Wondering which books to read to your child? Welcome to this wonderful 10 weeks long project of #MondayMorningReviews where Shital Choudhary, a passionate storyteller & a mom herself, shares children’s book reviews every Monday! The age group for these books is 0-4 years. This review series will help you choose the best books for your baby / toddler / preschooler / kindergartener. This week’s pick is Clumsy! Read on this full book review.
Author: Ken Spillman
Illustrator: Manjari Chakravarti
Publisher: Tulika Publishers
Age Group: 2+ years
About The Book:
Disability is not always physically glaring, sometimes it’s more like inability to do things the way it’s expected. The book tells a tale of a girl who lacks heavily in what we call ‘motor skills’, yes! And how she is been treated by all around her on this point alone.
Family, friends, teachers call her names; Some call her ‘Clumsy’, some ‘Butterfingers’, some ‘Slowcoach’, some ‘Messy’ and what not!
One day, her grandmother gives her a paintbox. She loves to paint. In her imagination she is not clumsy, not butterfingers, not messy. She loves to draw and paint her imagination. She also signs off her painting with a name, that’s not Clumsy or butterfingers or messy or slowcoach, but with her real name. Because she has one just like all of us.
The beauty of the story is the message hidden in it. Let’s accept all inabilities around us instead of shaming! Let’s focus on abilities a person possesses rather than not.
|Book review contributed by Shital Choudhary
Chief Reviewer at Children’s Book Reviews & Stories
Shital Choudhary is a passionate storyteller (a Kathalaya Alumina) and a mom to a 6 year old. Apart from power of stories in teaching concepts and values, she believes that stories can come at your rescue absolutely at any situation in your parenting journey. You can reach out to her at storywayschool [AT] gmail.com. She documents her book reviews, recommendations and reading out experiences at her Facebook page – Children’s Book Reviews & Stories