Author: Subhash Kommuru
Illustrator: Sujata Kommuru
Published: December 4th, 2013
Publisher: Kommuru Books
Word Count: 2,000
Genre: Children’s Book
A tree that has used its branches to keep people safe for many decades now needs help from those same people to save itself. In Hindi, Bargad means Banyan Tree, the national tree of India. Bargad is a compelling story of love, compassion and gratitude that incorporates the Banyan tree as a way to teach children how to care for and respect many things - from family to the environment, in a way that is easy-to-understand. While this wonderful old tree has withstood all the challenges of time, will it now be able to withstand modernization and will any of the people in the small village come to its aid to help save it the way it has helped save them over generations?
My Review: I have never reviewed a children's book before now it is a little bit different for me. Bargad is a very thought provoking. The story is about a Banyan tree that sits in the middle of the mayors way of progress for the town so he want's Bargad removed. Only to realize later that he maybe wrong about Bargad and how helpful of tree he really is. I found Bargad to be a very heart warming story with some very good lessons to be learned from. I hope you will go pick up a copy and sit and read Bargad to your little one today!
About the Author:
Subhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself. Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea! These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.
There is an International tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
- Ebook copy of Bargad