In the present day and age when materialism is at an all-time high and people just cannot stop indulging themselves with the latest gizmos and fads, this heartwarming book is a timely reminder that giving can give as much pleasure and happiness as getting.
The two stories of this book are written in verse, which in itself is quite a difficult feat to pull off. In the first, a peacock named Mr Get, who, true to his name, just could not get enough. The more he had the more he wanted and was loath to part with even a little something to help others.
When Muglee arrived in the Gir forest (for that’s where Mr Get lived) she was aghast at his self-centered attitude and quickly convinced him that giving was as good as getting.
Strangely, that was the very first night that, Mr Get, enjoyed a good night’s sleep, and, even better, the act of giving cured him of his unbearable – Zing Zigity Zitch itch!
In the second story, Something Good, a smelly wild boar, named Stink-a-saur, and a prickly porcupine called Hokey Pokey Poo, were prevented from participating in the Garba ball on account of their respective failings. Everyone in the jungle was swirling and dancing to the throbbing Dandiya beat, but unfortunately, the two friends were turned away.
This time round, it was Mr Get, the reformed peacock, who went to their aid and made the other animals realize that everyone had a role to play in life – and that we all have some talents that can be used towards the greater good.
whilst the story conveyed the all important message of inclusiveness, one is saddened to read that the vipers and king cobras (a highly endangered species), are portrayed as evil creatures that had to be either driven out of the jungle or killed by the helpful porcupine in order to protect the other denizens of the jungle!
Not a good message to give to children, as snakes, are already much maligned and feared, and sadly, are fighting a losing battle, especially here in India.
Other than that, children will love the book, especially the illustrations that are strikingly vibrant and highly engaging, with each page having a unique border design.
All in all, a good read.