Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spotlight : Colors of the Sun & Moon




Colors of the Sun & Moon by Talia Aikens-Nunez

Colors of the Sun and Moon is an English/Spanish STEM book which featuring an inquisitive young girl and her grandmother. The bright illustrations engage children and illuminate the science of the horizon with vibrant colors.

An inquisitive young girl questions her grandmother about the science behind the colors of the sun and moon. With a forward by Spencer Christian. "Colors of the Sun and Moon" is the second book from the new multicultural, multilingual children's press, SundanceKid Press. The mission of SundanceKid Press is to promote cultural, ethnic/racial and linguistic diversity in children's literature. Each page includes the English text along with the Spanish translation. A free audio recording is available on the SundanceKid Press website.



Forward by Spencer Christian

As a young child, I was much like the little girl in this book - intensely curious about the wonders of the natural world - asking questions such as those put forth by young Gabriela, “Why is the sky blue; why are leaves green?” My search for answers took me on a fascinating path of discovery, which eventually led me to become a national TV weather forecaster.
If the child in you - or a child you know - finds the world to be a wondrous place, your path to discovery can be found in the pages of “Colors of the Sun and Moon.” “Colors of the Sun and Moon” is the story of 8-year-old Gabriela and her wise and loving grandmother - a grandmother who has the answers to all of her precious granddaughter's questions about the world of wonders they see around them. While Abuela's answers are simple enough for a young child to understand, they are factual and scientifically sound.

I applaud author Talia Aikens-Nuñez for giving her readers a story that is appealing on so many levels: it is educational, entertaining, and family-focused. What a rare combination of elements! As I read “Colors of the Sun and Moon,” images from my own childhood flashed in my mind, and I found myself smiling in amusement and amazement. I feel certain that the young reader and the not-so-young reader in your home will enjoy this book as much as I did.

- Spencer Christian, Weather Anchor for ABC 7/KGO-TV, San Francisco

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Author Talia Aikens-Nuñez

Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children's books. Talia's family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. They live on a river in Connecticut with their kids.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Colorful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal

32938026No. of Pages : 194
Publisher : Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Published on : Novemeber 16, 2016
Genre : Young Adult
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My review

The author has written this book solely keeping in mind the youngsters. Today the youngsters(including myself) are streaming with adrenaline rush that they(we) decide anything in the spur of the moment. We don’t think about the risks involved. If something holds our interest we will do everything to satisfy those desires whether it is small or big and sometimes even someone like our parents opposes to it. We will go to extremes. When I meant ‘ Extremes’ it includes all daring adventures. Nothing scares us at this point of stage. So this book is told from Abhay’s point of view who is also our hero. His sidekick is Shashank alias Sasha. They are both twenty five.

Abhay comes from a poor family background as his mother and father are separated. He didn’t want to live with his stepmother, consequently he lives alone. He wanted an answer from his mother for leaving him with his father but his mother to convince him says his father is rich so he can provide whatever that he wants. She doesn’t give a proper answer . Speaking of, it is very clear that is why he has friended Sashank who comes from a well protected joint family. In the first half his jealousy is justified. Shashank has got it all, a loving family and a very beautiful girlfriend. He has enough on his plate. On the other hand, Abhay though he is handsome is lacking in all areas. 

Abhay who worked in an advertising company which paid him well quit his job to visit some of the important places all around India to make a movie out of it. He asks his best buddy Sashank to accompany him on this exciting adventure. Shashank’s parents wouldn’t allow it. But after asking an opinion from his uncle who himself is a traveler they agree. Now they have to convince Sasha’s girlfriend Unnati’s parents. Here I have a doubt to ask the author if Abhay quits his job, it is his decision. What happened to Shashank and Unnati’s jobs. Did they quit too? Today finding a job is like rain in desert. I mean how did they agree to Abhay’s wish?I don’t know the answer.

Then another thing that caught my eye. Though Unnati’s mother is modern, her father is not. How can they trust two male companions with their daughter even when Abhay and Sasha try to convince them both? These days we can’t trust a girl with a male even if it is her father. We read a lot in daily newspapers about the rapes and gang rapes committed by men. It is as if Unnati’s parents live in another planet. How can they let Unnati to go with two strangers they have only known for just a short period of time. And what about their long journey? Will they not miss their only daughter?Abhay has no one but this is not true in both Unnati and Shashank’ s case. 

If we exclude the minor errors , the 'Colorful notions' is perhaps the only one book that is written detailing the road trip of three youngsters.I would suggest this book to all those who are fed up of their daily routine that is wake up, get ready, go to office, come back, sleep and wake up next morning to do what they did yesterday all over again with an exception goes to Sundays and for some including Saturdays.

I want to share everything from the book but it will be considered as spoilers. Hence I will stop here only with this. Abhay's mother who we thought she left her husband without giving a reason actually has a valid reason. Buy the book to know what it is. It energized me and made me stronger to face life's challenges.

I am also a twenty five year old woman who worked in an office(just resigned to find a more suitable job- what a timing) so I was able to connect with the characters well. I am in fact surprised with all the details regarding the road trip that felt like I am also visiting those places with the protagonists and getting into trouble because of mischief. In short, If you are reading this, buy the book to free yourself from stress. I am sure you will like it. The plus point of the book is the entertainment quotient otherwise this book will be dull and boresome.

Rating 3.5/5

My verdict I can't help noticing it. This book is very cheap at Rs.176 only. It is worth buying. It is a great adventure thriller. Don't miss it.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Deep Singh Blue by Ranbir Singh Sidhu

No. of pages : 243
Publisher : The unnamed press
Published on : March 29, 2016
Genre : Young Adult
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My review

I have always wondered what kind of life a child will have in a dysfunctional family. I had no clue as I have not met one until I read this book. In ‘Deep Singh Blue’ I got more than a glimpse of life of a child especially a teenager. The novel is about Deep Singh who hails from a Punjabi family settled in US. His dad and mom always support their eldest son, Jag for everything as he has a job. Thus, Deep Singh leads a loveless life. This is when he meets Lily, a 27 year old married woman in his Junior college. At first glance, her story is difficult to comprehend but when the story progresses he learns a lot about Lily. By then, he has started to love Lily more than his family. Lily’s abusive past is sure enough to make him fall head over heels with her. But will she reciprocate his love? He is over a decade younger than her.

As Mother Teresa had said “Everyone should know they are loved”, Deep Singh and Lily liked each other(just as a friend by Lily) because no one else did or at least they thought so.I must admit, I felt sorry for both Lily and Deep Singh for their loveless life. But this doesn’t mean I supported their relationship. He could be her brother. Deep Singh is very young. He is only sixteen. Lily must have made some sense into his brain which has fallen heedlessly in love with her. Even though she tried so hard , Deep Singh turned out to be a home wrecker. I thought that if Lily had not made him take advantage of her, he wouldn't have become an animal. And who says Deep Singh is not loved by anyone. He has Chuck, his best friend with whom he shares everything. Lily spoiled Deep Singh not the other way around.

Parents should be their children’s best guardians and well wishers. In Deep Singh’s family this is lacking. His mother is also not supportive. All she does is cry. His brother who doesn’t speak much tells him to die. His parents don't bother about this devilish character of their eldest son and all they do is try to find a suitable bride for him. Deep Singh parents are fully unaware of Jag’s mentally ill behavior. How can they be like that? When it comes to Lily’s family whose Chinese mother being a prostitute unintentionally made her to fall in love just to escape with Eddie, her husband at a young age. However, these two characters are under developed. 

There are flaws in all the characters in the novel. This is what makes the book a real page turner. The book is an intense and emotional. It is a must read book by all parents with teenagers. How to raise children with discipline may not be found in this book but it warns you about the signs why the children behave in a certain way. How much do you love your children?Read the book and find out for yourself. Direct your child or children towards the right path.

My likes

Deep Singh Blue is otherwise a wonderful novel penned down beautifully by author Ranbir Singh Sidhu. The novel is on the melancholy side and yes, I loved it that way. The vagaries of emotions displayed by the characters fooled me into thinking, this must be a real life story. We learn what the power of favoritism can do to change the behavior of children very well. 

Rating 3.5/5

My verdict

I don't understand why Deep Singh's parents love their first son foolishly. Why they turn a blind eye to his mental illness? I think all the readers of this book would agree with me. May be it is because they are illiterate or is the answer known only to the author.The ending left me bewildered. However, I recommend this book to all parents out there. Buy this book and see if you understand your children well or not. In this book, you will learn communication is the best way forward to raise a good kid.

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