About the BookTitle: The Magic of Friendship | Authors: Subhash Kommuru & Sujata Kommuru | Publication Date: August 25, 2014 | Publisher: Kommuru Books | Pages: 42 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 Book Description: A flock of migrating geese stumble upon Tadoba, the land of the fierce tiger Babbar who does not tolerate anyone in his area. Will Babbar show any mercy? Can he change? Will the geese make it to safety? This is a story about change -- a transformation that comes with the magic of friendship. Personality may not change, but nature can surely change. This story will shows the value of friendship and how that can change a person, particularly one who is lonely and never really had the gift of laughter. Amazon | | Goodreads
The Buzz About the Book
"Committed to introducing Indian culture into children’s literature, Kommuru has set The Magic of Friendship in the heart India amid an imagined Tadoba Forest, which is not that farfetched from the real Tadoba National Park and Tiger Reserve near Maharashtra, India. Including other aspects of the country, such as the banyan tree — its national tree, and Kojagiri, an Indian term loosely related to a celebration, Kommuru’s story opens opportunities for children to learn and ask questions about another part of the world. Closing with a great moral that children will easily be able to figure out, The Magic of Friendship, is not just a fascinating read. Wonderfully written with aptly complementing illustrations, it is also a welcomed addition to children’s literature." ~ Pacific Book Review
"I really enjoyed this story. I thought it expressed how friendship changes people and makes their lives better very well. The art is cute and explanatory without the story as well."~ Phaedra S., Amazon
"When it comes to stories about friendship, children's picture book literature is replete with tales of boys and girls who form mutually beneficial relationships; but The Magic of Friendship aims for something more and stands above most others in pairing vivid, colorful animal drawings with a narrative that at first seems predictable, but offers some satisfying differences...the real value of friendship and its world-changing potentials in this winning, feel-good story perfect for read-aloud or young picture book readers." ~ D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"This is a really cute book that teaches that things are not always what they seem. The book is well illustrated and one that kids can easily relate to. This book is appropriate all the way up to 3rd grade reading level. My first grader was able to read it easily!" ~ Bonnie R., Amazon
"A story that will certainly put a smile on your face while teaching the importance of friendship." ~ Brenda C., Amazon
Heart of a Philanthropist's Take
What a fun story! The flock of geese are flying south for the winter, and one asks his father why they can't take a shortcut through the Tadoba forest. The father explains that a tiger scared the geese one year when they flew over the jungle, causing them to fall from the sky, and the tiger ate all the geese except one- that goose was him.
Further in the story we see the donkey Hasmukh who is quite a crazy and fun-loving character. He loves to laugh. Babbar the fierce lion who ate all the geese sees Hasmukh's joy and wants to learn how to laugh. This odd couple become friends and Babbar no longer haunts the animals in the Tadoba Forest. Hasmukh does not learn to be scary, and Babbar does not learn to laugh, but they find that their friendship is enough for them-thus the other animals had no more reason to fear Babbar.
I really enjoyed the story. This is the first book I read from Subhash Kommuru, but it will not be the last. His simple story telling style, written in third person kept my attention the entire time. My son who says all books are boring, actually took the book and read it to his father on his own! This showed me that Kommuru's books are popular with the young and older readers alike.
The illustrations were complimentary to the story. They were simple and colorful. If you are looking for a gift for a child 10 and under, get The Magic of Friendship.
About the Authors: Subhash & Sujata Kommuru
Subhash and Sujata Kommuru 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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