Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"The Magic of Friendship" by Subhash Kommuru

The Magic of Friendship
by Subhash Kommuru

The Magic of Friendship is recommended for children ages 3 to 8. This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by Mother Daughter Book Promotion Services.

For another book by this author, check out my blog post on Mother's Love Can Conquer Any Fear.

A flock of migrating geese stumble upon Tadoba, the land of the fierce tiger Babbar who does not tolerate anyone in his area. Will Babbar show any mercy? Can he change? Will the geese make it to safety? This is a story about change - a transformation that comes with the magic of friendship. Personality may not change, but nature can surely change.
This story will shows the value of friendship and how that can change a person, particularly one who is lonely and never really had the gift of laughter.

Praise for the Book
"Committed to introducing Indian culture into children’s literature, Kommuru has set The Magic of Friendship in the heart India amid an imagined Tadoba Forest, which is not that farfetched from the real Tadoba National Park and Tiger Reserve near Maharashtra, India. Including other aspects of the country, such as the banyan tree - its national tree, and Kojagiri, an Indian term loosely related to a celebration, Kommuru’s story opens opportunities for children to learn and ask questions about another part of the world. Closing with a great moral that children will easily be able to figure out, The Magic of Friendship, is not just a fascinating read. Wonderfully written with aptly complementing illustrations, it is also a welcomed addition to children’s literature." ~ Pacific Book Review
"I really enjoyed this story. I thought it expressed how friendship changes people and makes their lives better very well. The art is cute and explanatory without the story as well." ~ Phaedra S., Amazon
"When it comes to stories about friendship, children’s picture book literature is replete with tales of boys and girls who form mutually beneficial relationships; but The Magic of Friendship aims for something more and stands above most others in pairing vivid, colorful animal drawings with a narrative that at first seems predictable, but offers some satisfying differences … the real value of friendship and its world-changing potentials in this winning, feel-good story perfect for read-aloud or young picture book readers." ~ D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"This is a really cute book that teaches that things are not always what they seem. The book is well illustrated and one that kids can easily relate to. This book is appropriate all the way up to 3rd grade reading level. My first grader was able to read it easily!" ~ Bonnie R., Amazon
"A story that will certainly put a smile on your face while teaching the importance of friendship." ~ Brenda C., Amazon

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
The animals of the Tadoba forest are all afraid of Babbar, the tiger. He is very scary and is said to have killed a flock of geese with his roar alone. "He is the undisputed king of Tadoba. He can get anything he wants anytime he wants ... except for happiness." Then Babbar meets the comedic donkey Hasmukh, who is full of life but also scares easily. Will a friendship blossom between this unlikely pair?
The book begins with a handy list of the characters, including their pictures and names. What follows is a lovely tale of how opposites attract and how friendship can change us ... for the better. It reinforces the fact that all of us have our own talents and that we are all uniquely ourselves. The delightful illustrations by Arul Anugragh Ross complement the text perfectly.

About the Author
Subhash and his wife Sujata Kommuru 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 puts 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.

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