Malati Shah
Amrita Kanther
age group: 
5+ yrs
Number of pages: 
generosity folk art flowers
picture book, fiction


A thing of beauty is a joy forever. This well-turned turned out book with minimal text and appealing illustrations, in the Pahari style of miniature  painting is sure to delight kids for years to come.

The story line is very simple. Kusum, the gradener's wife, requests him to bring her the flowers that look like the moon - the pristine white magnolias!

At dusk, as the sun is setting, he remembers his wife's words and plucks a big bunch of the flowers and distributes them to all those whom he loves. Tsering and baby Norbu who came from Tibet, the school girl with ribbons in her hair, the engine driver and so on!
And for Kusum, his wife? He gives her a handful of the magnolia seeds to plant.

As, he goes around distributing the flowers one cannot help wishing that instead of plucking so many of those gorgeous blossoms from the trees, it might have been a better idea for him to have let them be, for birds and insects to enjoy their bounty and handed over to all his friends the seeds to plant - a la Johnny Appleseed!  

Reviewed by Shamim Padamsee