"The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries," said Rene Deccartes, French mathematician, philosopher and scinetist, born this day in 1596.
American actress Rhea Jo Perlman was also born on March 31, and I know her best for the role as the crazy mother in 'Matilda', the movie made from the book by the same name by my favourite author Roald Dahl. Rhea's books for children included the illustrated children's book series, Otto Undercover. The fifth book in the series, The Brink of the Ex-Stink-Tion, was chosen by Child magazine as one of the best books of the year 2007. Otto Undercover is a series about a boy named Otto, whose parents are working undercover. His race car is the fastest in the world. The mystery of his parents is not revealed until the final book, Brain Freeze.
On March 31, many many years ago, the then 24-year-old writer Charles Dickens published his first monthly installment of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, under the pseudonym Boz.
And there is someone celebrating a birthday today in the Pratham Books office too! For all those born on March 31, and for all those born on any other day, here is a lovely little book from a wonderful site called International Children's Digital Library.
Happy Birthday! And Happy Reading!
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