Author: Subhash Kommuru
Illustrator: Sujata Kommuru
Published: December 4th, 2013
Word Count: 2000
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?
Review by J. Hooligan
When I first read the synopsis of Bargad, I thought it would be a good book to read to my spawn (He's also a lover of books), so I was quick to agree to a review.
Right away, he was impressed by the pictures, they helped keep him immersed in the story.
It was a sweet story with a great message - but the way it was told made it an awkward read. I understand it was a story from another country, but it would have been nice to have a pronunciation guide either at the front or after certain words. I am still not entirely sure I said them correctly. Also, some of the pages didn't flow as easily as others. Normally, after I read my son a book, we can discuss the book and he can tell me what I just read. In this one, he wasn't entirely sure. But he did like the pictures.
With that being said, I would rate this 3/5 platypires.
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