Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Two Rhyming picture books by Mara Bergman - Reviewed by Chitra Soundar

This week I had the wonderful opportunity to read these two rhyming texts written by Mara Bergman.




Mara is a master in narrative rhyme. Both these stories are full of intricate details and naturally falling rhythms, matched by the wonderful illustrations.

The Tall Man and the Small Mouse is illustrated by Birgitta Sif and Best Friends is illustrated by Nicola Slater.


I read these two books to my nephews – 8 and 5 – and they were engrossed in the story so much that they wanted to turn the page without waiting. They spent a long time poring over the little details in the illustrations from the endpapers to the main characters.


In The Tall Man and the Small Mouse, we see how two people however different can work together if they work to their strengths and how such friendships are valuable and wonderful for all of us.


In Best Friends, we see three dogs, very different in their appearance and attitude making friends with each other and also connecting their families to be friends too. That’s what best friends do – they bring together everyone. It subtly reminds us that to be good friends and best friends, we don’t have to be cut of the same cloth.


In both the books, the rhyming verse is precise and beautiful and unexpected. The twists and turns in the story keep them wanting to turn the pages.


If you love rhyming books or dogs or clocks, if you love writing them or reading them, then don’t miss these two books. And check out all of Mara Bergman’s books – both for children and adults alike.

Chitra Soundar is an internationally published, award-winning author of over 40 books for children. She is also an oral storyteller and writer of theatre and TV for children. Her stories are inspired by folktales from India, Hindu mythology and her travels around the world. Find out more at Follow her on Twitter @csoundar


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