The River at Night
Nandini Majumdar
Zarina Khatun
age group: 
3+ yrs
Number of pages: 
trees sleep rivers night embroidery
picture book, folk art

It is night and the author whimsically imagines that the river, the steps by the river and even the trees all go to sleep. Until the wind starts up and...

A creative story line, almost as gentle as a soft lullaby being crooned in the night. This delightful book reminds me of the all-time classic Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown in which a hush seems to envelop all around the little world of the child imparting a sense of peace, tanquillity and security.

Adding to the charm of the book is ihe innovative use of zardoshi 'sewing with gold', for the font and the illustrations, a style of embroidery patronised by the mughal Emperors but now on a decline. Congratulations to NIRMAN and Eklavya for the exciting new use of traditional embroidery.

A great bedtime read!

Reviewed by Shamim Padamsee