Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bookaroo in the City (Day 4) : A Festive Celebration

Have you ever fallen into the pages of a book and fallen off your chair laughing? Have you ever smelled the earth as you see the picture of rain falling on parched mud? Pratham Books brings you such magic in your world with books! Pratham Books is proud to present "Bookaroo in the City" across 22 schools in Delhi. And guess who all are coming? Anthony Horowitz, Cindy Jefferies, Paro Anand, Lian Tanner ....and many other exciting names from the world of books.

Indira Ganesh writes about the storytelling session conducted by Vinita Krishna...

Day 4 of 'Bookaroo in the City' turned into a treat for the children of Billabong High International School. Master Story Teller Vinita Krishna was going to weave the magic of stories with the children and teachers of Billabong High International School. The children had been preparing for this event for almost a week. They had made beautiful posters, decorated the lawns with festoons and were eagerly waiting for the author to arrive. Their mentors had told them about Vinitaji's books and they were well aware of her contribution to Tamanna--the school for the differently abled. To everyone's surprise Vinitaji regaled her young audience with a folk lore in a regional language. It was one of those chain stories where a series of events happen repetitively and then the whole series is told back. Before long the children were chanting---Kaa Khaye kaa Pi, Kaa le jaye pardes. It was lovely to see everyone including the teachers and the children join the story narration enthusiastically. It was a beautiful day with the lovely sunshine, balmy breeze and the ambience created by the school adding to the overall magic. There were loud protests from the young audience when Vinitaji's session concluded. They were pacified by promises of further visits. It was a touching moment to see one of the students who is also a special child walking up to Vinitaji and inviting her to visit the Sanchetna centre for the special children within the school. The school bade Vinitaji a warm farewell and asked her to visit them every year with 'Bookaroo in the City'.

View more images from all the Bookaroo events here.

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