsy stuff.
There are very few books where all elements stick together to make it a winner. Raindrops is one such treasure that's all set to become a household favorite. More power to picture books that don’t preach, but simply convey ideas to little ones that are completely relatable!